Interlocking tower locations- speaking of which...Saturday at Pamplin.........

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On our Saturday convention tour, one stop was at Pamplin. In the beautifully restored station was a drawing (sketch - painting, whatever) from the west end of the station looking east. Bob Leslie pointed out to me what appears to be an interlocking tower on the north side of the tracks slightly west of the station. Does anyone know of any photos of this tower? Did the junction have a different name? A photo in the VT imagebase collection (using Pamplin as a search; used in the Saturday handout) was quite possibly taken from the tower. further thoughts, info appreciated.
Charlie Long

The audit for Pamplin was made in March, 1917 and shows two buildings there -- a
combination freight/ passenger station and a toilet. Apparently Pamplin didn't have inside
plumbing. This doesn't mean that there was never a tower there. The inventory of
station furniture included a telegrapher's desk, which seems to indicate the agent doubled
as an operator/leverman. There was also a Seth Thomas clock (valued at $10). The
photo was made from the north side of the tracks and the format contained the eastward
main track only, making it impossible to see what was beyond the station on the north
side. There was one eye-catcher -- a semaphore located west of the depot for the eastward
main track. Maybe this was pipe-connected to the station --- or maybe there was indeed
an operator/leverman west of the depot.

The brick combination station there now was constructed in 1925. The schedule pages from
1917 and 1930 Norfolk Div. timetables show only the name Pamplin. Harry Bundy
Harry Bundy
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