Rural Retreat Depot

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Sat Sep 28 08:29:23 EDT 2013

The history of the Rural Retreat Depot was published in the NWHS electronic
Talk Among Friends (eTAF) in the April -May-June issue. Go to
Click on eTAF online newsletter at upper left.

Alex Schust

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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 at



From: Dominic Pinto <zorro at>
To: "mrothrock at" <mrothrock at>
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
<> &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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