Bedford "Bump" (was Re: Train order signal - Bedford, Virginia)

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Sat Jul 28 07:39:59 EDT 2018

Thanks for the clarification. I am probably mis-remembering where we were when Bev made the comment.

Dave Phelps 

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> On Jul 28, 2018, at 12:12 AM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:
>> On Fri, Jul 27, 2018, at 9:36 PM, Dave wrote:
>> Harry's parenthetical note about the original main line alignment west of Bedford reminds me that when the NWHS 2004 Convention was in Roanoke, Bev Fitzpatrick drove the bus that took a group to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford.  Coming down the Rt. 460 bypass west of Bedford, he remarked that its alignment was partially on the old N&W alignment.
> OK, the mention of "bypass" threw me as first, since the Bedford bypass is a little too far south of the tracks and the grades don't work for a rail line. So I looked at the USGS Historical Map site and found an 1890 map, that when overlaid on the current map showed a bow to the south in the N&W tracks approaching Thaxton. A check of the satellite view with Goggle maps and a 1978 topo map shows that there is still a trace of the original rail line, a portion of which is now covered by a portion of U.S. 460.
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