NRH&W - Boxley Contract to Build Branch to Suiter, 1913
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I got my Boy Scout Merit badge for cycling in the 1960's riding back and
forth from Narrows to Rocky Gap on SR61. It was a beautiful ride along
Wolf Creek. Most of the road was built on the former NRH&W right of way.
It had very smooth grades and at that time used at least 2 of the bridges
built by the railroad.
Ed Painter, member #70 - from Narrows, VA living in Cohutta, GA
On Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 9:08 PM NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>
> From Railway Age, vol.55, p. 1048, Nov. 28, 1913 :
> NEW RIVER HOLSTON & WESTERN. An officer of this company, which operates a
> line from Narrows, Va., west to Rocky Gap, 21 miles, writes that a
> contract has been given to J. J. Boxley & Son, Roanoke, Va., to build an
> extension from Rocky Gap to Suiters, in Bland county, 15 miles.
> Most things which I never got to see fascinate me, and it is no different
> with the New River Holston & Western RR (the N&W's "Narrows Branch.") So
> last October, when I was visiting Judge Frank Akers' newly restored
> emporium at Rural Retreat Grand Union Terminal Station, I build an extra
> day into my travel schedule to drive both the Stony Creek RR (Potts Valley
> Branch) and the NRH&W, north to south, beginning at Paint Bank. The Potts
> Valley was a disappointment, as very little of the present highway uses the
> old railroad grade. But the NRH&W was a different story, as almost all of
> the present highway is on the old railroad grade, including the 5.5 mile
> branch from Bastian out to Suiter. Fortunately, there was an old gentleman
> working on the church building at Bastian who was able to give pointers.
> (For the first mile or so west of Bastian, the present hard surface road to
> Suiter does not utilize the railroad R/W.)
> What I wouldn't give to ride an old Class W Consolidation on the
> Narrows-to-Bastian-and-Suiter Local ! And if you are looking for the
> calmest place in the world for a retirement home in a peaceful, lovely
> valley, check out Suiter.
> There were no items worthy of "railroad photography" on the NRH&W, so all
> I came back with were two photos of the highway name signs (both shot under
> adverse lighting conditions at the end of the day,) to evoke pleasant
> memories of a day well spent in Bland County. Attachments.
> Does anyone know what became of the NRH&W men when the N&W abandoned the
> line in 1946? Did they have seniority rights on the Radford Division jobs?
> -- abram burnett
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