I Was Told the N&W Did Extend Virginian's Electrification - More

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<!--#yiv3044299027 filtered {}#yiv3044299027 filtered {}#yiv3044299027 filtered {}#yiv3044299027 p.yiv3044299027MsoNormal, #yiv3044299027 li.yiv3044299027MsoNormal, #yiv3044299027 div.yiv3044299027MsoNormal {margin:0in;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri", sans-serif;}#yiv3044299027 span.yiv3044299027EmailStyle18 {font-family:"Arial", sans-serif;color:windowtext;}#yiv3044299027 .yiv3044299027MsoChpDefault {font-family:"Calibri", sans-serif;}#yiv3044299027 filtered {}#yiv3044299027 div.yiv3044299027WordSection1 {}-->I wonder if that’s what the Terminal Blvd tracks near Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) was used for in the 1970’s. I remember my parents driving around there and it was endless lines of coal cars parked everywhere. .--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Phil - I believe NIT was intended for TOFC traffic, but apparently had become one more example of stored coal waiting to be sold.  Juniper, in the middle of the Dismal Swamp,  was noted for another reason, but this middle track could chamber about 180 cars.  During the surge of.coal to be sold, a road crew would report at Portlock and with a switch list in hand, it would go to the Juniper middle track and switch out the designated cars -- hold to 60 cars, knock five cars out, then put the rest back. Next:  hold to 40 cars, knock two cars out, put the rest back, and then take the selected cars to Norfolk Terminal.  Companies like Southern States that received merchandise traffic had two free days to unload and release the car before demurrage set in (a $ penalty for not unloading on time).  Coal, on the other hand, had ten free days.   Harry Bundy 
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