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This Month's Article - May/June 2018
Tales of Rockfish - Part 2 (Rockfish Depot)

If you could slip back in time to a point where there were few, if any, automobiles and you were living in a small, country village off the beaten path alongside a rail line (the life blood of communities around the turn of the 19th century), that period in time could best describe the Rockfish Depot along the Southern Railway.  Those early days of the last century were difficult days for the people in Nelson and nearby Albemarle County.  A primary occupation was farming and the nearby quarries of the soapstone works at Schuyler.  The center of the community was the railroad and the businesses that sprang up around the depot. 
This section of railway began life as part of the Orange & Alexandria Railway (formed by charter in the late 1840's)  which would merge into the newly-created Southern Railway system in 1894 after a tumultuous previous twenty-four years of evolution.  Names changed from the Orange & Alexandria Railway to the Orange, Alexandria and Manassas Railroad before entering into bankruptcy and emerging as Virginia Midland but being controlled by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.  The Virginia Midland would become part of the Richmond & Danville (while retaining the Virginia Midland name) until the merger into the Southern RR).   While life in the country setting revolved around either work or the enjoyment of leisure time activity, working at the Soapstone Works could not have been considered an easy life.  Drilling and cutting stone blocks out of the quarries was a labor-intensive effort aided by some mechanical tools, but outdoors regardless of the weather.  Indoors (without any air conditioning as we know it today) was hot in the summertime and while there were large fans, working in the Gang Saw building (as my Father did in the early 1940 time period) or in the mill, drilling and assembling wash tubs, could not be considered comfortable.  Rockfish depot was the outside world - let in on occasion whenever the train arrived.  Mail, packages, friends, relatives all came to Rockfish Depot via the train.  As was mentioned in a previous article (written in September/October 2014), the first trains connecting the Soapstone Works to Rockfish Depot were trolleys purchased secondhand from the Lynchburg Street Railway System - their original first trolleys and in definite secondhand condition.
 
This connection would be updated quickly once the merger of Virginia Soapstone Works and Albemarle Soapstone Works completed and with the creation of the Nelson & Albemarle Railway to service the rail needs of the combined company. 
In Archie Robertson's 1945 book, Slow Train to Yesterday, he mentioned how the Southern Railway was served at Rockfish Depot by the Nelson & Albemarle Railway crew using 'poling' to push boxcars into place on an adjacent track.  *  Around the depot opportunity flourished.  Some of the nearby buildings included a mechanic (more than likely handling anything mechanical such as a tractor, farm implement, or automobile), a general store (unfortunately having burned down during the 1960's), the post office (still standing since moving from the depot in about 1914), and, in deference to work or leisure, a church.  This was a tight-knit little area of businesses supporting the people of the area and any travelers coming off of the North-South line of the Southern Railway as well as any going east (or arriving) by the
Nelson & Albemarle Railway mixed use train to Schuyler, Esmont, or Alberene.  Sadly, the depot itself is long gone with the last available photograph taken about 1957 though recently a photograph was found with no date of the Rockfish depot covered in snow.  The few photographs of the area (two used for postcards and shown here again as in the previous article of Rockfish) depict a medium size station with facilities to handle freight and passengers easily.  In an unusual twist, two brothers, including one who worked for the Southern Railway, purchased the materials of the Rockfish Depot to use as a 'family hunting cabin' around 1960.  They disassembled the station, reconstructing it as a the 'Rockfish Cabin' with stone added.  It's new location, on Braley Pond Road in West Augusta, Virginia, became a rental and most recently was know as 'The Rustic Moose'.  Sadly, the cabin the Lohr family completed around 1963, with it's rustic look and stone from nearby streams, is no longer available to rent.  Although no longer looking like the depot with it's waiting room facing the tracks, the reconstruction of the depot as a family cabin recycled what might have ended up in a landfill had nature taken it's course on a no longer used station. * Rockfish today, consists solely of the Post Office and nearby homes.  Gone is the small business community and the depot itself.  Visitors to the nearby Walton's Mountain Museum on Rockfish River Road sometimes stop at Rockfish to see what remains of the area, but finding your way to Rockfish by car is much more complicated.   

Send email to NelsonAlbemarle@comcast.net if you have any comments or questions or wish to contribute to future articlesWe continue to look for diagrams of the railway track at Rockfish for our Nelson & Albemarle Railway map.  If you have something to share, please write to us at the email address above.


The
N&A Roster is presented here for reference:

** Note:  Updates noted in BLUE typeface

The Nelson & Albemarle Railway Roster
2018 Update
 
This is the 2018 update of information on the Nelson & Albemarle Railway equipment and includes steam, diesel, and motor-car information.  If you have additional information on the roster, or have a previously unknown photograph of any equipment, please write to NelsonAlbemarle@comcast.net and share your data. We are especially looking for data on the first #2 and #3; engine #8 and the Fairbanks-Morse motor car (velocipede).

"Since C. E. Fisher first compiled a two-page document chronicling the motive power of the Nelson & Albemarle Railway in the 1940's, there have been 4 published collections of data that provided detail on the equipment used by the soapstone companies that was leased or provided to the Nelson & Albemarle Railway for it's use.  C. E. Fisher's roster is held in the Youngstown State University (Ohio) Archives Library in the Lester L. Dickson Collection and is a minor part of C. E. Fisher's lifes work.  He was author of such books as The Early Railroads of Kentucky, The McConnell Locomotives, and The United States Military Railroads."

