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10/17/2018
 
 
 
 
 
By:G. R. Harper
Dates:11/21/2016 - 11/21/2016
Album Info:Ongoing work of double tracking and signal upgrades taking place between CP Green and CP Smothers. 5 of the 10 miles were placed into service Nov. 21.
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NS train 214 was the last train to pass through this territory before curfew went into effect.
Title:  NS train 214 was the last train to pass through this territory before curfew went into effect.
Description:  Taken from Rockford School Rd. New track to the right will be placed into service later in the day. Exit off US 29 to Gretna in the distance.
Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 8:22:37 AM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  CP 8632(AC44CW)
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Looking north at Sycamore Creek Rd.  Later in the day the bagged signals were put into service and milepost marker added.
Title:  Looking north at Sycamore Creek Rd. Later in the day the bagged signals were put into service and milepost marker added.
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 8:35:59 AM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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At Hurt, VA.  No track changes here, but old signals are about to fall
Title:  At Hurt, VA. No track changes here, but old signals are about to fall
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 8:39:01 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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While waiting for action at Hurt to begin... compromise joint.  1912 rail.  This track was part of former connection between the Southern and Virginian
Title:  While waiting for action at Hurt to begin... compromise joint. 1912 rail. This track was part of former connection between the Southern and Virginian
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:47:27 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Hi-rail cranes are preparing to position themselves to remove old southbound signls at Hurt, VA.
Title:  Hi-rail cranes are preparing to position themselves to remove old southbound signls at Hurt, VA.
Description:  Truck on 29 Business is using spur that once served the Burlington factory in Hurt. Facility now gone except for a smokestack
Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 8:40:46 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
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Unbagging the last of new southbound signals at Hurt, VA
Title:  Unbagging the last of new southbound signals at Hurt, VA
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 8:44:19 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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M of W equipment went south past the "plant" at Hurt.  American crane backed out of the scene and headed to the ex-VGN
Title:  M of W equipment went south past the "plant" at Hurt. American crane backed out of the scene and headed to the ex-VGN
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 8:46:19 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
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NW 514891 crane and cars backing south - west on the Hurt Connection track
Title:  NW 514891 crane and cars backing south - west on the Hurt Connection track
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 8:48:37 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Northbound signal bridge at Hurt is about to come down.
Title:  Northbound signal bridge at Hurt is about to come down.
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:43:46 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
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Cables attached to old signal bridge at Hurt.  Sections obviously bolted together.  I saw no sparks.
Title:  Cables attached to old signal bridge at Hurt. Sections obviously bolted together. I saw no sparks.
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 8:59:28 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Signal man observes as signal bridge is eased up out of its supports
Title:  Signal man observes as signal bridge is eased up out of its supports
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:01:49 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
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Old signal bridge at Hurt is clear of its supports
Title:  Old signal bridge at Hurt is clear of its supports
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:03:58 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
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Down to earth comes the old signal bridge at Hurt.
Title:  Down to earth comes the old signal bridge at Hurt.
Description:  These signals are much more modern looking than most up and down the ex- Southern, probably because the track configuration here changed radically when the "Hurt Connection" (track to the far right) was built soon after the 1982 NW/SOU merger to make a smooth interchange possible between the NW (ex-VGN) and the ex-SOU.
Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:05:32 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
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Signal bridge is place out of the way
Title:  Signal bridge is place out of the way
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:10:18 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
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Signal bridge on the ground and out of the way.  Signal gang in the distance prepares the northbound signals for service
Title:  Signal bridge on the ground and out of the way. Signal gang in the distance prepares the northbound signals for service
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:11:36 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
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Grab shot old support and new installation from Bus. 29
Title:  Grab shot old support and new installation from Bus. 29
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:13:42 AM
Location:  Hurt, VA
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Looking across a pond in Gretna at ballast train 92Q dumping ballast on new double track
Title:  Looking across a pond in Gretna at ballast train 92Q dumping ballast on new double track
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:15:55 AM
Location:  Gretna, VA
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Looking north from Taylor's Mill Rd and ballast train 92Q dumping rock
Title:  Looking north from Taylor's Mill Rd and ballast train 92Q dumping rock
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:17:45 AM
Location:  Gretna, VA
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Looking south from Taylor's Mill Rd.  Ballasting yet to be done
Title:  Looking south from Taylor's Mill Rd. Ballasting yet to be done
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:19:46 AM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Dumping ballast at the end of People's Supply Rd. in Gretna
Title:  Dumping ballast at the end of People's Supply Rd. in Gretna
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:22:06 AM
Location:  Gretna, VA
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The scene at Smothers looking north from Galveston Rd.
Title:  The scene at Smothers looking north from Galveston Rd.
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:28:56 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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The scene at the "plant" at Smothers.  This control point will no longer exist once all double tracking is complete.  The former north end of this stretch of single track, Green, was discontinued today.
Title:  The scene at the "plant" at Smothers. This control point will no longer exist once all double tracking is complete. The former north end of this stretch of single track, Green, was discontinued today.
Description:  A new control point, Elba, was established and is currently the south end of double track that begins at Deal. The town of Gretna was once called "Elba" so a nice historical tip of the hat by NS in naming the new CP. ~5 miles of the 10 are in service now.
Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:30:57 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Signal cantilever at Sycamore Creek Rd. shown at beginning of this album five hours later.  All signals in service
Title:  Signal cantilever at Sycamore Creek Rd. shown at beginning of this album five hours later. All signals in service
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:38:44 AM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Back in Lynchburg after my adventure in Pittsylvania County. Shroud of smoke from forest fire in Amherst County looms over the busy Wards Rd. corridor.
Title:  Back in Lynchburg after my adventure in Pittsylvania County. Shroud of smoke from forest fire in Amherst County looms over the busy Wards Rd. corridor.
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Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:50:07 AM
Location:  Lynchburg, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Historical footnote.  News from 1911 describing installation of double track the first time.  In addition to the name Elba, Gretna was once called Franklin Junction, too.
Title:  Historical footnote. News from 1911 describing installation of double track the first time. In addition to the name Elba, Gretna was once called Franklin Junction, too.
Description:  Much double track was removed in the early 1960s when CTC was installed. Gretna history http://www.townofgretna.org/about-the-town/town-history
Photo Date:  11/21/2016  Upload Date: 11/22/2016 9:57:20 AM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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