Wakefield, VA train order office

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Tue Jan 22 14:02:39 EST 2013

2. Does the disappearance of water towers correspond to a changeover in locomotive design or some other system-wide change?

Frank Akers:
I'm not sure the towers on the depots were intended to replenish the tanks of locomotives. At
Wakefield, a train taking water would certainly tie up the crossing. N&W did have a tank at
Milepost 71, between Disputanta and Poe. Even trains with canteens would stop for water,
blocking only the crossing to the golf club (I'm not sure it was a public crossing in the 1950's)

Probably, it's more evident in the Rural Retreat photo -- in the early 1900's, railroads often
furnished the agent with a residence and the 2nd story may be it. Harry Bundy

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