[N&W] N&W Mailing List - Reese Ohio ? Part II
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Mon May 3 21:10:44 EDT 2004
Here is Gary Rolih's reply:
>Ron: I did a little checking at lunch... Reese, a little, dinky,
>cross roads town today, started out as Reese's Station many years ago.
>It is between Valley Crossing which is at the e/b end of Watkins Yard
>and Lockbourne, not Duvalls, which comes after Lockbournein the e/b
>mode. The grade from Portsmouth to Columbus runs gradually up hill
>along the Scioto river with two major grades at the west end. One is
>up Kingston Hill going from Chillicothe to Kingston. The second is a
>short but nasty bump between Watkins Yard and Joyce Avenue Yard.
>Reeses, as some of the N&W documentation calls it, sits at the east
>end of this bump. In the Scioto Valley RR days, where they stated in
>"downtown" Columbus at the Reed Avenue yard- next to the very big
>PRR/Panhandle Yard- Reeses was 12 miles from Reed Ave ( about N-695
>from Norfolk. Reeses then would have been a water stop before going
>up to Joyce w/b. In the 1920 N&W Water Diagrams, Reeses was listed as
>a water stop, but not "important" or "emergency" which probably means
>it was a stop for switchers or shifters. Remember in the old days-
>pre 1930- Watkins Yard didn't exist and there were MANY industrial
>spurs w/b from Valley Crossing- the Hocking Valley/C&O crossing- and
>much interchange work with the Hocking Valley since the direct route
>C&O line from Limeville, KY was not yey built (1927 finish). So a
>local water tank was important. Anythow the 1920 drawings say that
>Reeses had one 50,000 gal wood and one 200,000 gal steel tank, a
>Sheffield No. 7, 10" water column and a water softener. The 50k tank
>was dismantled in 1937, the water softener was abandoned in 1940 and
>torn down in 1942. Water came from Big Walnut Creek. Joyce , listed
>as important, got its water from Alum Creek compass east from Joyce
>Ave. Yard, had two 50k wood tanks, two 200k steel tanks and could
>supply 1.2 million gals per day of softened water. It had two 12"
>Sheffield water columns.The next stop at Dorney, basically the top of
>Kingston, was also an important stop. It got its water from the
>Scioto River and Scippo Creek which met there. It had three 200k steel
>tanks and four 10" Sheffield water columns. Dorney could supply 1.32
>million gallons per day. Both Joyce and Dorney had water pumps which
>could deliver 750 gpm; Reeses had a 75 gpm pump. With four water
>columns, Dorney must have been designed with N&W as well as C&O
>traffic in mind as well as probably watering the e/b and w/b passenger
>trains which probably went through Joyce without stopping.
Thank you Gary.
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