Virginian Railway Electrification/Riding the N&W Steam Clips

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Sun Apr 3 23:20:16 EDT 2016

The Virginian yard in Roanoke had wires until N&W abandoned the electrification after the 1959 merger. So wires in the 50'd would be correct.
Jim Nichols 

    On Sunday, April 3, 2016 6:18 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:

 Does anyone know how far east the the Virginian line was electrified?  I'm doing some research for a painting and want to show a scene showing a Virginian EL-2B at the base of Mill Mountain in Roanoke along with the station there.  But I need to know if such a scene really would have existed in the 1950's.  Did the Virginian yard there have overhead wires?  I know at some point they were removed. 

The painting is going to be my submission this year for the American Society of Railway Artists, and I have to have it believable so it won't get too much criticism! 

BTW, I've enjoyed viewing the clips from "Riding the N & W". I'm anxious to purchase a copy.

Tracy Foutz
Cairo, GA (formerly of Roanoke and will be back again) 

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