N&W moving coal

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Sun May 6 13:38:28 EDT 2012

In a message dated 5/4/2012 6:58:02 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org writes:

On the trains I saw growing up they were always filled out with coal on
the rear. Once the coal cars showed up in the train it was coal all the way
to the caboose.


Richard D. Shell
Troutville, VA

In a message dated 5/3/2012 5:03:22 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org writes:

And this one may not be in the article but I have heard that
through-freights would fill out their tonnage with coal... Which end of the train would
the hoppers most likely be on or in the middle?

>From N&W's "Freight Train Classifications for Yards and Terminals" --

Booklet #8, dated
February, 1945, here are some examples of the classifications and positions
riding in trains.

Norton Yard - Pocahontas Division
(Clinch Valley District)
Norton to Bluefield
Train 84, 86, or 88
1- Loads and empties for Richlands and Dry Fork Branch.
2- Loads and empties for Clinchfield R.R. via St. Paul.
3- Live stock for Bluefield and beyond.
4- Perishables for Bluefield and beyond.
5- Other time freight loads and empties for Bluefield and beyond.
6- Coal loads for Bluefield and beyond (As Tonnage Filler).


Williamson Yard-Scioto Division
Williamson Yard
"Bull Dog Run"
1- Loads and empties for Kenova proper and connections.
2- Loads and empties for Ironton proper and connections.
3- Loads, other than coal, and all empties for Portsmouth and beyond.
4- Coal loads for Portsmouth and beyond (As Tonnage Filler).

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