 
Nelson & Albemarle Railway Roster
Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
Schuyler Railway Trolley N/A --- Lewis & Fowler 1891 Unknown 1899-1905

Three (3) Lewis & Fowler single truck, open platform trolley cars purchased secondhand from Lynchburg Street Railway.  Originally built with Eickemeyer trucks (jack shafts and side rods) there were 6 cars purchased from the manufacturer in Brooklyn, New York and received starting 3 March 1891 and ending 5 May 1891 as the Lynchburg Street Railway's first trolleys.  Schuyler Railway purchased and received them in summer/fall 1899 with Maguire #20 trucks and Westinghouse motors that had been retrofitted in May 1892.  Though the Lynchburg Street Railway had tried a different version of the Eickemeyer trucks, they were no more successful than the original and were discarded in favor of the change out to Maguire trucks and Westinghouse motors.  A fourth trolley may also have been purchased to use for parts (or as noted in Hill City Trolleys by Harold E. Cox. this may have been used solely as locomotive). Noted in soapstone company memorandums, one car had all seats removed for use as locomotive.  Two remaining trolley had some seats removed to provide mixed train service.  Three non-powered freight cars were also noted as owned.  It is significant to note that while at a reunion of sorts, Thomas Drumheller reported that some of the trolley cars came from trolley systems in Washington and Baltimore though no documents have been found to support that recollection.

* Photograph in Hill Street Trolleys by Harold E. Cox in NEARHS colletion of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.  Copyright Protected - Permission requested to use.

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
Alberene Railroad C&O         Equipment --- --- --- --- --- 1897-1903

Leased by the C&O immediately upon completion on 13 July 1897 for five years as their Alberene Branch, the line was subsequently purchased by the C&O on 15 February 1902.  All equipment used on the line was C&O power.  Albemarle Soapstone Company likely had own small locomotive (ST) to manage quarry operations moving soapstone to mill.  Typical motive power on branch lines by this time were the Consolidations (2-8-0) and a C&O roster is available for locomotives that were purchased and in use from 1890 through 1901 and likely available to use on branch lines.

* Digital photo of the Roundhouse model 84773 Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive 2-6-0 #425 typical of the era (though paint scheme more likely black) and typical type used on branch lines from photograph of model in the NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
1 (1st) 0-4-0T 7x12 28" Porter May 1887 836 1903-1920

Former Richmond City Railway #1 "Belle" an 0-4-0DY based on Vulcan catalogue style, "Lake Side"; subsequently sold to SI&E in 1920 as #1599; thence to Pierce-Williams (Fruit Basket Company) in Jonesboro, Arkansas on 17 April 1924.  Only known photograph available in Smithsonian Institution, Negative #893603, Frame 42077.

* Photo Print on heavy photo paper from NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
2 (1st) Unknown --- --- --- --- --- 1903-1920
Likely small 0-4-0T unit serving quarry operations at either Alberene or Schuyler.  No confirmed record of this locomotive has been found as of 1/1/18. 

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
3 (1st) Unknown --- --- --- --- --- 1903-1920
Likely small 0-4-0T unit serving quarry operations at either Alberene or Schuyler.  No record of this locomotive has been found as of 1/1/18.
Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
4 2-6-2T 14x20 --- Porter Dec 1904 3107 1904-1924
Built by Porter in December 1904, the first NEW locomotive for Nelson & Albemarle Railway provided mainline power for 19 years and was subsequently sold to SI&E in 1924 as their #1939.  From there it was sold to the Batesville & Southwestern on 13 September 1924 as an 0-6-0 with 8 wheel tender becoming B&SW #11 in Batesville, Mississippi.  The locomotive was resold to SI&E as #2483 for scrap in 1942.

* Photo courtesy of David Price collection with permission provided for use.  View as seen at Southern Iron & Equipment before conversion to 0-6-0 with tender.  Print now in NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.


Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
5 0-4-4T 12x16 42" Pittsburgh Jan 1894 1510 1905-1924

Former Manhattan Ry. 2nd #60; Class K-2, engine weight 47000#, weight on drivers 33000#, wheel base 16', 1"; number of tubes=14, heating surface 546sf; boiler diameter 42" with Belpaire firebox; water capacity 512g; built 10 January 1894; (20 total locomotives built in this series). Noted to have vacuum brakes.  To Virginia Alberene Corp. via P. McManus, Cape Charles, Virginia (dealer).  Sold to Virginia Soapstone, 6 March 1905.; reportedly resold to P. McManus around 1920 though no documentation found to support the resale.  Commonly referred to as a Forney-type locomotive.

* Photograph is from Collection of New York Transit Museum Archives (see copyright restriction embedded in thumbnail image) from NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia. Courtesy of the New York Transit Museum Archives.  "This image cannot be reproduced without the written permission of the New York Transit Museum Archives."  Please do not copy or infringe on these rights. Copies are available from the New York Transit Museum Archives via their websitehttp://www.mta.info/mta/museum/archiveguid.html

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
6 0-4-4T 12x16 42" Pittsburgh Dec 1893 1508 1905-1924
Former Manhattan Ry. 2nd #56; Class K-2, engine weight 47000#, weight on drivers 33000#, wheel base 16', 1"; number of tubes=14, heating surface 546sf; boiler diameter 42" with Belpaire firebox; water capacity 512g, built 22 December 1893; (20 total locomotives built in this series). Noted to have vacuum brakes. To Virginia Alberene Corp. via P. McManus, Cape Charles, Virginia (dealer); Sold to Virginia Soapstone, 19 May 1905.;  reportedly resold to P. McManus around 1920 though no documentation found to support the resale.  Commonly referred to as a Forney-type locomotive.

