Grottoes Fire Department - N&W Steam Whistle

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Mon Jan 23 20:41:07 EST 2006

I recall reading in one of the OWL books that the N&W donated a steam whistle to the Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department for use at their station. Having recently worked with the department on a new truck, I contacted the chief since my curiosity was killing me. Below is the response I received. Thought some of you might be interested to know "the rest of the story" as Paul Harvey says.

Jeff Hawkins


After doing some checking with the senior members of the department, I have found that the Alcoa Company (Formally Reynolds Metals) has possession of this item. They checked with the Alcoa Company and have found that they still use this steam whistle as a Evacuation Alarm. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me anytime.

Andrew Holloway

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 13:38:30 -0500
Subject: Grottoes VFD Question

Andrew -

How are you? I wanted to ask you about something rather odd. Years ago (i.e. 1950's), the Norfolk & Western Railroad presented the Grottoes VFD with a steam whistle that was used to summon firemen to the station. Is the GVFD still in possession of this whistle? Thanks.

Jeff Hawkins
Sales Administrator & Marketing Manager
Performance Specialty Vehicles
Phone: (540) 752-7721 Ext. 131
Fax: (540) 752-5194
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