Rural Retreat Depot / Railway Station

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Thu Oct 24 15:58:04 EDT 2013


Many thanks for this.

It strongly suggests that Rural Retreat was no longer in active (passenger or freight) railway use by 1970, and perhaps by 1968 ..... conditional stops being I assume stops on request either by passengers on the train or those waiting who would flag down the train to board.

It would be good to have a date confirmed, but the mid-point 1969 is probably as good as any to pick with a degree of confidence.

All the best and thanks again

London UK

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>Subject: Re: Rural Retreat Depot / Railway Station




>Can anyone advise the year if not the precise date that Rural Retreat closed for passenger service use and/or all railway purposes?


>By 1970 (and maybe before then) Marion became the governing agency for Rural Retreat.

>Translated, that means the agent at Marionwas responsible for billing freight shipments

>to and from Rural Retreat.  The public timetable for 4/28/68 shows that Nos. 41, 42, and 18

>would make conditional stops at Rural Retreat.  By October, 1970, Southern Railway no

>longer provided a connection with the N&W trains.  In other words, passenger service

>terminated at Bristol.  In November, 1970, passenger service was down to one train each

>way and no stop was made at Rural Retreat.  I don't believe the remaining service lasted

>until May 1, 1971.  In early November of 1970, I had to ride Roanoke to Bristol for an

>assignment there.  The train--one GP9, abaggage car and a coach arrived with ONE

>revenue passenger who was transferring to bus to get to his final destination. 



>I take it that this would have been no later than the takeover of passenger services by Amtrak at which point of course N&W  Railway bowed out completely from passenger services on their own account let alone providing house room for Amtrak.


>On May 1, 1971 and for a timethereafter, N&W provided passenger service 5 days a week

>fromOrland Park, IL to Chicago.  Known on the Decatur Division as "The Poor Boy",  the

>crew would leave Decatur early on Monday mornings, layover at Orland Park on work

>days, and bring the train back to Decatur for service on Friday nights.  Eventually, the

>City of Chicago bore the expense of the commuter train.   Harry Bundy




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