Line south of Roanoke

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Tue Jun 28 09:45:03 EDT 2005

Don C:
It's been a few years. Perhaps by now the movement has dissipated.
I came across a unit grain train on the Whitethorne District and using NS's
determined that it was a shipment from A.E.Staley to Liberty, NC (on
Southern's Greensboro-Sanford line -- the old A&Y). It was quite
to find that the route beyond Roanoke was the "Punkin Vine" to Winston,
Southern's "K" line Winston to Pomona (Greensboro), then to destination on
the "CF" line. Southbound, the grade over White Oak Mountain is far
superior than
those on the "Punkin Vine". It's also twelve miles (+ or -) longer to move
the train via
Winston. Why, then, would NS route the movement thru Winston ?

Harry Bundy
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