After that it lost much of its charm, although engineer John Mayo still carried a gun in the cab of his ton diesel to shoot rabbits along the right of way. Now the plant at Schuyler has been closed: Soapstone laundry tubs are no longer in style. Reid pg The approximately 16 miles of track of the line are being taken up from Schuyler in Nelson County to Warren in Albemarle.
Trucks now do the work. The status of the railroad station is uncertain. It may wind up as a polling place or other community use. The Search for Steam: a cavalcade of smoky action in steam by the greatest railroad photographers by Joe G. Caption reads: "Once more commonly found in quarries and private industrial yards, where compactness and economy of clearance are at a premium, saddle-tank locomotives were almost never seen on a daily mixed run.
These T's had no tenders and carried their fuel in a coal bunker, which was part of the cab itself, while their water was in tanks folded over the boiler housing for added traction. A pilot and headlight were mounted on the bunker, since the engines were never turned and half the time proceeded backwards.
Asked for a show of smoke while puttering around the sidings of at Esmont, Va. Reid ". Awaiting permission to use scan of cover and 1 page, however original publisher is out of business and no data has been found on locating Richard E.
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The platform at the back of the building along the side track and at each end of the building is a high platform, 8 ft. Box , North Station, Arlington, Virginia ;. Article includes an Owner Index as referenced on cover. Steam Pressure Tractive Force Rigid Wheel Base Total Wheel Base Heating Surface, Tubes Heating Surface, Firebox Heating Surface, Total Grate Area Weight on Drivers Weight, Total Cox self-published.
The car to the right left in photo may be the mysterious open car mentioned in early accounts of the LSR operation. The other cards are Lewis and Fowlers. Page 96 contains the story of Virginia Soapstone Company. The company operated a large quarry, hauling stone to the Southern Railway station at Rockfish along a wagon road built for that purpose between the two points.
In mid, the company decided to electrify its operations. It built a dam on the Rockfish River near the quarry and used the electricity to replace steam power previously used in operating and lighting the quarry. It also built a railroad from Rockfish to Schuyler parallel to the old wagon road and eliminated the need for stone wagons.
The new railroad was powered by electricity. The line was graded and the ties placed in the fall of and the rail and electrical work done during the winter and spring of They were reportedly to be used as freight cars. However, they remained in service as passenger cars and may have been used as locomotives to tow the stone cars to Rockfish. The fate of the fourth car is uncertain but it is liekly that it also went to Schuyler either for parts or for exclusive use as a locomotive.
In , the electric railway was given it's own separate corporate structure as the Schuyler Railway Company. While passenger traffic was only an incidental to its main purpose, it carried over 20, riders in the fiscal year ending 30 June The line was built in but was not electrified. The Schuyler Railway was rebuilt in , shortened slightly and converted from electric to steam operation, probably because the ancient motive power acquired second-hand from Lynchburg was no longer capable of handling the loads and the cost of electrifying the entire line to Guthrie was expensive.
Ridgeway St. On page 13, the next to the last paragraph of the Louis Rubin reported story from February 6, Richmond Times-Dispatch led to the understanding of the combination ticket office-station-general store. Calloway, Jr. Includes two photographs and a combination route map and locator within the outline of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
When viewing this program from the 's era, one hears mention of such towns in middle Virginia as Rockfish, Schuyler, and Alberene.
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The Plymouth was still on the property in , making it the last of the powered units with all diesels transferred out in HI 1 is minus her No. So while it may have eventually been used to provide spare parts, at some point it was a viable and working unit supporting the facility.
Gilbert, published by Gilbert Design, Inc. On Alberene Branch. September view. Marsh, Jr. Edward Lay. C85 v. The story primarily tells of the periodic and most current at the time demise of the soapstone industry. Scarce to impossible to find magazine fortunately found in the VHS archives. A tank engine was in charge of a local freight in The road was dieselized in the s, but had shut down completely by Dixon, Jr. Kline, Jr. Acting Curator. White, Jr. Available from the official distributor for the society, Alden H.
Dreyer alden. Page 50 shows cutaway diagram; page 57 shows photo of 54 of K2 class; page 79 shows disposition. Must read story of Manhattan Railway to gain insight to these 2 locomotives and why they were well suited for use on the quarry railroad. Book Review pg. Groff, published by the author. Box 79, Clifton Forge, VA Groff has done excellent historical research and has developed a cogent, well-written story about the soapstone industry and the people who exploited this resource in Virginia.
Its other end eventually connected with the Southern Railway's main line at Rockfish. It was abandoned in August It is well written, easy to follow, and obviously well researched.
This is a condensed version of a larger work not published by author; locomotive roster on inside rear cover. Out-of-Print and available occaisionally via auction sites: Garth Groff though looking to retire at some point soon works with the University of Virginia and we'd like to see large excerpts be permitted for this site so that others can share in this great historical account Even Lucius Beebe featured it in one of his books, if memory serves correctly.
But hardly a trace remains of the once-bustling backwoods operations. How many other such shortlines were there around the U. And more importantly, how many of these are left? Today's shortline spinoffs may again approach the local color of the past. We are pleased to present this vignette of bygone days by Charlottesville author Garth G. It is shown rebuilt in Farrell, Editor-In-Chief. Segment starting on page 63, "Down South with H. Virginia Railway Depots by Donald R. ISBN The Guthrie to Alberene segment was abandoned in after the quarries played out; the washout of a bridge in between Schuyler and Rockfish was that segment's death knell.
