Vol. 13, No. 6 November / December 1997  Issue Select 
Issue Details
Cover Title: The Trouble With Steam
Cover Subtitle: Modeling the Shenandoah Depot
On the Cover: Virginian Class MC 476 lays over in the engine facility at Sewell's Point in Norfolk, Va in 1952. The MC was involved in one of the more "colorful" mishaps on the railroad when an oil lantern was found to be a poor substitute when reading the water glass on the day after Christmas in 1917. Our story of this and other problems in the operation of steam locomotives on The Virginian begins on page 4.
Articles In This Issue
Observation / Can't We Just "Play Trains?" - Jarrell Greever
Current News / The Stealth Gray Caboose - Robert G. Bowers
  Photo Photo of NS #51 Research and Tests Laboratory Car (Bob Bowers photo)
The Trouble With Steam - Mason Y. Cooper
  Photo Sometimes a seemingly insignificant event can cause injury. An insecurely clamped sprinkler hose blew its nipple off on Class PA No. 214 at Sebrill, VA on October 19, 1922, injuring the fireman. The locomotive, shown above, was only two years old at the time of the accident. (Bob's Photos/Mason Y. Cooper collection)
  Photo Class MB No. 422 injured one crew member at Lester, WV, on January 19, 1916 when the nipple in its whistle broke off at the point it was screwed into the dome. Further investigation revealed an old crack at the break. (Bob's Photos/Mason Y. Cooper collection)
  Photo Fortunately, no deaths occured when a crown sheet failed on Class MC No. 476 at Eggleston, VA on December 26, 1917. Investigation found an electric power failure before leaving the terminal contributed to the accident when the locomotive proceeded with lanterns for illumination. (N&WHS photo/Mason Y. Cooper collection)
  Photo The piston rod broke through the key fit on Class MC No. 462 at Sewell's Point, VA on July 18, 1921, knocking out the right front piston and injuring a crewman. This was the second mishap for the locomotive. (Bob's Photos/Mason Y. Cooper collection)
The Shenandoah Depot in HO Scale - James F. Brewer
  Photo The N&W depot at Shenandoah now serves strictly as a yard office in this 1980 view. The building shows further modifications to the structure: the entrance doors have been replaced, HVAC systems have been added, and the freight room door has been "bricked up." (Mason Y. Cooper photo)
  Photo Still serving passengers in the late 50s, we note that the outward appearance of the depot has not changed much since its construction in 1916. (James F. Brewer Collection)
  Photo Underside of the depot roof shows the corbels and siding detail. (James F. Brewer photo)
  Photo Top view of roof with chimney removed. (James F. Brewer photo)
  Drawing The original blueprint drawing of the interior of the Shenandoah Station is shown here. This reproduction has been reduced to 65% of the original size. (N&W drawing)
  Photo This trackside view of the model represents the building after it received interior modifications in 1932, and matches closely the prototype photo on page 9. We are back in the mid-1950's and passenger and freight services are still provided for valley residents. (James F. Brewer photo)
  Photo View looking south at the north end of the depot. After 1932, this end provided waiting room and bathroom facilities for all patrons. (James F. Brewer photo)
  Photo View looking north at the south send of the depot. Freight and baggage occupied this end, with administrative and crew offices adjacent. (James F. Brewer photo)
  Photo This 1957 view of the depot at Narrows, Va shows its similarities to Shenandoah. Note that it has an extended freight section, and a firewall separates the passenger and office facilites for the freight end. Unlike Shenandoah's gravel platform, Narrows rated a paved platform on the more "traditional" mainline of the N&W. (James F. Brewer collection)
  Photo The now boarded-up depot at Tazewell, VA was of similar design to its cousin at Shenandoah. (James F. Brewer photo)
  Photo Looking south, the Charlestown, VA depot shows modifications made to it over the years since passengers last used it to board "The New York Trains" or the "Mixed." (James F. Brewer photo)
Finney and Fans on the Shenandoah line - David R. Stephenson
The History of the South Side Railroad, 1846-1870 / Part 6, The William Mahone Era, Part 1 - James Bisbee
Video Review / Vintage Rila - Vol.6, The N&W - Mason Y. Cooper
Book reviews / Norfolk and Western In Color, Vol.1, by Jim Hichols - Mason Y. Cooper
  Photo Cover of book
Book Reviews / Train Master: The Most Useful Locomotive Ever Built - Thomas D. Dressler
The Tennessean / How the 433 came to Abingdon - James Nichols
View From The Cab / Which End is UP?: The lessof of As and Bs - Thomas D. Dressler
Q&A - Staff Arrow
The Virginian Local - Martin E. Swartz
Classing N&W Ads - Staff Arrow
Vol. 13, No. 6 November / December 1997  Issue Select