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Do you go visit the old Woodsdale station at the Site of the Clarksville Station Steakhouse? It looks good.
The coal trestle at the Durham Shops site is still standing. Hope you are doing well.
Bahama (Durham County), NC
> On Feb 6, 2021, at 4:05 PM, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> I feel for you guys in the shops. How much time did you all have to service & turn the “Y’s”? Sounds like a lot of tonnage moving between Lynchburg & Durham during those years. This was pre-Hyco & Mayo coal movements. Do you remember what the freight consist was that would require so much motive power? Was it mostly overhead traffic to be interchanged or mostly destined to N&W served customers?
> My uncle, R. G. Robertson was the station master @ Woodsdale. My earliest memories were of watching the sets Alcos roll by with mixed freight in the late ‘50’s (missed steam daggonnit!).
> Herb Edwards
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>>> On Feb 6, 2021, at 5:49 AM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
>> I worked as a laborer in the N&W Durham shop the summers of 1954-56 and I heard much mention of a "Winfall pusher. This pusher assisted freight trains out of Lynchburg's Island Yard, up the stiff 2.6 percent grade to 12th Street and on another 16 miles to Winfall where so-named pushers cut off to go back to Island Yard. Some pushers, however, continued on the train all of the way to Durham. These were Y class steam locomotives and when two came in on a train it put quite a strain on us laborers and other crafts in that small, sparsely-equipped shop to get them serviced. You can imagine what we felt on one memorable day when a train came from Lynchburg with double-headed Ys on the head end and a Y pusher on the rear--all of which needed servicing!
>> Gordon Hamilton
>> On 2/5/2021 1:49 PM, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List wrote:
>>> Quite often, in steam days, time freights were pushed all the way from Roanoke to Winston-Salem. Even, in the diesel era, Belews Creek coal trains are pushed on the Punkin Vine.
>>> Dick Kimball
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