"Takin'Twenty" with the Virginian Brethren by Skip Salmon

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Skip I look forward to your "TakinTwenty"'s, read them all, learn and
enjoy. Cal Reynolds.
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> Last night I had the pleasure of "Takin' Twenty" with nine of the Brethren

> and Friends of the Virginian Railway. We signed a card for VGN Yardmaster

> Rufus Wingfield who is recovering in Rehab after a recent fall.


> We talked a lot about today being the 100 year anniversary of the opening

> of the VGN Passenger Station in Roanoke. At the meeting of the Roanoke

> Chapter NRHS tonight, a celebration will be part of the monthly gathering

> including a cake and the honoring of several of the Brethren who plan to

> attend. Also there will be some VGN displays for Chapter Members at the

> regular meeting site, O. Winston Link auditorium at 7:30 PM.


> This week's ebay report includes: H. Reid hard-cover book $20.00; Lima

> photo of AG #800 $16.26; Fairbanks-Morse Operator's Manual for H24-66 for

> $144.50; 1949 VGN ticket receipt $19.53; Original slide of VGN #432 with a

> cab and box car for $15.39; and a VGN red short globe lantern with

> "VGN-RY", serial #K-456 for $494.00.


> Last week's Report prompted more feedback that most. The Keith Sowder

> account of VGN #72 "pulling away" from a passenger train caused the most

> discussion. After talking to the Brethren, we have concluded that Keith

> may have seen the N&W Cavalier somewhere between Suffolk and Norfolk. The

> Cavalier arrived in Norfolk at 7:30 AM on the advertised. #72 needed to be

> at the Ford Plant by 6 AM. As with these Reports, I just quote what I hear

> and feel that these Brethren probably embellish some of the accounts of

> incidents past, especially when there was a competition with the "W"! The

> Report last week also induced a lot of emails concerning the meaning of

> letters in diesel locomotive classes. Again I only quoted "Trains"

> magazine. Kevin EuDaly, publisher of the N&WHS "The Arrow" talked to two

> EMD "diesel experts" about this. They responded that the "F" is definitely

> for "Freight" in an F7. Also they agreed that the "E" is for 1800

> horsepower in the E8 but added that "SW" was for 600 horsepower with a

> Welded frame; "SC" was for 600 hp with a Cast frame; and NW is 900

> horsepower with a welded frame etc. After all, this report of the meeting

> with the Brethren is suppose to encourage discussion; besides feedback

> lets me know if someone is reading this stuff...


> For "Show and Tell" I passed around several photos from the N&W Archives.

> The first is an EL-2B at the high bridge at Covel with a VGN auto box on

> the front probably for #72 and the Ford Plant and a flat car with a yellow

> gasoline tanker trailer minus its wheels and tires. Someone said that the

> yellow tank trailer was destined for the Naval Base at Norfolk. The second

> shot was of VGN B-37 derrick when she was brand new. The third was a shot

> in the cab looking toward the firebox of BA #505, brand new in Lima in

> 1946. Next was the 113 on a local with a VGN ballast car, auxiliary tender

> and VGN caboose and the last is an EL-2B set pulling a coal train east

> over the high bridge at Glyn Lyn with two auto boxes on the lead.


> The Jewel from the Past this time is like one in Mahlon Clasbey's Hamilton

> given to him by his father, Jerome Clasbey, N&W carpenter is from July 15,

> 2004: "Cornbread" Victory talked about the strike of 1923 when the N&W and

> VGN just 'swapped' workers in Roanoke. He also mentioned a strike just

> after the end of WWII when labor agreements ran out. President Harry

> Truman called railroad workers 'a bunch of Russians' and put everybody

> back to work".


> And finally several emails this time included tidbits shared with the

> Brethren. One was from a fellow quoting a sign he saw in a mining camp

> canteen somewhere in West Virginia: "We don't serve women in this

> establishment; you must bring your own". There also was a list of things

> about transplanted Northern folks who relocate in the South: "Just because

> you move South doesn't mean you can be called 'Southerner'. If your cat

> had kittens in your oven, you wouldn't call them 'biscuits'"!


> Time to pull the pin on this one!


> Departing Now from V248,


> Skip Salmon


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