old train pictures

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Tue May 1 15:00:12 EDT 2012

Does anyone remember the diesel?

David L. Hall

In a message dated 5/1/2012 1:05:39 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org writes:

On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM, Jeff wrote:

Bruce et al -

That photo was taken at Pepper, and was shot from the Peppers Ferry Road


Jeff nailed the location with the archive photo, but opened up the floor
for more questions. I buzzed down there after work on Monday to take
advantage of the sun, especially shining from the west onto this location. It
helped a little.

The location is just east of what was Pepper station on the Radford
Division, west of Walton Junction (see _http://g.co/maps/as8b5_
(http://g.co/maps/as8b5) ). The photo Jeff provided and the one of the J with passenger cars
was taken either from or just adjacent to the VA 114 overpass across the
track(s) looking back east toward Walton.

The two pictures I grabbed were from the cab of my pickup truck while
sitting on the shoulder of 114, directly on the overpass. The trees have grown
up both along the highway and the railroad embankment so that it would take
a crew from AxMen to be able to reproduce the archive photo. Note on the
one photo (Pepper1.jpg) I have marked what I believe to the the rock
outcropping that is above the engines in the archive photo and what I call the
rock face (the flat area of rock) further back near the signal bridge. It
would take a hike or winter with no leaves to confirm this, though. But I do
believe the location can be confirmed as Pepper, MP N-304.

Now, the questions: When was the westbound track removed? Did it extend
all the way to Cowan or did it end at Bluff before the bridge across the New
River and into Cowan Tunnel? Jeff's photo isn't dated, so that doesn't help.
But that is the fun of this, one solved mystery leads to another one to

Bruce in Blacksburg

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