Smith Mountain Lake and the VGN ?
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Wed Oct 6 15:49:59 EDT 2021
Your negotiation to tell about your near step into oblivion stimulated
my porous memory about a similar mishap that occurred on the Pocahontas
Division many decades ago. The victim was Bluefield Master Mechanic
Tucker (correct name?) who was on duty at a derailment when he boarded
the wreck train dining car for a meal. It was after dark, and he was
unaware that the wreck train had moved while he was on board and that
the diner was siting on a bridge. So, when he stepped off in the
darkness he fell to his death in the steam below (hopefully someone with
with better memory/notes can supply corrections/more details).
On 10/6/2021 10:29 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:
> When Smith Mountain Lake was created, was any change of alignment or
> grade necessary on the Virginian's Norfolk Division ?
> The largest "estuary" (if that is the right word) of the new lake
> which the VGN seems to have crossed is at the mouth of Falling Creek,
> about 3.5 miles west of Goodview. Coordinates 37.2343, -79.7826. The
> bridge crossing this stream appears to be approximately 250 ft in
> length, judging from the satellite imagery.
> I am wondering if that long bridge was original construction, or
> something thrown up to accomodate the railroad subsequent to the
> flooding of the valley during the creation of the lake.
> If there is an outpouring of Shiny Quarters from my fax, sent in by
> generous patrons to support the Old Brakeman's Relief Fund, some day I
> may write the story of my frist trip down the VGN's Norfolk Division,
> and nearly stepping off the backwall of a bridge in the darkness.
> T'was not a good night, at all...
> -- abram burnett
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