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Since the stone conveyor that used to go under the highway was removed a
couple of years ago, I think the "stone cone" landmark is no
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Subject: Re: Blue Ridge
>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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