Back Shop at NC Transportation Museum

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Thu May 24 22:13:32 EDT 2018

Great observation and info search! I often use Google Earth for similar
measurements for both work and satisfying my curiosity latest being if one
Applebbees was larger than another here in Lynchburg! It is.
Charlie Long

On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 3:51 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at>

> Some of the events at last week's fine NWHS convention at
> Spencer/Salisbury, NC, were held in the former Southern Railway Back Shop,
> an impressively long structure.  As we looked down the inside length of the
> shop, Paul Weber and I speculated whether this Back Shop might be longer
> than the N&W's Roanoke Shops Erecting Shop.  It certainly gave that
> impression to me, although it has been many years since I have been in the
> N&W Erecting Shop, so I checked the length of each shop using Google Earth
> with the following results:  Spencer Shop Back Shop: c.  597 feet; Roanoke
> Shops Erecting Shop:  c. 675 feet (not including the shed at the west
> end).  I think two factors made the Spencer Back Shop seem longer (1) it
> appeared to me to be narrower (2) it was not full of locomotives to break
> up the length illusion.
> Gordon Hamilton
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