Vol. 28, No. 4 October / December 2012  Issue Select 
Issue Details
Cover Title: Modeler: The Station at Stanley
Cover Subtitle: 755th Battalion & Rails Remembered - Chapter 79
On the Cover: A “bobber” caboose brings up the rear of an N&W freight passing the Stanley, Virginia, station constructed in 1910. This was the second station at Stanley and it only lasted until 1917. Note the track behind the station that not only served it, but functioned as a team track as well. Construction is finished and the station is being well used. Inset Photo: The third station at Stanley was the final one, and is featured in a modeling article beginning on page 4.
Articles In This Issue
The N&W / Virginian Modeler / Modeling the Station at Stanley - James F. Brewer
  Photo This is the first station built at Stanley. Constructed by the Shenandoah Valley Railroad, it was of their standard design. Note the shed and stock pens next to the station. (James F. Brewer collection)
  Photo The fire of May 4, 1909, caused extensive damage to the town structures but the railroad’s station, to the distant right in this photo, was spared. (James F. Brewer collection)
  Photo These two stations feature similar design and construction as the first station at Stanley. Both were located on the Shenandoah Valley Railroad near what would become N&W Mile Post R114 and R102 respectively. (N&WHS Archives collection)
  Photo A railroad station was critically important to a community in the early 1900s, arguably more important to them than the internet is to us today. The new station is having the finishing touches put in place to ready it for service to the people of Stanley. (James F. Brewer collection)
  Drawing This N&W drawing provides a complete description of the dimensions and purpose of each room. Although perhaps considered Spartan, it was nonetheless extremely functional. (N&WHS Archives collection)
  Photo The station at Montvale is of the same design, although a mirror image, as the second station built at Stanley. (N&WHS Archives collection)
  Photo The station at Antietam, Maryland, was a mirror image of the second station built at Stanley. This photo, taken the last day of September in 1956, shows a well-maintained structure. The station was turned 180 degrees and moved back from the right-of-way. Those who attended the Society’s 2010 convention at Front Royal, Virginia, had the chance to visit this stillextant structure. (H. W. Rouse photo, James F. Brewer collection)
  Drawing Two drawings of the station, showing elevations and plan view. (N&WHS Archives collection)
  Photo The final station built at Stanley was to the revised standard plan adopted by the N&W in the mid-1910s. This structure would serve the railway for many years until it was razed. (James F. Brewer collection)
  Photo The completed model of the Stanley depot is painted in the N&W’s colors for the mid-1950s. (James F. Brewer model and photo)
  Photo A pilgrimage to Stanley in August 1986 was a nice trip “down the valley.” Although the station building had disappeared, its location was easy to find. This is the view looking toward U.S. Route 340. (James F. Brewer photo)
  Photo One of the pleasant surprises in August 1986 was finding this N&W right-of-way marker. (James F. Brewer photos)
A Soldier's Story / Part 4 from the N&W-Sponsored 755th Railway Shop Battalion, WWII - Frank Gibson; Jim Skaggs
  Drawing This is the cover of the June 1945 issue of The Journal Box, N&W’s shop battalion newsletter, issued shortly after V-E Day, May 8, 1945. (Jim Skaggs collection)
  Photo Corporal (later Staff Sergeant) Jim Skaggs in 1943. The “T” on the insignia is for “Technician.” (Jim Skaggs collection)
  Photo The 755th English Channel crossing to Utah Beach, Normandy, France, was photographed in August, 1944. (Jim Skaggs photo)
  Photo The 755th quarters in Rennes, France, in 1944. (Glenn Huntsman photo)
  Photo This is the 755th shop site in Rennes, France, in 1944. (Jim Skaggs photo)
  Photo 755th quarters in Namur, Belgium, in 1945. (Jim Skaggs photo)
  Photo The 755th gets a rest break at the shop site in Namur, Belgium, in 1945. (Glenn Huntsman photo)
  Photo This German Class 50 locomotive 1436 (2-10-0) was the first captured and brought to Herbesthal, Belgium. It arrived in 1945 for the 755th to repair. With the swastika is Capt. Glenn Huntsman, battalion dentist, in the foreground. (Glenn Huntsman collection)
  Photo The Herbesthal locomotive shop as it appeared in 1945. (Glenn Huntsman photo)
  Photo This awards ceremony occurred in Namur, Belgium, in 1945, with U.S. Army Transportation Corps and local civilian leadership on hand, just behind the battalion insignia. In the bottom photo the full 755th battalion faced the flat car stage. (Glenn Huntsman collection, two photos)
