N&W Shenandoah Line Question

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Thu Sep 11 22:37:37 EDT 2008

Rick gives a pretty thorough review. I can remember the train and passenger
car setting at Front Royal while the Redbird shifted cars on the overload
track next to the Viscose plant. The freight crews never ran from Hagerstown
to Roanoke. I used to ask the freight crews questions about the Roanoke
District between Shenandoah and Roanoke and to them it was just as foreign
as being on the moon. \
Mason Cooper
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Passenger conductors and brakemen went through up to the end of passenger
service in 1962. I had a friend from Front Royal who was a conductor on 1 &
2 at the time. He drove to Hagerstown for his job. When he went in to
Roanoke in the morning, he did not go back on duty until the evening of the
following day. I think those crews stayed at a place called the Hotel Earl.
Is that correct?

After mixed trains 13 & 14 were dropped in 1957, a local freight operated
on the same schedule for several years. They were powered by red bird
GP-9's. So an engine change must have been made sometimes at Shenandoah to
provide power for these trains. A 200 series express box car ran MWF to
provide daylight REA service to stations between Hagerstown and Shenandoah.
I think this ended in the early 60's, and the local freight then worked
north as necessary out of Front Royal, with a fresh unit being dropped there
each day.

--Rick Morrison

"Also, did the conductor & brakeman change in Shenandoah or go through
to Roanoke ?"

Freight train crews changed in Shenandoah.
Passenger conductors and brakemen, at least at some point, went through.
Passenger engineers would lay over and turn back. Time of layover depending
on schedule.

Jimmy Lisle


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