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I was in the area not long ago and couldn't find the Station or the
First photographers Bridge. But I think I found the Second. If I am not
mistakes it is across the street to the Stone Corp. Headquarters? can
any one confirm this for both myself and Mike.
NW Mailing List wrote:
> Your directions for the Blue Ridge station area will be very helpful.
> I could use a little more help for the second "photographer's bridge"
> though. Does the road leading to the bridge have a name? And what is
> Blue Ridge Stone Corporation's landmark crushed limestone "cone" ? Is
> it something quite large? Thanks.
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> Subject: Blue Ridge
>> To get to the ex-Blue Ridge station site, take US 460 east out of
>> Roanoke toward Lynchburg, or the reverse from Lynchburg west. At
>> Blue Ridge, get on CR 805 south off Rte 460 (should the road have
>> been renumbered, just ask locals for "old 805" that goes to the NS
>> bridge-overpass near the station site) and head in about .3 mi. When
>> in sight of the overpass, park along the roadside (little
>> traveled). Walk east up a rise to the still-active NS tracks, just
>> a minute or two's walk. The station site is east just several
>> hundred feet from the overpass, between the mainline and a spur off
>> the WB main that circled around the station on the north side. When I
>> last visited the site early in this decade the spur was still active
>> for stone crusher service, within sight to the east; a track still
>> departed north from the station site (above-referenced curved track)
>> to part of the limestone complex. The station occupied a fairly
>> tight squeeze between the WB main and the curved track.
>> There actually were two "photographer's bridges". The most
>> celebrated, at the eastern end of a .75-mi s-curve and about .4 mi.
>> west of the station, was on CR 616 about .3 mi south off Rte 460.
>> The bridge was dismantled decades ago and not replaced. CR 616 ends
>> near the bridge site, but you'd have to make your way through lots
>> of thicket to reach the track. I actually have walked west along
>> the track from the station site to the bridge site, admittedly not so
>> prudent. But the trek evokes an epic story.
>> The second bridge sought by photographers in N&W's steam era still
>> stands (to my knowledge) just east of Buford's Gap (last and first
>> Appalachian challenges for EB and WB traffic, respectively; .7 mi
>> east of the station site) just east of the Blue Ridge Stone
>> Corporation's landmark crushed limestone "cone" on the south side of
>> Rte 460. Turn south off Rte 460 on a private road leading to the
>> bridge, a hop and a skip away. The limestone "cone" will be in sight
>> to your right.
>> At Blue Ridge trackside you'll find a bounty of aging, rusting track
>> hardware all over, dating back to the "glory days". Also ankle-deep
>> cinder residue from the bowels of N&W's legendary fleet. Mute
>> testimonials to a grand rail saga..
>> The area signal tower, long gone, was at Villamont, about two miles
>> east of Blue Ridge, hard by the WB main.
>> Frank Gibson
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