Winston-Salem Passenger Trains at Roanoke

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Tue Apr 7 15:35:14 EDT 2020

Since the distance between the western end of the platform for track 4 at Roanoke and the turnout to Winston Salem was 540 feet, how did the passenger trains to/from the WS District operate?  Was there enough room west of the turnout for the entire train including engine to arrive/depart there?  Or did each train have to back into/out of the station and use the east leg of the wye to reach the WS line?  Anybody remember?
Glenn Fisher
Cornwall PA
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