Suffolk Building

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Fri Jan 27 07:55:22 EST 2017


I'm not sure how much history about the place is out there, perhaps some old AFEs might have some information on actual construction dates and such, but that is not a good chance of that.

I can assure you that brick buildings were certainly not common.

The Norfolk Division building lists are somewhat different from the other Division lists, it appears on the Norfolk Division Building number list, page 2 at MP 23 x 64, Building No. N230 a two story brick Section Tool House, measuring 24 x 24 with a tin roof. It does not really specify which side of the track it is on. I then studied a couple of drawings in the archives, with inconclusive results.

These building lists were begun in 1917 as part of the valuation of the property of the railroads in an attempt to document the place prior to federal control, so the usage at that time was a tool house.

But the short answer is that it was a section tool house. Unusual in that it was a brick building, it may well have had another purpose prior to becoming a tool house, hence the cast concrete Norfolk and Western over the door. 

Ken Miller

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