* See photograph from N&A #5 above (note restrictions from copyright and see the New York Transit Museum Archives at their website:  http://www.mta.info/mta/museum/archiveguid.html 



Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
7 2-4-2T 8x12 26" Baldwin Nov 1887 8874 1905-1920

Ex-Proctor Coal Company #1, "Hutchcraft"; Used as primary locomotive on Schuyler to Rockfish run; sold to SI&E in May 1920 as their #1597.  thence to A. F. Langford Co. #2  Bartey, Florida on 23 September 1920 with cylinders changed to 17x24.  Original Photo in Smithsonian Institution, Negative #893602 - Frame #42076.  The photograph that has been requested for permission to use is now from the R. C. Ballard Thruston Collection of the Filson Historical Society Special Collections Library at the University of Kentucky.  This was likely photographed when the locomotive was newly acquired from Baldwin Locomotive Works.  Note the lettering under the cab, "Hutchcraft".

*  Original photo in use was of photographic print "Nelson & Albemarle Railway Baldwin 2-4-2 Tank Locomotive", circa 1920, Thomas Norrell Railroad Collection, NMAH.AC.1174, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number 80, folder 17, digital file number 893602/42076 from NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.  In 2017, we have received permission to use the photograph now shown providing credit to the R. C. Ballard Thruston Collection of the Filson Historical Society Special Collections Library at the University of Kentucky.  The high-resolution image was used for the topic of the April 2017 This Month's Article on this Baldwin-built locomotive when first in service at the Proctor Coal Company.

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
8 Unknown --- --- --- --- --- 1905-1920

Remembered by 'old-timers' as having a tender; however no known photographs or references.  Except, the Virginia Alberene Corporation stock certificate (blank) has a soapstone train depicted with a small locomotive with tender which could have been #8.  Stock certificate noted has preprinted 192_ referencing that the issue would be during that decade and likely after locomotive #8 was scrapped.  Personal Note:  The use of the steam locomotive with tender on stock certificate looks to be a Forney locomotive but with a tender providing water for continual use.  However, this view does not have a smoke stack of the height of the #5 or #6 locomotives.  This could be a third locomotive purchased from former-Manhattan Railway surplus, but there is no record or documentation as to that effect. And it should also be noted that some switching locomotives sold by the Baldwin Locomotive Works included separate tenders to extend the operational capacity of the locomotive when access to clean water was not always available. 
However, Virginia Alberene purchased a Vulcan locomotive secondhand originally built for W. A. Douglas & Co. as Vulcan construction number 138 in June 1883.   Having 9x14" cylinders and no other defining characteristics noted with exception of gauge being 36".   There is no record of this locomotive being a tank engine or having a tender, but most of the locomotives built in this sequence by Vulcan were tank engines.  Note that Virginia Alberene was formed about 1916 at or near time of purchase of the Old Dominion Soapstone Company.

* Image taken from Virginia Alberene stock certificate blank in NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
"Maude" 4-whl  "Sheffield" Velocipede --- --- Fairbanks-Morse Company Unknown --- 1903~05-Unknown

A unit purchased through Fairbanks-Morse, a Sheffield Velocipede, (though term velocipede had been changed to 'Sheffield Car') was used in early days of N&A for the personal service of the general manager and executives though frequently allowed to be used for other purposes.  Purchased by J. W. Foster of the N&A Railway several years before 1910 (Reference:  Memo to Fairbanks Morse in 1910 where the unit is called 'Maude').  Note:  Sheffield Velocipedes had model names that all started with the letter "M" including "Maude", though no catalog has been found with the specific model mentioned.  There was continued search for this in several higher education libraries (Vanderbilt University, Southern Methodist University, etc.) during 2017 and only possible lead on this unit was a photo book of F-M Velocipedes priced at over $2500 that will not be purchased to see if "Maude" has a photograph included.  The search for an illustration of "Maud" or "Maude" continues with the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution in 2018.  Calls to Fairbanks-Morse Engines in Beloit, Wisconsin did not yield results even though this is a descendant from the original company (Wheeling Eclipse Windmills).

* Photograph from public domain copy of Fairbanks-Morse catalog circa 1905.  No.2 is Code Word, Minturn while Code Word Maude is another model though similar to this depiction from the NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
1 (2nd) 0-4-0T 7x12 24" Vulcan Jun 1905 675 1916-1920

Old Dominion Soapstone Company was merged into the Virginia Alberene Corporation in February 1917 and their locomotives became part of the soapstone companies operations though on separate properties. Built for Old Dominion Soapstone of Esmont, Virginia as "Vulcan".  Company headquartered at Damon, Virginia at time of merger. Sold by the Nelson & Albemarle Railway to Southern Iron & Equipment in 1920 as SI&E #1600.  There was no record of resale from SI&E.  Photo in Smithsonian Institution, Negative #893604 - Frame #42078.

