Vicker Coaling Tower - Build Date

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Dave Phelps

On Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 10:47 AM, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List <
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> Why was Vicker where it is?
> N&W had a practice of placing coaling stations mid-district on the
> main line.  Dwight, Phoebe, Vicker, Farm, Prichard, and Dorney are
> some examples.  Vicker certainly was in the right place -- it could
> serve the pushers, and engines to/from Bluefield and Bristol.  In
> the cycle of J's, the engine arriving Monroe on No. 42 went to make No. 41
> for Bristol.  There was 4 minutes of schedule padding on both trains
> to allow service at Vicker (and avoid having to pay Southern for coal
> and water at Monroe).
> The coaling facility at Dwight disappeared in late 1948, but during
> World War II,  Dwight had another purpose. Cars of ammunition and bombs
> for transfer to ships at Norfolk were held there and relayed to Norfolk
> on a "just-in-time" schedule based on a ship's sailing.  Why ?  Because
> Dwight was beyond the range of a naval bombardment.   Harry Bundy
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