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Sat Feb 6 08:03:06 EST 2021
I feel for you guys in the shops. How much time did you all have to service & turn the “Y’s”? Sounds like a lot of tonnage moving between Lynchburg & Durham during those years. This was pre-Hyco & Mayo coal movements. Do you remember what the freight consist was that would require so much motive power? Was it mostly overhead traffic to be interchanged or mostly destined to N&W served customers?
My uncle, R. G. Robertson was the station master @ Woodsdale. My earliest memories were of watching the sets Alcos roll by with mixed freight in the late ‘50’s (missed steam daggonnit!).
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> On Feb 6, 2021, at 5:49 AM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> I worked as a laborer in the N&W Durham shop the summers of 1954-56 and I heard much mention of a "Winfall pusher. This pusher assisted freight trains out of Lynchburg's Island Yard, up the stiff 2.6 percent grade to 12th Street and on another 16 miles to Winfall where so-named pushers cut off to go back to Island Yard. Some pushers, however, continued on the train all of the way to Durham. These were Y class steam locomotives and when two came in on a train it put quite a strain on us laborers and other crafts in that small, sparsely-equipped shop to get them serviced. You can imagine what we felt on one memorable day when a train came from Lynchburg with double-headed Ys on the head end and a Y pusher on the rear--all of which needed servicing!
> Gordon Hamilton
> On 2/5/2021 1:49 PM, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List wrote:
>> Quite often, in steam days, time freights were pushed all the way from Roanoke to Winston-Salem. Even, in the diesel era, Belews Creek coal trains are pushed on the Punkin Vine.
>> Dick Kimball
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