Icing Stations on the N&W

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Sun Sep 17 12:46:02 EDT 2006

Please excuse the reposting of this e-mail. I forgot to put my name on it
the first time.

I am interested in learning about the use of icing stations and the icing of
reefers on the N&W.

Here is the background. I have a copy of the 1966 N&W Stations and Sidings
listing. In the back the icing stations list regular, emergency, and retop
stations. Durham, NC is in the Norfolk Division and is listed as an emergency
icing station. Durham is also a junction with several railroads, namely the
Southern, Norfolk Southern, Seaboard, and Durham Southern.

My question is: For reefers coming to or thru Durham, I would assume that
icing would be done at the point or origin or retoped at one of the regular
icing stations. If ice was needed here, would N&W most likely to have an ice
house where it received ice from the closest ice station shipped in or would
it rely on a local ice producer. Would there be a small "ice house" on site
at the freight yard? Was ice cheaper to haul or buy locally back in the

I would appreciate any enlightenment on this.

Chuck Stewart
Bahama, NC
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