Stop on signal

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Mon Feb 21 20:32:48 EST 2005

I had several members of my extended family who grew up
along the NC branch - mostly near Draper, Delton and Allisonia.
>From my childhood I can recall them showing me where the
train would stop to pick them up or let them off.  In almost
every case it was right beside their house.  In one case
it was in the middle of a "high" tressle - the house being along
the creek that the tressle was crossing and not more than
a mile from the Draper depot.

Toney Minter

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> Hello, Leslie and Jim:
> Jim mentioned several methods for "stop on signal."
> It also included telling the conductor that a person
> wanted to get off a train.  The more rural the
> branchline, especially for mixed trains, the more
> customized the precise stopping point.
> M. Tyson Gilpin II recently mentioned to me that when
> he traveled in the early 1950s as a child on Train 2
> from Boyce which arrived around midnight, the family
> would sit in the car at the north end of the station,
> angled southwards towards the track.  When train 2's
> headlight brightened the rails, the car's driver would
> start flashing the headlights.  That was the apparent
> customary "signal" and the engine crew knew to stop.
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