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

NW Mailing List nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org
Tue Dec 6 23:46:14 EST 2022

Abe, Harry;

Thank you so much for that information.  For some strange reason, even
though it's impossible to model correctly, the modelers of the Pokey roads
(all three of them)want to know how coal was handled "back in the day".
First hand recollections are so helpful when available.

Still taking my hat off to Skip Salmon for getting and writing down all
those recollections over the years.  From what Skip said the combination of
the pandemic and aging ended the weekly get togethers.  Paul Weber and I
crashed two of those years ago; those guys were just great to be around and
listened to,

Frank Bongiovanni

On Tue, Dec 6, 2022 at 3:51 PM NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List <
nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:

> .
> 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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