moving circa 1920

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Mon Aug 14 21:52:38 EDT 2006

I thought that I would pass along a little story about
how the railroad played an important role in folks lives
in the 1920s. Also, it is something that I haven't
heard discussed very often.

My grandfather was born near Eggleston on the Virginian
side of the New River in Giles County. Circa 1920 his family
moved to Vinton. A few months before my grandfather passed
away it crossed my mind that his family probably didn't move
using a moving van. When I asked him about this he said that
his father contacted the railroad and they set off a boxcar
at a nearby siding for them. He could not remember where it
was set off nor on which side of the river. My grandfather,
his dad, and his brothers then used their horses and wagons to
haul all their belongings to the boxcar and loaded them up
themselves. I don't know if this was a full car load or not.
Once packed the railroad moved the boxcar to Roanoke and on to
Vinton. My grandfather gave all indications that it was
set off on an N&W siding near downtown Vinton. So it
is quite possible an interchange between the Virginian and the
N&W was involved. The whole family rode one of the passenger
trains to Vinton and from his recollections arrived at roughly
the same time as the boxcar. His family then unloaded the boxcar
and moved into their new house. Once empty they notified the
railroad and the boxcar was sent off on its next assignment.

Toney Minter

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