"Takin' Twenty" with the Virginian Brethren by Skip Salmon

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Thu Sep 20 09:45:40 EDT 2012

Last night I had the pleasure of "Takin' Twenty" with ten of the Brethren
and Friends of the Virginian Railway. Most of the talk was about Saturday's
Virginian Railway Day at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. The
Brethren are "manning" a table in the "Virginian Railway, Roanoke's Other
Railway" at VMT from about 10AM until about 3PM. They will be a part of the
celebration of our beloved fallen flag line. Ole number 4, 0-8-0 SA, last
of the VGN steam has been given a sprucing up and will shine as part of the

Also Saturday we will "unveil" the addition to the museum's photo gallery
the photo of the VGN Brethren posing in front of NS Heritage locomotive
#1069. This photo will also become a part of the photo gallery at the
Virginian Station when it is finished.

Part of Saturdays new additions to VMT VGN displays, will be an operators
panel that once was part of the JK tower. I was able to "rescue" it from a
box car in Crewe, VA and make a trade with the N&W Historical boys by
swapping some steam gauges for their N&W steam locomotive donated by the
Roanoke Chapter NRHS Jeff Sanders and Ken Miller. This panel handled all of
the switching and some signals between Demuth, just east of JK at Buzzard
Rock, to Abilene, VA. This is the portion of the old VGN east of Roanoke
that is still in service. Roanoke Chapter member Fred Boettner completely
restored the panel and it now lights up. Future plans are for programing it
showing trains even making meets between Abilene and Roanoke. There are
many more activities at VMT during the day Saturday. Come join us and see
the new stuff.

The Jewel from the Past is from April 27, 2006: "I asked about how the VGN
handled road crossing accidents. It seems that after the train got stopped
and an ambulance was called, that was about it. Slick Inge said that there
were reports to write but no one called the police, fire department, Hazmat
team, TV, newspaper, etc. Inge remembered being on a train once when an 18
year old girl was struck and lost a leg. Also he recalled a train striking
someone in the tunnel at Amigo."

Last night was an abbreviated session for me because my brother Joe was
being honored at Roanoke College where he attended, for completing his
Doctorate in Education (from Virginia Tech). The service was dedicated to
our Mom and Dad, Charles and Dorothy Salmon, who worked long and hard to
see three sons and one daughter complete college. Congratulations to my
little brother, Doctor Joseph L. Salmon!

Then there's this: A silver surfer, senior, had a problem with his
computer, so he called Eric, the 11 year old boy next door, whose bedroom
looks like Mission Control and asked him to come over. Eric clicked a
couple of buttons and solved the problem. As he was walking away the senior
called after him,'So, what was wrong?' Eric answered An ID ten T error.
What's that the senior asked, in case it happened again so he might be able
to fix it. Eric grinned. 'Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error
before?' 'No' the senior answered. 'Write it down' Eric answered 'and I
think you'll figure it out'. So the silver surfer wrote it down" ID10T....

Time to pull the pin on this one!

Departing Now from V248,

Skip Salmon


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