  Map This map, from the 755th newsletter The Journal Box, appeared in the August 1945 issue. It shows the battalion’s arrival dates at U.S. training sites and at overseas deployments. (Jim Skaggs collection)
  Table This is the final operational statistical report, showing 657 locomotive repairs and 4566 car repairs in Belgium. (Jim Skaggs collection)
  Photo Jim Skaggs with his great-grandson, Julian Butler. (Deborah Skaggs photo)
Rails Remembered - Chapter 79 / The Air Conditioned City and the Flow of Coal - Louis M. Newton
  Photo This is an aerial view of Bluefield, about 1958, looking toward the southeast, showing the downtown business district near center of this picture. Mercer Street Bridge crosses the railroad in the extreme lower right, at the highest point on the main line, elevation 2,566 feet. Princeton Avenue extends diagonally to the left, parallel to and on the south side of the tracks, which form part of the eastbound receiving yard. The passenger station is near the left center, across Princeton Avenue from the division office building. Roundhouse, “lubritorium,” and other mechanical facilities are at lower left center. (Courtesy William E. Honeycutt)
  Photo N&W’s impressive division office building in Bluefield, constructed in 1949, fronted on Princeton Avenue across from the passenger station. N&W’s subsidiary Pocahontas Land Corporation occupied most of the fourth and fifth floors of the building. Note the markers on the rear of the passenger train, probably No. 5, the Clinch Valley local. (N&W Magazine, April, 1949)
  Drawing This mechanical drawing shows piping from the power house across East Yard tracks in Bluefield to supply heat to old division office building and company dwellings as of October 1929. The new office building built in 1949 was immediately north of the old building. The piping continued in use for many years. The drawing also shows the location of the roundhouse and other mechanical facilities. (N&WHS Archives collection)
  Table Clinchfield Trains at St. Paul
  Drawing This is the track profile of Alnwick Hill, the ruling grade between Williamson and Iaeger. The grade of 0.4 percent with a short stretch of 0.7 percent and heavy curvature made this somewhat of a troublesome spot for eastbound tonnage trains. (N&W Pocahontas Division track chart, Louis M. Newton collection)
  Photo This is a 1937 aerial view of Island Yard and related facilities, located on Percival’s Island in the James River along the Old Main Line in Lynchburg, Virginia, looking toward the east. As the N&W began its dieselization program it announced that the shop at Island would be retired and new diesel facilities would be built on higher ground at Kinney Yard on the Lynchburg Belt Line. (N&WHS Archives collection)
  Table Speed Checks Near MP N-383, September 22, 1955
  Drawing The north end of the author’s handdrawn map of Norton Yard in 1955 is shown here. Yard and shop facilities were a joint N&W-L&N operation, staffed by N&W employees. (Louis M. Newton)
  Drawing This is the south end of the author’s hand-drawn map of Norton Yard in 1955. (Louis M. Newton)
  Drawing This drawing shows electric light and power circuits for the N&W-L&N Union Passenger Station at Norton, built in 1926, and depicts the general plan of the structure. Passenger accommodations were on the first floor adjacent to the tracks, with baggage and express facilities in the basement. By 1955 the building had been leased out, with passengers — only N&W by then — being handled at the freight station. (N&WHS Archives collection)
  Chart N&W traffic in 1955, particularly coal, showed a sharp increase over 1954, as seen in this chart. (N&W Magazine, January, 1956, N&WHS Archives collection)
  Photo Louisville & Nashville Pacific 161 was built at South Louisville Shops about 1906 as a Class K-1, and was later rebuilt as a K-2a. This photograph is at Norton. N&W Milepost N-466 is at extreme right, with Hotel Norton in the background. Part of Union Station is visible at extreme left. The exact date is unknown, but the 161 was retired in 1947. L&N passenger service from Pineville, Kentucky, to Norton via Cumberland Gap continued until 1952. (Ron Flanary collection)
  Photo Near the closing days of steam, L&N M-1 1955 leaves the yard at Loyall, Kentucky, heading north to Corbin. Traffic moved south from Loyall via Hagans Tunnel to Norton. Although grimy in appearance, the 1955 was still a good performer. (C. K. Marsh, Jr., photo, courtesy Ron Flanary)
  Photo This is a builder’s photo of L&N 1954, one of a group of 14 rugged and handsome Class M-1 2-8-4s built by Baldwin in 1942. Well pleased with their performance, the L&N eventually owned a total of 44 similar locomotives, which spent most of their productive lives in the Eastern Kentucky and Southwestern Virginia coalfields. (Louis M. Newton collection)
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