Would have been nice to have a serial number on each of the units that had photographs in the book. Not much of a description, but noteworthy for operations. Amazingly, no commentary on any other engine operations around the quarry or mill. Edward Lay with color photographs by Bill Sublette. Hensley, Jr. Copyright South Carolina as 2 GE 44 ton , Ex-Hamburg, Industries, 2, Ex-Georgia Marble 1, with detail on history but still active in in SC unfortunately, though some exist, there is no photo shown.
The good news is 3 is still operating daily in performance of switching duties. Chapter 5 starts on page Nelson County Viriginia Heritage ; by S. Caption reads: "Nelson-Albemarle train, Hauled workers, school children and soapstone. Kerr; ISBN: ;. AV available from ChessieShop. Chapter 4: Virginia Creepers the Old Dominion pg ; pgs. The train tracks are a spur of the Nelson and Albemarle Railroad, named for the two counties through which it passed.
To the left is the train station. The line had shut down by the mid-twentieth century". Index at front of book provides accurate information by railway. There is a collection of photos provided but only a select set of ones. Best collection of accurate data and Tom Lawson is to be commended for the efforts that went into this compilation. Alberene Soapstone; a history in photographs by Kierk Ashmore-Sorensen krasbooks ; available from on-demand book publisher, Blurb, with photo history of the Alberene Soapstone Company from the 's and 's which primarily appear to be all Schuyler.
Even better, page 9 has a photo looking southward from the Schuyler quarries with a view of a 'critter' that may be the Plymouth Model DLC, Type 6 gasoline powered unit that previously looked to have no photographs. The configuration of this unit looks to have a cab with operations being what would normally be called rear-facing and with a dump body over top of the engine compartment. A blow up of this view is being made but looking to see the original negative if possible to get a better view.
Just a few photos in a thin book, but worth the softcover pricing. I might even buy a second book to frame some of the photos in my train room. Available from Schifferbooks. Alberene, Virginia is featured on two pages same postcard ; see Page 10 for a small view of the card, and page - The Virginia Soapstone Company's Works, Alberene, Virginia. The top view of the company shows the Line of the N.
Railway in the far right corner. The mine opened in ; the Virginia Soapstone Company ran it from In , it was reported that the about four hundred workers were employed here in the manufacture of cleaning tubs, sinks, etc. A searchable 2 DVD set that must be loaded onto your computer, but once there and accessbile by the desktop icon, let's you see the covers of all 70 years included on the discs.
More than 60, pages but search feature does NOT capture every instance of wording in text and ads as one was found in Volume 10, Number 9 from July where the railroad name is mentioned in a caption, but not found by search engine. Griffin, Jr. It was abandoned from Guthrie to Alberene in and the balance to Warren in the s.
TLC Collection. Crozet Gazette August issue is attached at bottom of this section. An employee timetable for Warren to Esmont is shown for the Alberene Subdivision from as a station list. Serving the needs of quarry operations in nearby Schuyler of Walton's Mountain fame , the Nelson and Albemarle meandered its way west to the community of Rockfish where it also interchanged traffic with the Southern Railway.
Part of the old grade of the Nelson and Albemarle remains readily visible in several places from Virginia Route 6. Page 37 contains information on the Alberene Sub-Division include distance from Ft. Monroe, Station No. For example, Warren, Virginia at Monroe, Station J6, Code Originally built by the Vulcan Locomotive Works in October , the engine was known by the Vulcan number ''.
This diminutive 'Saddletank' named for the water supply tank straddling the boiler engine was constructed for the Old Dominion Soapstone Corporation at Damon, Virginia as their No. When Old Dominion Soapstone was merged into the Virginia Alberene Corporation in February , the little locomotive retained it's number '2' and continued on in service until December 1, In April , Virginia Alberene Corp.
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They stay just close enough to take advantage of their enemies mistakes, but are always just out of reach. When they must move into Zone 2, they do so with such explosive power that their opponents can only react to them, and then they pass back out of Zone 2 before there is any chance for their enemies to recover and counter attack. In that way, they remain in control of the initiative and therefore of the fight. So how does this apply to writing a realistic sword fight? Your intelligent characters will need to be intensely aware of these zones and they will act different during the fight depending on what zone they happen to find themselves in.
Anyway, those are some thoughts for the week. Let me know what your thoughts on it are. Have you ever even tried to take distance into account in your own writing? What are some other bad and good examples you might have come across? That is especially true of swords that kill primarily by thrusting. This also points to the difference your equipment can make. If your sword is longer than your opponents and you can handle it well, you have the advantage…enter some of the stories concerning Musashi Myamoto. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Skip to content This is number three in a continuing series where I offer insights for writing scenes involving swordplay gleaned from my ten years off and on of studying An example of an engagement in Zone 2. Each fighter can easily attack the other.
Neither can stay in Zone 2 without being exposed. Zones of Attack and Defense in Kendo.
Yes, that's a "red zone" for all you football fans. There are various ways of accomplishing this—backpedaling away when attacked, moving to one side of the other and allowing an opponent to pass, thrusting a sword out in front as a way of keeping their opponent back. After all, they might always miss a block. From the perspective of kendo, it is generally a safe zone since it is almost impossible An example of a Zone 3 engagement.
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Daggers, wakisashis, pommels, fists, knees, elbows, etc. In fact, if your characters enter Zone 3, they should already be making plans to get back out of it or be ready to abandon their long swords in favor of something more appropriate. One of the biggest mistakes they could make would be to cling to their swords in Zone 3 when facing an enemy armed with daggers. Second, any use of a sword in these close quarters should take leverage or the lack thereof into account.