Fw: Natural Tunnel

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Wed Jun 26 22:19:29 EDT 2013

I have heard from Tony Scales that Natural Tunnel will be reopened for rail traffic at 4:00 pm instead of the 6:00 pm time given in the attached program announcement. In other words Natural Tunnel will be closed to train traffic 10:00 am -- 4:00 pm, Sat., July 13, 2013. Also, he has been told there will be a heritage unit present in addition to the safety unit.

Correction: The article mentioned in my previous email, "Fire in the Hole...." appeared in the Oct/Dec 2010 issue of The Arrow, not the Oct/Dec 2070 issue.

Gordon Hamilton

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From: Gordon Hamilton
To: 4VGN Ry Yahoo Group ; 3N&W Mailing List
Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 3:01 PM
Subject: Natural Tunnel

On July 13th, a Saturday, Natural Tunnel in SW Virginia will closed to railroad traffic and open to foot passage for visitors. This is a cooperative effort between the Park and Norfolk Southern, and a rare opportunity to see the inside of the Tunnel at leisure. Plus, there is plenty for those with interest in railroading. I hope to lead one of the scheduled trips emphasizing the geology and for most of the day will be set up on the boardwalk with my books.
Please feel free to forward to anyone who might be interested, and I hope to see you there.

I received this message and attachment from Tony Scales, a geologist from Big Stone Gap, VA. Scales has written two books that I know of on SW Virginia features: "Natural Tunnel, Natures Marvel in Stone," and "The Breaks, the Grand Canyon of the South." Tony was a big help to me in preparing my article, "Fire in the Hole--A Tunnel Burns and the N&W Detours Through a Cave!" that appeared in the Oct/Dec 2070 issue of the NWHS journal, The Arrow.

Gordon Hamilton
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