*  The image in use is a copy of a photographic print "Nelson & Albemarle Railway Vulcan 0-4-0 Tank Locomotive", circa 1920, Thomas Norrell Railroad Collection, NMAH.AC.1174, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number 80, folder 17, digital file number 893604/42078 from NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.


Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
2 (2nd) 0-4-0T 11x16 30" Vulcan Oct 1909 1436 1916-1942

Old Dominion Soapstone Company was merged into the Virginia Alberene Corporation in February 1917 and their locomotives became part of the soapstone companies operations though on separate properties. Built for Old Dominion Soapstone on 4 October 1909, the locomotive had service weight of 41,000#, tank capacity of 750 gallons, Fuel capacity of 500#; a working pressure of 145# and rated tractive effort of 9050# and an oil headlamp.  Company headquartered at Damon, Virginia at time of merger.  Received new boiler in June 1926.  Continued in service until 1 December 1931 noted as out-of-service on the quarry property.  Virginia Alberene merged with Alberene Stone Corporation in April 1935 with no change to numbering or out-of-service status of locomotive except added to the Nelson & Albemarle Railway roster.  Though noted as sold to American Cyanimid in 1942, records from the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway held by the Whippany Railway Museum confirm that the locomotive was sold to the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway in June 1942 for $600 as their first #4 where it was used for a year and a half hauling ballast trains as the railroad upgraded its roadbed to accommodate  increase of traffic from aplite plants and Southern Mineral Products facility.  Noted historian, Tom Lawson, Jr. (author of Locomotives of the SI&E Company) received detail from Alan Maples in 2014 that showed that VBR had shipper, American Cyanimid at Piney River pay for work on the locomotive and they did not have an ownership stake in the engine.  The Virginia Blue Ridge sold the locomotive when no longer needed to Leas & McVitty, Inc. a tanning extract manufacturer in Buena Vista, Virginia on 22 December 1943 for $2500.  Taken out of service in the late-1950's, the locomotive was sold to Charles Watson in 1962 who displayed locomotive in front of a motel in Marion, Virginia (with the saddle tank removed).  Purchased later by Will Harris of North Fork Lumber Company of Goshen, Virginia where the locomotive remains in static condition on siding (next to a Shay) in private collection and viewable on request.  This is the only remaining Nelson & Albemarle Railway rostered-locomotive not scrapped.

* Photograph part of misc. set of photo prints purchased from dealer at Railroad Memorabilia show at Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, Illinois with no identified photographer and now part of NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
9 2-6-2T 17x24 46" Vulcan Apr 1920 3045 1920-1952

Vulcan built the next new locomotives for the Nelson & Albemarle Railway 15 years after #4 was purchased from Porter.  2-6-2ST #9 was purchased by Virginia Alberene Corporation and delivered to Schuyler, Virginia in 1920 weighing 74 tons (148,000#).  The locomotive became the primary mainline engine from delivery until replaced in the 3rd (and last) set of new locomotives with GE 44-ton diesel #1 taking over in 1951, 30 years after #9 arrived.  #9 would be sent for scrap in April 1951 with scrapping likely occurring in Richmond, Virginia at Peck Iron & Metals (though actually at Deepwater Terminal where C&O, SAL, ACL locomotives were scrapped in long lines of processing that put the scrap metal on ships for eventual export).

* Photograph from unknown photographer with negative in the NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
10 2-6-2T 15x24 42" Vulcan Dec 1922 3278 1922-1953

Built for the Nelson & Albemarle Railway as 2-6-2ST #10 two years after #9 was built, this slightly smaller tank locomotive was purchased by Virginia Alberene Corporation and delivered to Rockfish, Virginia weighing 56 tons (112,000#).  Used for traffic between Schuyler and Rockfish and also as the secondary locomotive for mainline between Schuyler and Esmont/Warren whenever #9 was out of service.  With the arrival of GE-35 ton diesel #2 in late 1952, #10 would be scrapped in 1953 with scrapping likely occurring in Richmond, Virginia at Peck Iron & Metals (though actually at Deepwater Terminal where C&O, SAL, ACL locomotives were scrapped in long lines of processing that put the scrap metal on ships for eventual export).

* Photograph is W. H. Thayer picture postcard from NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.  A negative of this photograph is also in the NEARHS collection.

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
11 2-4-2T 14x22 40" Vulcan Oct 1909 1381 1923-1954

Built for Culver & Port Clinton Railroad, Gypsum, Ohio as their #2, this Vulcan-built locomotive weighed 43 tons (86,000#) and served a mining industry (Gypsum) in much the way locomotives served the Nelson & Albemarle Railway support for the soapstone works.  #2 was said to have received a new boiler (#2929) in July 1916.  Due to an as yet unknown reason, #2 was at the Vulcan shops at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania before being sold to Nelson & Albemarle Ry in March 1923 (noted as going to N&A in April 1923).  Another new boiler was noted as installed in 1927 (though shown places as same boiler #2929 from 1916).  While said to have been scrapped in 1954, there is a known photograph from 1951 with #11 in Warren where the locomotive was usually operating only in Schuyler (likely meaning that both #9 and #10 were out of service and #11 was the only available engine before GE 44-ton #1 arrived) .  With diesel power replacing #9 as the mainline locomotive, #11 would be the last active steam survivor on the N&A with scrapping taking place in 1954.  Like #9 and #10, #11 may have traveled via the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway into Richmond, Virginia to be transferred onto the Seaboard Air Line Railway at C&O's 17th Street rail yard (next to the former Richmond Locomotive Works) for transport to Peck Iron & Metal (at Deepwater Terminal) where the locomotive would have been cut up by torch for scrap metal that was then loaded onto ships.

