What's in a name?
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Fri Jan 17 09:13:44 EST 2014
My last paragraph should have said "had" a house, not has. McMullin
has been dead for 150 years, and his old house is long gone.
On 1/17/14, Ben Blevins <signalyard at gmail.com> wrote:
> The CTC machines I have seen on the N&W had the names and numbers
> both. That is why it was the N&W practice to have an east end and
> west end of sidings. My beloved Marion was that way until NS changed
> it in 1997. Holdout Marion, which was a holdout signal west of Marion
> was renamed Abbott. Nobody I can find knows where that name came
> from. But, the location also was retired, so it isn't a signal
> location at all anymore. The west end of Marion became Marion, and
> the east end of Marion became Schuleen. That name came from an old
> track chart calling the area Schuleen Masto, which was the location of
> an old long gone quarry.
> NS did this everywhere on the old N&W. And, they're still doing it.
> McKibben at Roanoke is a prime example. Obviously, it was named for
> Mr. McKibben, and it replaced the 65 and 95 crossovers. New control
> points on the upgraded Norfolk division from Petersburg to Norfolk
> have also been getting new CP's named after railroaders, such as CP's
> Snow, Obenchain, and Stanback just to name a few.
> Back to the subject, the intermediate (or automatic signals as we call
> them in N&W lingo) had names in most cases because they had at one
> time been located at a siding. The names remained after the sidings
> were removed and the signals were reconfigured to work automatically
> instead of by dispatcher control. That is the reason that many of the
> old signals were staggered. That in itself is a very lengthy subject
> and I won't get into the complexity of it.
> In many other cases, there's a name on the track chart that
> corresponds to that location. The names can come from anywhere I
> guess is what I'm saying. My old train watching hamlet of McMullin
> was named for LaFayette McMullen, (sic), a politician who has a house
> on the hill overlooking that area.
> Ben Blevins
> On 1/16/14, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
>> Controlled signals were designated by their control lever number on the
>> panel, but train crews and operators/dispatchers referred to both
>> controlled and automatic signals by location name. Also used were street
>> names, track names and that of other railroad features--whatever became
>> commonly used over time, although I'm not aware of an official list of
>> signal names until later with NS.
>> Grant Carpenter
>>> Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2013
>>> Intermediate signals were designated by mile number (to the tenth), but
>>> this was not the case with control points/interlockings. Did all
>>> points/interlockings have names. In many cases the names of nearby
>>> communities were used but I don't believe this to have been true in all
>>> How were these points names?
>>> Jim Cochran
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