Pocahontas Division towers

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Tue Aug 30 18:08:54 EDT 2011

Harry -

Is the USRA 5/17/17 inventory for the Graham - Norton territory you
referred to in the Archives ? If not, do you know where I can get a
copy ?


Paul Mandelkern
Winter Park, FL


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Thank you Harry. The early N&W timetables show the St. Paul location as
'SX Tower' at least through 1950, but by 1/1/67 it was listed as simply
St. Paul.

I think the remains of the Cedar Bluff interlocking station are still
there, with NS having removed the top half of the structure. If I'm
correct, it appears as though it may still be used to house the Cedar
Bluff interlocking mechanism.


A 1955 Pocahontas Div. timetable shows no SX Tower. Traffic control
was a long time coming
to the Clinch Valley (1957), but Clinchfield converted to CTC long
before N&W and that may have
caused the closing of "SX". Having reviewed the USRA's 5/17/17
inventory for the Graham-
Norton territory, I found no entry for a tower on the N&W, so it must
have been a Clinchfield
operation, not that there's anything wrong with that. There is no
diamond at St. Paul, so
Clinchfield trains travel for a few hundred feet on the N&W before
diverting to Dante or Erwin.
Here's a real head-scratcher. On 1982 Clinchfield dispatcher's train
sheets, the station is
shown as St. Paul TOWER. Harry Bundy

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