* Photograph is an unknown photographer print from photo taken on 20 August 1941 from NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.  N&A #14 is also shown in photo (and photo from opposite direction is also in the NEARHS collection).

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
12 0-4-0T 12x18 33" Vulcan Feb 1924 3426 1924-1953

During the boom years in the early 1920's, Virginia Alberene Corporation purchased additional motive power from Vulcan including 0-4-0T #12 which as delivered to Rockfish, Virginia weighing 30 tons (60,000#).  Like the remainder of steamers, diesel power would cause #12 to be scrapped 1953 once GE 25-ton #3 was delivered early in the year. Scrapping likely occurred in Richmond, Virginia at Peck Iron & Metals (though actually at Deepwater Terminal where C&O, SAL, ACL locomotives were scrapped in long lines of processing that put the scrap metal on ships for eventual export).

* Photograph is an H. Reid picture postcard from NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
Not Named or Numbered 4 wheel - gas powered --- --- Plymouth (Fate-Root-Heath Company) Oct 1924 1860 1924-1963

Puchased by Phoenix Stone Company of New York City for delivery to Standard Soapstone of Arrington, Virginia as 42" gauge locomotive, this gas-powered, 4-wheel unit was built 13 October 1924 as Model DLC, Type 6.  When soapstone companies merged, the ownership was transferred to the Virginia Alberene Corporation on 18 December 1930 and converted to Standard Gauge at some point.  A single photo of tracks by a quarry appear to show the unit at Schuyler, however, the photo may actually be of a side-dump ballast car that the N&A owned.   According to an article by Ed Fielding in The Short Line: The Journal of Shortline & Industrial Railroads in January/February 1978 (Volume 6, Number 1; TSL #31), this Plymouth unit (un-numbered) was in the engine house at Schuyler in 1965 making it the last of the roster to be present on the original property.

* Photo from NEARHS collection of prints.


Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
14 0-4-0T 12x18 33" Vulcan Feb 1925 3507 1925-1953

Built in February 1925 (though shown some places as built in 1926) this Vulcan 0-4-0T was purchased by the Virginia Alberene Corporation as Nelson & Albemarle #14 delivered to Schuyler, Virginia weighing 30 tons (60,000#) and a basic duplicate of N&A 0-4-0T #12.  Scrapped 1953 as #12 was, the scrapping likely occurred in Richmond, Virginia at Peck Iron & Metals (though actually at Deepwater Terminal where C&O, SAL, ACL locomotives were scrapped in long lines of processing that put the scrap metal on ships for eventual export).

* Photograph is an unknown photographer's picture postcard from NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
15 0-4-0T 12x16 33" Vulcan Jan 1917 2590 1928-1953
Originally built for the Chile Exploration Company, weighing 26 tons (52,000#), the company never took delivery of the engine.  It was sold to the Rhodes Construction Company.  On March 7, 1928, the locomotive was then sold to the Virginia Alberene Company.  Used on their subsidiary, Alberoyd Company of Esmont, Virginia as their #1, it was assigned to the crusher plant at Damon where it would remain until the crusher plant was moved to Schuyler and the locomotive followed (becoming #15).  Disposition unknown but assumed scrapped around 1953 along with #12 and #14. Scrapping likely occurred in Richmond, Virginia at Peck Iron & Metals (though actually at Deepwater Terminal where C&O, SAL, ACL locomotives were scrapped in long lines of processing that put the scrap metal on ships for eventual export).  Note that the Richmond Deepwater Terminal where Peck Iron & Metals were located nearby was serviced by the Seaboard Air Line Railway and traffic destined for scrapping arriving from the C&O made interchange to the SAL from the adjacent C&O 17th Street yard in Richmond.

Note:  Previously, the only known photograph of N&A Railway #15 was the copy of the original builder's photograph found within a copyrighted book.  While this was originally reported to be in the Library of Congress (see This Month's Article - March 2016) it was recently found at the Smithsonian Institution archives where their Department of Transportation moved the entire Southern Iron & Equipment collection including photographs circa 1903-1960 between departments in 1989.
Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
1 (3rd) B-B --- --- GE Dec 1950 30856 1951-1963

