What is the line between Bristol and Radford called

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Mon Apr 6 13:26:19 EDT 2015

Looking through Radford Division ETT's from 1922 to 1984 (I have 23 Radford Division ETT's in my collection):

In Norfolk Southern ETTs' its the Pulaski District of the Virginia Division

In the 8 N&W Radford Division ETTs' I have from 1967 to 1984 it is referred to as the "Pulaski District" (also so designated on  the overall Division map in the ETT)
In the 4 N&W Radford Division ETTs' I have from 1961 to 1965 in some places it is referred as the "Bristol Line" within the sections referring to rules and such.
In the 8 N&W Radford Division ETT's I have from 1942 to 1959 it is referred to as "Radford to Bristol"(or Bristol to Radford)....no Line or District references.
In the 3 N&W Radford Division ETT's I have from 1922 to 1935 it is referred to as "East Radford to Bristol" (or Bristol to East Radford)....no Line or District references.

With my Dad's family being from Wythe and Pulaski Counties with several eventually moving to Abingdon all my memories relate to the line being the "Bristol Line".  I still tend to use that designation today.........often having to tell younger folks that I'm referring to the "Pulaski District".  

Ed Painter, Narrows, VA living in North Georgia

On Apr 6, 2015, at 9:46 AM, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:

> Norfolk Southern. It was 'the route' when double stack container trains were being routed Chicago - Norfolk. The Columbus,OH - Bluefield route still had many low tunnels. That has since been corrected by the well publicized tunnel enlargement program. 
> The line from Radford to Bristol is identified as the Pulaski District, but in
> older timetables, it was ID'ed as a Sub-division with a number.  I can't
> recall the number.
> Had it not been for double stacks, I doubt the line to Bristol would have
> ever seen more than a six-days-a-week local.  In the last months before
> the NW/Southern merger, N&W was interchanging an average of only six
> cars a day with the Southern at Bristol.  N&W tried to tease Southern into
> running their Chattanooga-Washington traffic via Bristol, then N&W to Monroe,
> Mileage-wise and considering the crew districts involved, it would have
> been a real  benefit, but Southern was only interested in a direct
> connection to Chicago.     Harry Bundy
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