"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
>> 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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