GE 44-ton B-B Diesel c/n 30856 was built in December 1950 for the Nelson & Albemarle Railway #1 (the third #1) on requisition #RIC-29947 555/733/D-17000 and was rated at 44-tons and 400hp.  It was shipped to the N&A on 9 January 1951.  (The D-17000 is technically rated as 2, Caterpillar V-8 diesel engines at-180hp each plus 2-134kw motors though listed as 400hp for this unit).  This diesel replaced 2-6-2T #9 as the mainline engine until the end of the N&A line when shutdown in 1963.  Officially transferred to Georgia Marble ownership in 1963, the diesel was moved to Tate, Georgia.  After some time, the diesel was sent to Gantt's Quarry in Alabama, then sold to Industrial Maintenance (Service) Co. in 1976 but never sent to their property before being sold to Hamburg Industries of North Augusta, South Carolina (Hamburg Industries was later purchased by TTX).  The diesel did get painted in a Hamburg Industries color scheme and numbered as their #2.  (Photograph in Hamburg Industries color scheme exists but no permission to use at this time).  Last known photograph taken 30 July 1982 by Mac Connery of Durham, North Carolina.  When TTX planned a re-engine project, 30856 was not selected for upgrades.  Instead, #2 was used as spare parts for the remaining 44-ton units on the property, stored for a short time on the west side of the TTX property until eventually scrapped with Progress Rail (possibly as a trade-in for another 44-ton unit).  Noted as scrapped at Patterson, Georgia, but Progress Rail reports that any unit sent for scrapping would have been forwarded to Mayfield, Kentucky.  The detail on how TTX handled the disposition and scrapping of former N&A #1 (Hamburg Industries #2) was relayed verbally while visiting the TTX facility in North August, South Carolina.

* Photograph is from Photographer, Charles Wales (slide) taken on 30 October 1953 near Esmont, Virginia and is original slide from the NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
2 (3rd) B --- --- GE Nov 1952 31768 1952-1963

GE 35-ton B Diesel c/n 31768 (rare unit) was built in November 1952 for Alberene Stone Corp. as Nelson & Albemarle #2 (third #2) on requisition #RIC-49116-2 558/733/NHBIS and was rated at 35-tons and 234hp.  It was shipped to Alberene Stone Company on 5 December 1952.  Diesel #2 replaced multiple steam locomotives used in quarry operations and was in service until the end of the N&A line when shutdown in 1963.  Officially transferred to Georgia Marble ownership in 1963, the diesel was sent to Alabama Marble Division, Gantt's Quarry, as Alabama Marble #2 in Sylacauga, Alabama (repainted into Georgia Marble colors at some point) and served the Imerys Pigment Plant (merger activity of Georgia Marble).  Last know photographed in 2005.  Confirmed scrapped for metal in 2009 or 2010 by security personnel at Gantt's Quarry on August 26, 2015 while onsite in Sylacauga, Alabama.  Unit was rusted out badly and no longer able to perform workload.  Working to confirm what company scrapped the diesel with Abel Mendoza, Imerys rail operations manager in Georgia.

* Top photograph is from an original negative owned and in the NEARHS collection of #2 when still new on the Nelson & Albemarle Railway in 1953 at Schuyler, Virginia.  The original photograph shown at the bottom was taken by Tom Lawson, Jr. on 8 June 1963 at Gantt's Quarry Alabama and is from a picture postcard in the NEARHS collection of N&A Railway memorabilia..

You might remember that Tom Lawson is the author of "Locomotives of the Southern Iron & Equipment Company" available from Cabbage Stack Publishing in Birmingham, Alabama 35219 (P.O. Box 19912) for $49.95. Go to this webpage to complete form and forward for purchase:  http://www.cabbagestkpub.ns2.atspace.com/sieform.html   If you haven't bought "Locomotives of the Southern Iron & Equipment Company" yet, don't delay!  The book is an invaluable resource to anyone working to find locomotive history such as that of the N&A Railway. 

Number Type Cylinders Drivers Builder Built C/N or S/N Year Range
3 (2nd) B --- --- GE Jan 1953 31778 1953-1963

GE 25-ton B Diesel c/n 31778 was built in January 1953 for Alberene Stone Corp. as Nelson & Albemarle #3 (second #3) on requisition #RIC-49116-3 1503/747/HBI and was rated at 25-tons and 150hp.  It was shipped to Alberene Stone Company on 6 February 1953.  Diesel #3 replaced  steam locomotives used in quarry operations and was in service until the end of the N&A line when shutdown in 1963.  Officially transferred to Georgia Marble ownership in 1963, this small diesel was sent to Nelson, Georgia where it remained stored out-of-service for quite some time.  Lewis Rhodes of Railrhodes, Inc. of Monroe, Georgia acquired the diesel and in 2002 made the sale of the 25-ton diesel to Great Lakes Calcium company in Woodville, Ohio.  In 2004, GLC Woodville site was sold to the National Lime & Stone company who almost immediately closed the Woodville Plant.  Conversation with NL&S found that no 25-ton unit was involved in the takeover of the Woodville Plant facility or movement of materials to NL&S's main site in Carey, OH.  While thought to be scrapped prior to 2004, there was a comment mentioned by NL&S that #3 may have been involved in a wreck at the Woodville Plant property and might have been shipped to GLC's Green Bay, Wisconsin facility.  With no additional sightings since 2003, unconfirmed photos of a GE 25-ton unit appeared in mid-2008 taken by Michael Ostertag (and posted on rrpicturesarchive.net) on 14 June 2008 that appeared to be GE c/n 31778.  Then in late-2013 photographs were taken describing the location as Great Lakes Calcium in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Great Lakes Calcium in Green Bay was contacted by phone and they advised on 14 February 2014, that the unit is in use daily to move cars and is indeed GE c/n 31778.  There are at least 2 photographs on Flickr from photographer Kim Kafura of the Green Bay engine taken in late-2013 and he has granted permission to use his image(s) here (shown at bottom).  During 2015, this last remaining diesel was visited in Green Bay, Wisconsin and opportunity was provided to not only ride in the diesel but also pilot the locomotive on the Great Lakes Calcium site (under guidance of a licensed engineer!) and photographs of this experience have been shared in a This Month's Article during 2017.

