Rural Retreat Depot
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Sat Sep 28 07:41:47 EDT 2013
I may have got some of this wrong ......... and no doubt many more intimate
and expert on and off this list will correct me (and Millie) :-)
In fact the train station appears to have survived as a passenger station
almost to the Amtrak era which the Norfolk and Western Railway eschewed.
Some pix athttp://spec.lib.vt.edu/imagebase/norfolksouthern/full/ns1183.jpeg
> *From:* Dominic Pinto <zorro at btinternet.com>
> *To:* "mrothrock at wythenews.com" <mrothrock at wythenews.com>
> *Sent:* Friday, 27 September 2013, 23:21
> *Subject:* Rural Retreat Depot
> Dear Millie
> It's always a pleasure to read stories from SW Virginia and your piece on
> the RR station (note it was the Norfolk and Western Railway for most of
> it's life) is no exception.
> I rather fancy that it was in the 1860s not 1960s that Union troops burned
> down the old station:
> 'The railroad company was important to the South during The Civil War, so
> Union troops burned down the depot in 1964. Three years, later, it was
> rebuilt with Italianate style architecture.'
> And it was more the 1960s when the station closed as passenger service up
> and down the valley to/from Bristol survived just until Amtrak Day May 1st
> 1971. You may like to check with the Norfolk and Western History Society
> http://www.nwhs.org/archivesdb/selectdocs.php?index=c&id=478 for the
> exact closure (to railway service) date.
> Best wishes
> Dominic Pinto
> London UK
> A member/supporter of both!
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