Turning "Y's"

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Sat Dec 17 21:56:39 EST 2005

There were three places to turn locomotives on the Dry Fork Branch.
The first was the north terminus of the branch, at Iaeger, a mile or so from
Auville Yard.
The second was the Jacob Fork Branch off of the Dry Fork, about 26 miles
from Auville.
The third was at the south terminus of the branch, at Cedar Bluff

As far as coal traffic on the branch itself...trains were dispatched south
"up" the branch from Auville Yard to the various tipples. Some trains filled
and backed down the branch to the yard. Other trains that worked tipples
further up the branch, would turn the engine at Jacobs Fork and pull the
loads back to Auville, where they could be turned for the next trip "up".
There was a lot of other traffic that used the Y at Iaeger, such as freight
trains returning to Williamson, and Bluefield. And the turning of engines
that brought empties and tool the loads out both east and west of the
I am sure there were many other situations where these Y's were used to turn
steam engines, these are just the few I am familiar with.

Leslie Eversole


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Are Turning 'Y's" used at the end of any coal spurs or branches particularly
on the Pocahontas Division?
Regards....Clare Caughell
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