RD and other Pocahontas Towers

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Sat Aug 14 16:15:25 EDT 2021


This is a difficult question.  I have no idea of the definition of a 
tower.  I have seen some only one floor.

Anyway, HQ Tower was at Graham, VA.  It was two story building and 
controlled signals and switches and had a telegraph call.  It was 3.3 
miles from Bluefield, WV.   In Bluefield Yard, WV there was a location 
known as West End Tower at 1.3 miles.  I have never seen a telegraph 
call for this point nor a photo of the building. I assume it had some 
control of trains arriving or leaving on the West End. This may date 
back to the time the signal was a flag or lantern.

Jim Blackstock

On 8/14/2021 12:21 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:

> Pages 240-241 of Alex Schust's "The Norfolk And Western In West 
> Virginia 1881-1959" describe and show a picture of RD Tower, on the 
> east end of Bluefield Yard.  What isn't clear to me is if it 
> controlled only the east end of the yard or both ends?  If RD only 
> controlled the east end of the yard, was there another tower that 
> controlled the west end, perhaps Graham/RQ?
> While we're on the subject, how many towers were there on the N&W 
> main, particularly between Bluefield and Kenova?  I know there was SU 
> tower at Bluestone Junction, TUG at Welch, DY at Iaeger, and KX at 
> Kenova.  I believe the Devon depot contained the controls for the 
> Buchanan Branch.  Are there any others? I've tried browsing the online 
> Archives, but haven't had much success, maybe using the wrong search 
> terms.
> Thank you
> Marty Flick
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