Closure of N&W Railway agency at Boyce in 1958

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Frank: A note in the Notices and Bulletins to Trainmen should be the
'official' notification announcing the closing of the station on a specific
date and time.

Does the N&WHS Archives have a list or collection of these? Beats me.

Gary Rolih

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April 27, 2009

Good morning, Ken:

I appreciate your helpfulness during January. I was at the Library of
Virginia reviewing articles in the CLARKE COURIER newspaper during 1958 and
located an article, "N&W Asks Commission to Close Boyce Station," in the
September 11, 1958, issue on page 7.

N&W Asks Commission to Close Boyce Station

The Norfolk & Western Railway Company has announced that the station
in Boyce will be closed, if permission is granted the company's application
before the State Corportation Commission.
The station has been in existence since 1914.
H. E. Carter, Superintendent of the Shenandoah Valley Division, said
the railroad company is losing money at the rate of over $300 a month. He
said that Clarke County Supply, Inc. uses the station more than any other
firm or person.
The total amount of money to keep the station in operation was
estimated at $7,500.
This building also houses the post office at Boyce.

Regrettably, I cannot locate a follow-up article that confirms the closure
occurred on a particular date. I will check the WINCHESTER EVENING STAR for
1958 on a future occasion.

While at the Library of Virginia, I looked at the 1958 and 1959 Virginia SCC
Annual Reports at HD2767.V882. However, there are no entries in the index
for closure of the Norfolk & Western (N&W) freight agency, Railway Express
agency, or Western Union agency at Boyce.

Is there another source for the Virginia SCC proceeding in this case which
shows an order date or discusses the merits of N&W's application? Also,
where would be the file of the application and any exhibits submitted by the

As a general observation, it seems that indexing of agency closures was not
comprehensive. Many appear in the annual report indexes, while others do
not. It is not clear why these inconsistencies occurred.

Best wishes,

Dr. Frank R. Scheer, Curator
Railway Mail Service Library, Inc.
f_scheer at
(202) 268-2121 - weekday office
(540) 837-9090 - Saturday afternoon
in the former N&W station on VA rte 723
117 East Main Street
Boyce VA 22620-9639
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