Vol. 18, No. 3 May / June 2002  Issue Select 
Issue Details
Cover Title: The N&W... Circa '57
Cover Subtitle: N&W Branch Lines III: POCAHONTAS
On the Cover: An eastbound coal train gathers speed just west of Shaffer's Crossing in Roanoke in 1957. This is one of the never-before published photos of member Richard E. Smith, who was a service engineer for Westinghouse Air Brake Company at the time. He was observing the train with Warner A. Jamison of the N&W Test Department, whose 1957 Desoto can be seen in the distance.
Articles In This Issue
THE N&W, Circa '57:A Photo Album / The Photos of Richard E. Fisher - Richard E. Fisher
  Photo No captions. 12 photos. One of new diesels, the rest all steam. (Richard E. Fisher)
N&W Branch Lines III: Pocahontas / The final chapter of our series on the Bluestone area. - Charles "Bucky" H. Wilson, Jr.
  Photo Pocahontas Tipple #1 in a 1937 photo. This was the first tipple on the Norfolk & Western. (Charles H. Wilson, Jr. Collection)
  Map Pocahontas Area, including Bluestone Junction, area tunnels and the Pocahontas coal mines. (DeLorme Street Atlas USA)
  Map Boissevain Area, including the location of the Company Store and the Tipple. (DeLorme Street Atlas USA)
  Photo An 1883 photo showing the Company Store at Pocahontas. (Charles H. Wilson, Jr. Collection)
  Photo The Boissevain Company Store, circa 1957. (Charles H. Wilson, Jr. Collection)
  Photo The Tipple at Boissevain. (N&W Photo / SPI&SU Collection)
  Photo This is the tunnel just west of "Baby Mine" (the present-day exhibition mine) on the way to Boissevain, looking west. Note the absence of track; this photo was taken in 1905. In the picture are the members of the E.J. Ellet family, ancestors of Dr. Junius E. Crowgey, retired opthamologist who now lives in Roanoke. (Tazewell County Public Library Archives)
  Photo Although very similar to Pocahontas Tunnel #1, being bored from solid bluestone, this view depicts the west portal of the short tunnel just west of "Baby Mine" (Exhibition Mine) on the line to Boissevain looking east back into Pocahontas. It was taken March 27, 1948. This bore is the same one shown in the Ellett Family Portrait which looks west. Note the small deck girder bridge over Laurel Creek just before the entrance. Another one exists just behind the photographer, and two more are on the other side of the tunnel before Bluestone Junction. (Tazewell County Public Library Archives)
  Photo Posed in front of the coke ovens near Railroad Avenue in Pocahontas is Julian O. Johnson and his wife with the six children of Ernest Junius Ellett and Ada Louise Weisiger (standing). A 1905 photo. (Tazewell County Public Library Archives)
  Photo The passenger station in Pocahontas was located on Railroad Avenue. This is how it looked in 1918. The ovens and tipples would have been located to the left (west) of the station. (N&W Photo / SPI&SU Collection)
  Photo The former Company Store in Pocahontas, as it appears today. Still operating as a store when our convention members visited in 1996, it is now closed, and deterioration has greatly increased. (Charles H. Wilson, Jr.)
  Photo The Pocahontas Fuel Company Store in Boissevain, originally built in 1917, stands dilapidated and empty now. Compare with the photo on page 14. (Charles H. Wilson, Jr.)
  Photo A December, 2001 photo of the east portal of Pocahontas Tunnel No. 1 looking west toward town. The track remains, and is still in relatively good condition. Laurel growth is slowly reclaining the entrance. Note concrete pier to the right of the track which once supported catenary. (Charles H. Wilson, III)
  Photo This 1990 photo looks down Center Street in Pocahontas toward the location of the old passenger station on Railroad Ave., current location of N&W caboose 530302 (ex-VGN C-10). The cabin car stands as a constant reminder of what was once a thriving railroad community. (Charles H. Wilson, Jr.)
N&W Freight Car Roster, Part 10: 1944 / 10th in a series - James F. Brewer
  Photo The G4 gondolas were of "war emergency" design, utilizing wood in place of steel, in their construction. The wood planks were easily replaced when damaged, and the steel structure provided adequate support for the loads carried in these cars. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo This company photo of "brand new" Class BJa 65130 was taken in January 1918. By 1944, these 36-foot wood bodied cars had answered the call well above and beyond normal duty. Their numbers were beginning to thin, but there were still more than 500 in service. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo Like their G4 cousins, the H4 hopper cars were of "war emergency" design. This February 1, 1944 company photo provides an excellent example of the stenciling scheme then in use by the N&W. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo This B-end view of a Class H4 hopper shows all the details of the "business end" of the car. The air reservoir, triple valve, cylinder, handbrake and retainer are clearly visible. This class of hoppers lacked the distinctive N&W "arched end" typical of its other classes of the period. (N&WHS Archives)
  Photo Before "recycling" was the "in thing", N&W routinely built modernized cars from older cars. The Class H5 hoppers were built from Class HA hoppers, which had originally been built in 1930 by Ralston Stel Car Co. and Bethlehem Steel Co. (N&WHS Archives)
The Tennessean / Y6b Smokeboxes: Variations on a Theme - James Nichols
  Photo Y6b No. 2189 is in Bluefield on July 13, 1959, her service days now just a memory. This photo provides a superb view of the final arrangement of the smokebox front for these engines. (N&WHS Archives Collection)
  Photo Y6b No. 2186 takes a manifest freight through Elliston, Va in April, 1956. (Jim Shaw Photo / Jim Gillum Collection)
Virginian Local / The Pre-38 H4 Hopper - Martin E. Swartz
  Drawing H-4 Class diagram (Ken Miller Collection)
  Photo Virginian H-4 6086 takes a ride up to the dumper in this 1929 photo. The back of the photo is inscribed "Old coal docks, Maumee river, Toledo Ohio". (Lloyd Lewis Collection)
In Scale / Reviewing the new Bachmann J - George Hughes
  Photo Right side view of #611 (George Hughes)
  Photo The old and the new: original Bachmann J on the left; new Bachmann Spectrum on the right. (George Hughes)
  Photo The nose contour of #610. Also of note: #611 is finished in the glossy "excursion paint", while #610 is in a matte finish, more closely resembling the J's in-service appearance. (George Hughes)
  Photo Cab and tender connection of #610. The tender front steps are furnished with the model, but are not installed in this photo. (George Hughes)
  Photo A side view of the new Spectrum tender. (George Hughes)
  Photo Rear view of old Bachmann J tender (left) and new Bachmann Spectrum J tender (right). (George Hughes)
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