N&W Cripple Creek Extension

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Wed Nov 24 21:08:03 EST 2010


Thank you for the interesting research that you have done on the North Carolina Extension. I would like to clarify two things. You mentioned the Norma Branch and additional trackage off that branch. Looking at your crop of the Speedwell quadrangle, what is the extent of the Norma Branch proper and what is the additional trackage? Also, what or where is Averhill that you also mentioned?

Gordon Hamilton
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On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 9:43 PM, Jim wrote:


You are the man Thanks. That is the info I have. Any idea what mine etc. was at Norma. I heard about the branch about 50 years ago and made a trip to the area to try to locate the old right of way of the branch. A local that I met told me how to get to the location of the junction of the branch and I did my best to follow his directions. Never did see any evidence of the old right of way for the branch. The Speedwell branch was fairly easy to follow but never did find any evidence of the Norma Branch. At that time I did not even know the name of the branch. I have the spelling as Averill in 1907 SST. I will check spelling in 1907 later. Could be a typo on my part.

And the hits just keep coming. How about that map? I remembered seeing a topo map with the branch and making a copy of it, so I ran over to the Virginia Tech Library (the university closed at noon for the holiday; I'm taking the whole day to use up leave time). In the map collection is the 15-minute Speedwell quadrangle and the Max Meadows quad, edition of 1930. One thing I recently learned was that it is possible to check these things out (found that out when I was scanning the aerial photos [I haven't forgotten about your request either, Ken]). I did the paperwork and did a fast scan of the Speedwell map that shows the Speedwell Extension, then cropped the part that shows the Norma Branch, complete with additional trackage off the branch. The images are in the usual place:


I checked the station listings and it is "Averhill" in 1913. It dropped off the list in the 1930 book, but the Norma Branch was shown as being 1.42 miles long at that time.

Bruce in Blacksburg


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