Old E-8s

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Wed Aug 1 20:35:13 EDT 2012

I asked about them a few years back.
There was a well-intentioned but badly-executed effort to replace some
damaged side panels some time before, and that's why they were sitting
there with their insides unprotected.
Perhaps that job will now be done right.

Jeff Cornelius
Still learning...
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Subject: Old E-8s

The Va Museum of Transportation has had some old artifacts stored in
the yard east of Shaffer’s Crossing and just west of the 10th Street
Bridge for some time, including two old E-8 units in pretty rough
shape. I remember one of them being on display in Wasena Park many
years ago.

I noticed a few weeks ago they were “missing,” Then I happened to
notice one parked on one of the East End Shops’ turntable sidings,
under the I-581 bridge. That one is still there.

Yesterday (7/31) afternoon, I looked out the window from my perch atop
the Wells Fargo Tower and saw the other E8 being towed west past the
old GOB building by three engines with a caboose behind it. Needless
to say, that train was moving at a snail’s pace even for downtown
Roanoke. It was also interesting to see a white hose draped along the
side of the old E-8, apparently to supply air to the caboose. If you
were really lucky you might have seen it on the Roanoke rail cam.

(Yeah, I know, it’s awful working in an office overlooking the shops,
the old passenger station, and the Roanoke yards, with a view of 611
and 1218 at the VMT, with trains going by all day.)

Anyway, what’s up with these units? Any chance they’re finally seeing
some TLC?

Eric Shelton

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