Pocahontas Division towers

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Thank you Harry. The early N&W timetables show the St. Paul location as 'SX Tower' at least through 1950, but by 1/1/67 it was listed as simply St. Paul.

I think the remains of the Cedar Bluff interlocking station are still there, with NS having removed the top half of the structure. If I'm correct, it appears as though it may still be used to house the Cedar Bluff interlocking mechanism.


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Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 16:31:57 -0400 (EDT)
From: NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>
Subject: Re: Pocahontas Division towers

In the late 70's during an assignment at Carbo, there was a visit to St. Paul to make a phone call to Erwin, TN.
By my recollection, the interlocking at that time was in the Clinchfield depot on the south side of
the Clinch Valley main line. This interlocking was expanded in the early 70's to include a connection
track. L&N had been granted trackage rights on the N&W from Norton to St. Paul and a new connection
was built so that their coal trains could move directly south on the Clinchfield. Harry Bundy

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Can anyone with a knowledge of Pocahontas Division operations elaborate on the different interlocking stations that were still in service in the post 1960 era? Were they actual towers, or simply one story 'cabin' style buildings?

I'm especially interested in the offices at Cedar Bluff, Devon, Dry Fork Junction (Iaeger), Hull, SX Tower (St. Paul), Tug (Welch) and Weller.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!


Ron S.
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