[VirginianRailwayEnthusiasts] Re: Trying to make sense of Norcross

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Thu Jan 31 16:36:25 EST 2013

The track chart on Mike's link shows the situation shortly after the Dec. 1, 1959, merger of the Virginian and the N&W when there had been some associated track changes.

In order to show more historic detail in the Norcross area, I am attaching a somewhat diagrammatic sketch of that area based on a July 14, 1914, Virginian track chart, Revised Dec. 31, 1953.

Although I didn't visit Norcross on foot as our friend Lloyd Lewis wrote, in the summer of 1954 I did have the privilege of riding an N&W weed spray train, on which I was a "short boom operator," from the N&W main line, across the New River bridge, over the Virginian diamond and on up the Potts Valley Branch. One unique feature of that day's spraying was that our motive power was a Class E2a 4-8-2 passenger steam locomotive, which we were assigned in Bluefield and which was pushing our train as the spray car on the lead end of the train was spraying the track, including wetting the rail. When the train got on the approximately 1.5% grade, the 70" divers on the 4-8-2 lost their grip on the wet rail, and we never reached Kimbleton.

Gordon Hamilton

----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Dodd
To: VirginianRailwayEnthusiasts at yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:33 PM
Subject: [VirginianRailwayEnthusiasts] Re: Trying to make sense of Norcross

tubepowerel84 at hotmail.com wrote:
> Can the track chart be any help?:
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VirginianRailwayEnthusiasts/photos/album/511097065/pic/1174143589/view?picmode=original&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&dir=asc

Yes; thank you.

It appears that I was wrong to assume that the VGN north track was the
passing track, as the track chart shows the south track as the siding.
No interchange track is shown, but I'll assume that was the third track
on my USGS map.


Mike Dodd - Louisa County, VA
Modeling 1954 Virginian Railway, HO scale
New train room - http://virginian.mdodd.com/new_home.html

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