Wakefield, VA train order office

NW Mailing List nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org
Tue Jan 22 11:39:01 EST 2013

Your picture of Wakefield triggered questions for the group.  I've attached a
couple of photo composites to illustrate the following.  The Wakefield
architecture is similar to Rural Retreat, of Italianate design:  low roof,
tower(s), ornate trim, rounded windows.  The early 1900's photos of both show
two changes that I am interested in.  First, both early depots had 2-story
towers (water?) that had disappeared by the 1940's.  Second, both depots show
the addition of city water toilet facilities that were 'tacked on' and didn't
bother to replicate the rounded windows.  Wakefield added their toilets where
the main entrance appears to have been, while Rural Retreat added its toilets to
the northeast corner. 

Questions for the group:
1.  Is there a recorded history of changes the N&W made to its depots?
2.  Does the disappearance of water towers correspond to a changeover in
locomotive design or some other system-wide change?
3.  Was there a particular year or program when toilets were added? 

It is significant to me that the N&W did a very professional (and expensive?)
makeover of its depots when it phased out the towers.

Thanks in advance,
Frank Akers


From: NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>
Sent: Sun, January 20, 2013 2:12:12 PM
Subject: Wakefield, VA train order office

Good morning all:

Attached is a 1963 view at Wakefield.  Did the N&W replace train order blade
signals with color lights in later years?  Would anyone have an example photo of
the control box that was inside the station for changing the signal in each

Best wishes,

Frank Scheer
f_scheer at yahoo.com
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://six.pairlist.net/pipermail/nw-mailing-list/attachments/20130122/837fceb9/attachment-0001.htm>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: Wakefield Station 191x to 196x.jpg
Type: image/jpeg
Size: 124133 bytes
Desc: not available
Url : <http://six.pairlist.net/pipermail/nw-mailing-list/attachments/20130122/837fceb9/attachment-0002.jpg>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: RR Depot 191x 194x plus toilets.jpg
Type: image/jpeg
Size: 76891 bytes
Desc: not available
Url : <http://six.pairlist.net/pipermail/nw-mailing-list/attachments/20130122/837fceb9/attachment-0003.jpg>

More information about the NW-Mailing-List mailing list