old train pictures

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Thu May 3 12:20:37 EDT 2012


I can added a little to what has been said previously about the J photo.

The J's got the cupola from late January to early March 1958. If the engine number was legible, I could tell you the date that the cupola was put on that engine's tender. All J's were taken out of main line passenger service about July 20, 1958. If this is a regular service train that would be the "between" dates for this photo. If on an excursion, could be 1959.

Bud Jeffries
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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 bridge.


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). 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 solve.

Bruce in Blacksburg

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