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Cover Subtitle: 1968 Part 2, High Noon on the N&W, The Beginnings of a Great Railroad
On the Cover: Picking a cover photo is never easy. Do you go with an image that relates to your main stories and use up one of the photos for your article? While I’d like to have used one of the photos from the High Noon article, the best one had already been a cover some years back. For the Virginian article, a rare photo (which you will see in the next issue) of Deepwater No. 1 “Fido” just did not look good as a cover but will be a great image with the part 2, and more applicable. So, on digging through some slides, this one of GP30 No 548 on the relatively new fuel rack at Bellevue, Ohio, in summer 1968 filled the bill. The Bellevue diesel locomotive servicing facility was designed by current NWHS member, Gordon Hamilton, as part of the 1960’s modernization of Bellevue Yard. A sister GP30 No. 535 is on the track at left (cut off on this view) but look over there to the right at ex-Wabash Fairbanks-Morse Trainmaster unit No. 3592.
Articles In This Issue
High Noon on the Norfolk and Western / A Thursday in August 1955 - Glenn Fisher
  Photo Class J Number 605 has the Cavalier in tow at Afton, Ohio on August 8, 1952. (Richard F. Lind / NWHS Archives Collection Photo NW01232)
  Timetable Just a few weeks before this article’s time frame, public timetable No. 4 went into effect, featuring a summer ad for trips to the Virginia Seashore. However, it is doubtful that anyone on board the Cavalier was taking advantage of the discounted rates, given the option of riding the Powhatan Arrow leaving Cincinnati at 8:10 am arriving in Norfolk at 11:25 pm, 15 hours and 15 minutes later. Compare that to riding the Cavalier leaving at 9:05 am, arriving in Norfolk the next morning at 7:30 am, 22 hours and 25 minutes later! (NWHS Archives Collection)
  Drawing Cincinnati District grade profile from 1929. Archive Drawing HS-CC11205 (NWHS Archives Collection)
  Drawing Illustration from June 1947 N&W Magazine showing proposed re-alignment. (NWHS Archives Collection)
  Map View of the Cincinnati District.
  Photo The M2s were rapidly disappearing in the time frame of our article, but they once held down many switching jobs before being replaced with the ex-C&O S1 and Roanoke-built S1a. This view is believed to be at Berry Yard in Cincinnati about 1953. (Tom Dressler Collection/NWHS Archives Photo NW06423)
  Drawing To many folks, it is difficult to understand the various railroads and relationships in the Cincinnati area, this 1933 map shows all the various yards and terminals, and the routing of N&W passenger trains to Cincinnati Union Terminal. Clare (Roanoke Chapter NRHS Collection/ NWHS Archives Drawing HS-D11153 )
  Drawing Clare Yard diagram from 1921 showing an overall layout with engine facility and crossover of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Xenia-to-Cincinnati line (bottom and right). (NWHS Archives Drawing HS-D21550)
  Photo Y5 No. 2109 is waiting for its next call to service at Clare Yard on September 19, 1948. From the shine on the rear of the boiler, it appears that the jacket has been graphited as well. (NWHS Archives Photo NW03095)
  Photo K1 No. 102 was used in later years as local power on the Scioto Division. She is shown here at Portsmouth, Ohio on September 4, 1954 when August Thieme captured her waiting for her next assignment. (NWHS Archives Photo NW14175)
  Map Sardinia was quite a busy place at the time. This 1916 map shows the facilities and the wye track for the Hillsboro Branch. (NWHS Archives Collection Drawing No. C10145)
  Photo Z1b No. 1331 is working local freight at Hillsboro, Ohio on May 28, 1953. (NWHS Archives Collection, Photo NW06251)
  Photo A great shot of an unidentifiable Y5 with an extra freight is entering the Columbus District main line for the last miles into Portsmouth. (NWHS Archives Photo NW07247)
  Photo The 602 has the eastbound Powhatan Arrow trailing out across the Scioto River and is shortly going to enter the mainline of the Columbus District at Vera Junction in this fine July 12, 1953 photo. Arrival in Portsmouth is scheduled for 10:40 a.m. (NWHS Archives Photo NW07963)
A Half Century Ago / The Norfolk and Western in 1968 – Part Two - Ken Miller
  Photo Automotive traffic continued to grow during 1968 on the Norfolk and Western. This view is on the former Virginian at Kumis, Virginia almost on the Roanoke County/Montgomery County line. Could the Virginian folks ever imagine seeing tri-level cars on their railroad? (NWHS Archives Collection)
  Photo The Erie Lackawanna was officially part of the N&W in 1968 operating under the DERECO subsidiary. (NWHS Archives Collection)
  Photo One of the “damage free” cars the railroad was adding to its roster was this B-114 box car, shown at Roanoke Shops in late December 1967. (N&W Photo/NWHS Archives Collection)
  Photo Belgian Line containers at Norfolk. (N&W Photo/NWHS Archives Collection)
  Photo Members of the Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs visited Roanoke’s Transportation Museum in Wasena Park to admire the beautiful Class J No. 611. (N&W Magazine Photo/NWHS Archives Collection)
  Photo Senator Robert F. Kennedy is making a speech from the platform on April 23 while on his short campaign tour of the N&W. His death less than 6 weeks later shocked the country. (N&W Magazine Photo/NWHS Archives Collection)
  Photo Coal traffic in 1968 was doing quite well as well as evidenced by the massive amounts of cars shown at Lambert’s Point with Pier 6 nearest the camera. (NWHS Archives Collection)
The Building of a Great Railroad  / Legends, myths and facts about the earliest days of the Virginian Railway - Tom Salmon
  Map This is an excerpt of the 1897 United States Geological Survey topographical map for Kanawha Falls, West Virginia. Charleston is to the left off the map. Deepwater (on some maps referred to as “Deep Water”) is center and the feature of our story.
  Photo Henry Huttleston Rogers 1840-1909
  Photo Abram Stevens Hewitt (1822-1903)  (Harper’s Weekly, Oct. 20, 1888. Photographed by Falk.)
  Photo William Nelson Page (1854-1932)
  Photo The above photo is believed to be the logging train wreck as described in Laura Kincaid narrative above. The engine does not appear to have an “engine” appearance. That is until one compares it with an approximately 14ton Climax engine below. Though not an exact match it is obvious that the overturned locomotive is of Climax origin.  (NWHS Archives Collection)
  Photo Mrs. Kincaid was a teacher and Loup Creek valley historian. Laura Blake’s notes were written over a period of decades. These are excerpts concerning the Loup Creek Estate. At the end of the section concerning the mill at Robson she credits much of the information to J.C.R. Taylor, Mine Superintendent of the Loup Creek Colliery, and thanks him warmly.
  Map Sketch Map of Forrest Hill Property.
  Drawing This Deepwater Railway sketch shows the beginning of the Virginian at Deepwater and the location of the tracks and yard. Longtime Virginian fans will also recall the mention of Percy Kincaid in H. Reid’s book. Of note is the use of “rock” to denote a corner mark for property. Both on right hand page. (N&WHS Archives Drawing HS-F10105)
  Drawing The notes on this early undated Virginian drawing read “Traced from Topography Sheets, Loup Creek Rev. Sheets 1-8, Deepwater to Mt. Carbon sheets 0-8 and 1A-8A.” The route shows Deepwater and the first mile or so of the original right of way. This is a cropped portion of the original drawing to show the reader the steep, hilly topography at Deepwater. Note the lines of numbers in the upper left, those are depth soundings on the Kanawha River. (N&WHS Archives Drawing HS-W10134)
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