* Top photograph is from an original negative owned and in the NEARHS collection of #3 when still new on the Nelson & Albemarle Railway in 1953 at Schuyler, Virginia quarries.  The bottom photograph was provided by Kim Kafura to the NEARHS collection of Nelson & Albemarle Railway memorabilia.  Thanks also go to Tom Lawson, Jr. for additional historical and personal detail on 31778 that was previously unknown and fills a large gap of the missing story.  Tom knew Lewis Rhodes of Railrhodes, Inc. when they were both with Republic Locomotive Works in the early 1980's.  Tom tried to purchase 31778 (d/b/a Locomotive Marketing, Inc.), but Railrhodes, Inc. won out.

Remember:  31778 started life in Erie, PENNSYLVANIA; then went to Schuyler, VIRGINIA; from there to Nelson, GEORGIA; and on to Woodville, OHIO before appearing in Green Bay, WISCONSIN.  64 years old and lived in 5 different states!

Reference:  All photographs are available from sources as noted with each picture used in the article.

Send email to NelsonAlbemarle@comcast.net if you have any comments or questions or wish to contribute to future articles.

If you're wondering about our Nelson & Albemarle Railway Book, yes, it's still being prepared (albeit slowly).  Chapters 1, 2, and 3 are done; Chapters 4, 5 are being re-written; Chapters 6, 7, and 10 are done; Chapters 8, 8A, & 8B are yet to be written with expectation that they will not be done until late-2018; Chapter 9, a compilation of articles from the This Month's Article series on Photographers of the N&A, is done; Chapter 11 is being re-written; It is a long-drawn out process to prepare a book of any nature, but this one is also being formatted as both an internet-based book and publication in a soft-cover fashion.

Cover - Photo of #9 with boxcar and combine from California Railroad Museum (a Charles Clegg photograph from the Mixed Train Daily series)
Inside - Detailed map of Nelson & Albemarle (to be prepared from multiple sources including plats, valuation maps, diagrams from COHS, topographical maps, etc.)  Note:  This map has been created, but there is a notable gap in the track diagram for the Rockfish, Virginia area which has kept this map from being completed.  We continue to look for that detail as we move forward to publish this book.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 - Origin of the N&A; predecessors Schuyler Railway, Alberene Railroad, Lease of the C&O Alberene Subdivision
Chapter 2 - Soapstone Company histories; (Albemarle, Virginia, Alberene + others such as Old Dominion that merged)
Chapter 3 - Nelson & Albemarle Railway - how it began, leases, where it ran, topical discussions on why and where
Chapter 4 - Depots, Yard(s), Sidings, Interchanges, Timetables
Chapter 5 - Steam Locomotives (1, 2; Old Dominion 1, 2; the mystery of 3; 4; 5 & 6; 7; the mystery of 8 and how it got on the N&A Stock Certificate; 9 & 10; 11; 12, 14, 15.)
Chapter 6 - Diesel Locomotives (1, 2, 3 and their subsequent histories)
Chapter 7 - Misc. Powered Equipment (4-wheel Sheffield Velocipede bought from Fairbanks-Morse Company model="Maude" which name it kept)
Chapter 8 - Mixed Train Service (great chapter for photographs, but also to showcase the requirement of mixed trains to serve needs)
Chapter 8A - Passenger Service, Equipment, + Caboose(s) including 1 former RF&P (passenger only trains, equipment 'borrowed' from the C&O, end of passenger service, caboose as passenger service)
Chapter 8B - Freight Service, Equipment + off line equipment such as freight dollys, soapstone dollys for gang saws, etc.; (boxcars from NYC, etc.; hoppers, ballast car, flat cars to service quarries and gang saws;
Chapter 9 - Photographers (Charles Clegg, August Thieme, H. Reid, etc.), Motion Picture Photographer (only 1 known - August Thieme), and Authors (Archie Robertson, Lucius Beebe, Richard Prince, Garth Groff, Mallory Hope Ferrell)
Chapter 10 - Publications, etc. on N&A (the web site detail here)
Chapter 11 - The N&A what if and what is (what if the N&A had continued to exist; what is left of the N&A today and how Soapstone is again in a revival period)
Inside back - Fanciful map of the sightseeing along the route, plus the industries other than soapstone served by the line including school 'bus' service.
 




Join in! ---- The Friends of Esmont is a place where the promotion of Esmont is paramount to the members.  It is hosted by former Esmont resident, Peggy (Purvis) Denby and with  Purvis as her maiden name, the connection to Esmont is huge!  Send email to PeggyPurvisDenby@FriendsOfEsmont.com to receive an email in return or visit the site to submit a form with your Name and Email.  Peggy can also be reached at (404) 680-6122 as noted on the website, but don't let the Atlanta area code fool you - she moved back to the Albemarle area in March 2018!  See http://www.friendsofesmont.com for more information.

  Dedicated to the historical significance of the Nelson & Albemarle Railway, this site provides a reference point for publications, websites, film, and photographs of the N&A and where to find them and/or buy copies of those references, publications and photographs.

