Notes on "A Day at the Park Street Yard Office

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Sat Jul 20 10:03:50 EDT 2013

Reading through Mason Cooper's article about "A Day at the Park Street
Yard Office", I would like to pass on the following;

Page 8 refers to a "decidedly overpowered" Glasgow Turn with MoW cars in
There obviously was not a unit train of empty hoppers to be returned to
the C&O at Glasgow this day (It would hard to say where the MoW cars
were to be set off on line). All of that power would be needed to move a
train of about 100 loads of coal off of the passing siding at Glasgow to

A caption on page 9 refers to train #40.
I have been at a loss as to why Mason refers to shifters on the Roanoke
District as having numbers? Those of us that worked there never knew
these trains to have any number at all. They were always known by their
Appo Turn - Worked between Roanoke and "Appo" (A control point signal
near MP H184 a mile north of the station at Buena Vista.) The grade
north out of town was known as Appo Hill.
Buch Shifter - Worked between Roanoke and Buchanan serving the limestone
quarries between MP H213 & H212.
1st & 2nd TV shifters - Working between Roanoke and Lone Star Cement Co.
at the end of the Cloverdale Branch.
Only later on in life, after the train clearances started coming over
the printer, did these shifters get assignment numbers (V80 for the
Buchanan job and V81 for the cement job). By then the Appo Turn had been

A mention was made to "1040" crew.
The yard crews working the hump bowl was known as the "40" crews. The
correct pronunciation for these crews would be Eight-Forty, Nine-Forty
and Ten-Forty.

Top caption on page 13 says the train is making its way to the empty
side yard. Being that the cars in the train are freight rather than
empty coal hoppers and there are only two small units, the train is more
likely to be making its way toward the westbound running track to the
hump and then out the receiving or as everyone knows it, the "Big Hopper
Yard". The "Empty Side Yard", being that most of them were the longest
tracks in the north yard, was mostly reserved for long empty hopper
trains. Long auto rack and unit coal trains could also be found there too.

Jimmy Lisle

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