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N&W No. 605 on turntable - but where?

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N&W No. 605 on turntable - but where?
Posted by 03 1008 on Saturday, August 20, 2022 2:03 AM

The other day this slide was offered on Ebay:

 

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/JGMAAOSwa9dgixPV/s-l1600.jpg

 

Does anybody recognize the location?

 

Best wishes from Germany, Helmut

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, August 20, 2022 7:38 AM

Hello Helmut!

First off, I think I can tell you where it isn't, that's not the N&W's main maintanance facility in Roanoke.

The Class J's, of which 605 was one, typically ran between Norfolk VA and Cincinnati OH, so it could  be in either one of those places.

Also, Class J's also were used on the Southern Railways trains the "Birmingham Special," the "Pelican," and the "Tennessean" between Monroe VA and Bristol TN.

My guess would be either Monroe or Bristol.  Both are somewhat minor locations for N&W locomotives and that roundhouse looks a bit primitive compared to what the N&W normally would have.

Anyway, those are my guesses.  Sorry I can't be more precise.

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Posted by BigJim on Saturday, August 20, 2022 8:32 AM

Looks like Bristol to me.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, August 20, 2022 12:56 PM

Thanks BigJim!  If anyone would know it's you!  

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Posted by 03 1008 on Saturday, August 20, 2022 2:21 PM

Thank you very much indeed, BigJim! At long last I found a (very small) photo of the Bristol roundhouse in Richard E. Prince: Norfolk & Western Railway, p. 96.

 

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Posted by BigJim on Sunday, August 21, 2022 10:14 AM

It is my understanding that the Bristol roundhouse is still standing, but, in need of repair.

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Posted by mvlandsw on Sunday, August 21, 2022 6:44 PM

What is the round sign near the turntable-a warning for the turntable?

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Posted by BigJim on Sunday, August 21, 2022 7:06 PM

It has been a long time since I have seen one, but, it will say "Safety First" on it.

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Posted by Backshop on Monday, August 22, 2022 7:28 AM

BigJim

It is my understanding that the Bristol roundhouse is still standing, but, in need of repair.

 

Google Earth from 10/2019 still shows it.

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