Steam Operations Around Norfolk
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When I was a kid ,I used to ride my bike to the long-abandoned coach yard that was across the street from the Norfolk Terminal Station. The station was long-gone by that time, and the beautiful marble floor was being used as a parking lot.
Although empty,the Jack Frost Sugar building was still standing along Lovitt Avenue, which ran between the yard and the former station. Attached to it was a former N&W building, also empty. You may remember, those two buildings were later used as the Norfolk Farmer’s Market.
Through one of the windows on the former N&W building, I spotted an old 1962 calendar that featured black GP9’s.
Since I used to go to the old yard almost every Saturday when school was in session, and any random day during Summer vacation, there was often evidence of different cars that had been spotted in the yard. I was not aware at the time that the yard had ever been used as a coach yard.
One particular day, a tender was there as part of a MOW train. I was so excited, I thought I had found the holy grail. I just wished at the time that the steam locomotive had still been attached to the tender.
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Following arrival at Norfolk Terminal Station, the cars were taken across
the street (Park Street ?) to the Coach Yard for service. I don't believe
there was anyway to turn cars at the Water Street Yard. One thing to
remember is that eastbound N&W trains headed into NTS and the J came to
stop at the bumper post near Main Street. Only after the passengers and the
head-end traffic were unloaded and the shifter transferred the cars to the
Coach Yard was the J able to back to Lovitt Avenue and head to Lamberts
Point. In the cycle of Class J locomotives, the engine arriving NTS on No. 4
went to make No. 15. Even if No. 4 was on time, this gave Norfolk Terminal
about three hours to unload, move light to Lamberts Point, turn, service and
come back to NTS, then couple to cars assembled by the Coach Yard shifter
and get a brake test. Lamberts Point kept a "K" under steam to protect No. 15's
schedule -- just in case. Harry Bundy
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