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Wed Nov 13 11:16:41 EST 2019
I'm new to the list and the N&W Historical Society. I'm originally from
Atlanta and live in Asheville now. But my father grew up in Coalwood, WV
and Grandpa was the office manager for the Carter/Olga Coal company there.
They tried to promote Grandpa to something like Executive Assistant to the
General Manager, but Grandpa said that he didn't much like being considered
anyone's assistant. :-)
Dad graduated Big Creek High School in War in 1947 so has lots of memories
of some of the prime time for coal operations there. N&W used to pull about
100 empties into Coalwood each morning, spend time rearranging the full
cars from the previous day, then haul those back down in the afternoon.
There was a siding just after the spur came back into the main line to
Iaeger and they dropped all of the eastbound cars there instead of hauling
them into the yard at Iaeger.
My wife and I are just getting in modeling and I have also joined the
modeling group. Long term I'm hoping to create a layout that models roughly
the area from Bluefield up to Iaeger or perhaps even to Williamson in the
One question I have is which locomotives were used to run the daily runs up
to the mines. I think for Coalwood it was a Class E2A and they were run as
a double header. But this is based on Dad's now 91 year old memory.
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