Two Questions related to Petersburg Va

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Thu Aug 17 21:50:14 EDT 2017

Thanks Harry Bundy, I knew you would come through with the answers, in
addition to the hair raising story at CPB Jct..
Herman Wilkins

On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 1:52 PM, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List <
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> This coach ran through to and from Washington. There was a fairly long
> layover in Richmond while waiting for an RF&P connecting train.
> *The public timetable issued March 6, 1955 shows a through coach leaving*
> *Norfolk at 1:40 PM, arr. Petersburg 3:05 PM, lv. Petersburg at 3:25 PM on*
> *an ACL "Short Run" (N&W power; ACL crew), arr. Richmond 4:05 PM, then*
> *RF&P #16 lv. Richmond at 5:20 PM and arr. Washington 7:35 PM.*
> *It required a cross-platform transfer at Petersburg, but it was possible*
> *to lv. Norfolk on No. 25 at 7:15 AM  and be in Richmond at 9:35 AM.*
> Also, attached is a photo of an interlocking tower that appears to be once
> located at the west end of Broadway Yard in Petersburg. Anyone have any
> history of this tower, i.e. name, date built, date razed, etc.?
> The name of that interlocking was City Point Branch Junction.  Norfolk
> Division Time Table #8 (eff. Sept. 26, 1954) shows  operator/levermen
> were assigned 24/7.  The next timetable I have (#11 eff. 04/28/57), it's
> in Traffic Control territory Poe to Ice House Crossing (Petersburg).
> I'll try to find additional information from the ICC inventory of 1916-17
> next archives session.
> There was a hair-raising incident that happened at City Point Branch
> Junction in the early 70s.  The ABDW brake valve had been introduced.
> It would react to even the slightest brake pipe reduction.  Special
> instructions were posted that when making a cut, brake pipe pressure
> would be reduced to 30 lbs. (?) and when the meter steadied at 30,
> the engineer would sound the whistle to make the cut. Only then
> was the brakeman to slowly close the angle cock and pull the pin.
> Crewe had arranged with Lamberts Point to run a hopper train with
> only 40 empties in order to fill out with more empties at Broadway Yard.
> After stopping on the slope towards to Appomattox River, the head
> brakeman immediately made the cut, not waiting for the signal.  The
> engine passed City Point Branch Junction, then backed into Broadway
> Yard for the pick up.  While the head end crew was there, it took a
> few minutes, but the ABDW brake valve reacted, released the brakes
> on the 40 empties (and caboose) and they started downhill.  The
> Conductor was thinking - "Gosh, they made a fast pick-up",  It was
> only after he spotted his crew waving "STOP" as he passed Broadway
> that he realized he was in command of a "runaway".  Harry Bundy
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