Track Name versus Letter identifier for NS/N&W Tracks...
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Track Name versus Letter identifier for NS.../N&W/Southern/CW and more...Tracks...
Not sure about Transportation but from the Engineering side of things, Line ID's (Letter) are very much used for Track identification the Letter identifier is very much integrated in what is done everyday and with work directly with Engineering. While I personally didn't start with the Railroad till 2008 The "H-Line" has been the "H-Line" ever since I've been producing reports and providing audits on the various lines, yes some people know it's called the "Valley" but looking at the entire system we have to stick to the Letter ID followed by the Division ID as we have to consider the entire system not just one former line like N&W, Southern and so on. System wide there are redundant Line Letter IDs on all the Divisions so we have to be carful when referring to Letter ID's as well to insure everyone knows what division is being referred to.
As one Example:
If I say "B-Line" am I talking about the line from Front Royal to Manassas... B-Line on the Piedmont Div. or...
the former NKP line from Bay Village (Cleveland) to Hobart near Calumet... B-Line on the Lake Div. or...
the Line from Pamplin to Burkeville...B-Line on the Virginia Div.?
Local or "Historic" names are not used. The "Valley" on the N&W may cause confusion with a "Valley" on what used to be another line that is now part of NS. Now for localized operation I can see local folks on one district referring to their little portion of the railroad by none standard or "historic" names which may work when not having to take the rest of the system into consideration but as far as the big picture that will not work, let alone using just the Line Letter ID alone as the example shows, the Letter ID with Division ID must be used together to properly identify a specific location point on NS. While some may blame it on "Railfans" for the letter ID's it might just be that the railroad has been doing it for quite some time and it's just now that more are hearing about it since it's now more important than ever for proper operations and organization given the former N&W as well as other absorbed lines are parts of a bigger picture.
Below is an example of what I was provided to do my job with when starting out and this is/was the info for only one of the 11 divisions at that time.
See data below based on the Virginia Division Track chart before the Virginia & Pocahontas Divisions were combined, which when they were combined recently did require some line ID (Letter) Changes.
(Data below is as of 2008 Virginia Division Track Chart)
While your conversation may refer to former N&W operations only (Pre-NS) if so disregard my input, my comments above were provided to show that the Line ID's are used on the Railroad and in some departments very important and for quite some time.
Location to Location, Line Letter ID MP to MP, District
Lamberts Point - Bridge 5 LP 0.00 - 5.10 Norfolk
Bridge 5 - Poe N 1.23 - 77.81 Norfolk
Poe - Jack P 0.00 - 8.86 Norfolk Petersburg Belt
Poe - Petersburg - Jack N 77.81 - 88.31 Norfolk
Petersburg - Hopewell CP 0.38 - 9.86 Norfolk City Point Branch
Jack - Crewe N 88.31 - 128.89 Norfolk
Crewe - Burkeville N 128.89 - 133.40 Blue Ridge
Burkeville - Pamplin B 0.00 - 36.90 Blue Ridge Farmville Belt
Pamplin - Concord N 169.10 - 189.87 Blue Ridge
Halsey - Forest N 207.65 - 214.52 Blue Ridge Halsey Spur
Concord - Forest PH 0.00 - 22.36 Blue Ridge Lynchburg Belt
Forest - Roanoke N 214.52 - 257.40 Blue Ridge
Roanoke - Walton N 257.40 - 297.63 Christiansburg
Salem - Lakeside S 0.00 - 2.80 Christiansburg Catawba Branch
Christiansburg - Corning Glass CA 0.50 - 4.75 Christiansburg Blacksburg Branch
Walton - East Bluefield N 301.85 - 360.30 Christiansburg
Abilene - Roanoke V 141.39 - 243.10 Altavista
Vinton - Demuth VC 0.00 - 1.53 Blue Ridge Tinker Creek Conn
Salem Connection SX 0.00 - 1.75 Christiansburg Salem Connection
Glenvar Crossover GX 0.00 - 0.28 Christiansburg Glenvar Crossover
Roanoke - Narrows V 243.10 - 316.86 Whitethorne
Ironto - Bradshaw BS 0.00 - 4.92 Whitethorne Bradshaw Spur
Potts Valley - Kerns PV 0.00 - 4.70 Whitethorne Potts Valley Branch
Walton - Bristol NB 297.63 - 408.38 Pulaski
Radford - Forest Avenue RB 0.00 - 1.77 Pulaski Radford Branch
Hagerstown (CP Town) HW 73.70 - 74.80 Hagerstown Sec.
Hagerstown - Shenandoah H 0.63 - 106.68 Hagerstown
Shenandoah - Roanoke H 106.68 - 239.28 Roanoke
Hagerstown - Williamsport HW 74.80 - 80.34 Williamsport I. T.
Cloverdale - Lone Star C 0.00 - 8.88 Roanoke Cloverdale Branch
Roanoke - Belt Line Jct. W 0.00 - 2.31 Winston-Salem
W. Roanoke - Winston Salem R 3.36 - 126.58 Winston-Salem
W. Salem - S. Winston Salem WS 0.58 - 4.70 Winston-Salem
Martinsville - Fieldale DW 41.50 - 47.20 Winston-Salem Hill Top Branch
Junction - Duke Power BC 0.00 - 4.10 Winston-Salem Belews Creek Spur
Kinney Yard - Picks L 0.00 - 85.87 Durham
South Boston - Clover F 31.00 - 47.40 Durham Clover Spur
Mayo Jct. - Mayo Creek M 0.00 - 4.01 Durham Mayo Creek Spur
Hyco Jct. - Hyco HY 0.00 - 7.55 Durham Hyco Spur
Suffolk - Lawrenceville FD 16.50 - 95.20 Franklin
Burkeville - West Point F 84.80 - 179.00 Richmond
Elkton - Dayton EB 0.00 - 23.00 Chesapeake & Western
Bowman - Harrisonburg CW 84.00 - 111.85 Chesapeake & Western
Harrisonburg - Pleasant Valley HS 0.00 - 5.00 Chesapeake & Western
Tidewater Jct- West Jct. A 0.00 - 7.24 Norfolk Terminal Sewells Pt. Branch
Tidewater Jct- Algren V 2.30 - 15.40 Norfolk Terminal South Branch
Park Avenue - Tidewater VB 0.12 - 1.75 Norfolk Terminal S. Beach Route
Norfolk - Chesapeake NS 0.00 - 4.00 Albermarle
In my opinion anybody who used the "H-Line" term should be dragged behind
a track sweeper.
The above quote just made my day!
We be out!
Jeff Sanders-Roanoke Terminal
Working on the Roanoke Dist., I had never heard of it being referred to
as the "H" line until I heard from you railfans!
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