The Nelson & Albemarle Railway, notable for it's end to end connections for a number of years between the Southern Railway at Rockfish, Virginia (Nelson County) and the C&O Railway at Warren, Virginia (Albemarle County), was wholly-owned by the Alberene Stone Company (and predecessors).  Starting in Nelson County at company headquarters at Schuyler, Virginia, the original line extended along the Rockfish River within the county to Rockfish Depot for interchange with the Southern Railway while the company was known as the Virginia Soapstone Company.  With the C&O already providing trackage to another company with a mill operating in Alberene, Virginia, the track originated in Warren, Virginia (Albemarle County) thence to Boiling Springs, Dawson Mills, and Esmont (depot and other industry including Blue Ridge Slate Company) and from there on to Alberene.  A merger later, the combined company added trackage from Schuyler to a point at Guthrie, Virginia (Albemarle County) where it joined the original C&O tracks.  The Nelson & Albemarle took over rights to trackage down to Esmont and had right-of-way on the C&O from there to Warren based on maintaining the trackage.  My personal interest in the N&A is simple:  My Father worked at Schuyler for the Alberene Stone Company in the gang saw building as his first real job.  I've collected data about the N&A for years and this site has been started to share, where possible, any and all of the information gathered about the N&A.  Ever so often I'll make the effort to inform and enlighten those people who have interest in this shortline standard gauge railroad with where to find articles, pamphlets, booklets, books, photographs (some unpublished and heretofore not known as available for prints). 
 
Contributions are welcomed, as your input to where information about the N&A can be found is invaluable.  I'm also going to give credit where credit is due: Garth Groff did extensive research and published a great booklet about the N&A.  His booklet rekindled my interest in collecting this "where to find the N&A" effort.  Garth is employed over at the University of Virginia (my brother Gary works at Darden School of Business there) and while his publication is out-of-print, a copy can be found now and then via auction sites. Garth has planned to retire from the UVA community and now follows other interests around medieval re-enactments and archery (including teaching archery to children). There are other references of the N&A in various periodical publications as well, including Railroad Model Craftsman and Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette.  You'll see these listed on the "Publications About Nelson & Albemarle" link in the sidebar where we consistently add references with related or of interest publications in the section below on Recent Additions to the NEARSH Library.
 
DISCLAIMER:  As this is a site to publicize WHERE things can be found, any photo use will be by thumbnail and/or not reproducible in any quality (unless permission has been provided).  Our goal is to show you the link to where the original can be found (website, publication, book purchased, etc.) - not for anything more than a table of contents on where to locate copies or buy a specific book.  There is NO intent to violate anyone's copyrights.  As the owner of an original negative with prints of my negative in the Southern Methodist University Library and recently on an auction site, I am very aware of protecting copyright and having proper permission to utilize materials.  
 
Please email any references you might have with permission to use (or original photo with copyright permission to print or use on this site) to:  Rob Peters care of nelsonalbemarle@comcast.net or send email direct using this email address:
peters.robert@comcast.net - For 
MEMBERSHIP:  Please email request to participate as a member of the NEARHS.
 
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Recent Additions to the NEARHS Library:   
Virginia Railroads, Volume 1: Railroading in the Old Dominion by William E. Griffin, Jr. & Thomas W. Dixon, Jr.;
Crossties to the Depot - Volume 1: Virginia Railroad Stations compiled and edited by John F. Gilbert;
Virginia Railroads, Volume 2:  The Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad by Thomas W. Dixon, Jr.
Historic Photos of Virginia; text and captions by Emily J. and John S. Salmon (photo of Esmont, pg. 46).
The Architecture of Jefferson Country: Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia by K. Edward Lay (photo/plan for Company President's house in Alberene).
West Virginia History - A Quarterly Magazine, Volume XVI, Number 3, April 1955 by State Department of Archives and History, Charleston, West Virginia - Article Canal-Boat Days in Virginia by Marshall Fishwick.
The Canal on the James by T. Gibson Hobbs, Jr.
Yesterday's Trains across the Commonwealth by Dale W. Diacont.
Hill City Trolleys: Street Railways of Lynchburg, Virginia by Harold E. Cox
Architecture In Virginia - Esmont, Albemarle County by Wayne Nelson (part of the series accomplished by the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia) - Spring 1992
Heartbeats of Nelson by Paul Saunders - 2007
O. Winston Link - Life Along The Line by Tony Reevy - 2011 
The Classic Eastern American Railroad Routes by Brian Solomon - 2011
Extra South, 2nd Edition by H. Reid with foreword by Manly Wade Wellman - 1986 (with Extra South New Photo Section and photo of N&A Ry. #10 on page 132)
Tidewater Triangle by Robert J. Yanosey - 1988
Chesapeake & Ohio Railway: A Concise History and Fact Book by Thomas W. Dixon, Jr. of The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society - 2012 (includes information on Alberene Subdivision)
Off the Track in Ivy - The Wreck of the Old Dominion Express by Garth G. Groff - 1992
Locomotive Quarterly, Volume XVIII, Number 4, Summer 1995 by Metaphor of Mount Vernon New York; Jack W. Farrell, Editor-In-Chief
The Search for Steam by Joe G. Collias - 1972
Short-Line Odyssey: Small Railroads in the Northeast from the '40's to the '70's (The Railroading Series, Volume 3): Photographs and Texts by William S. Young - 1980
Railroad Stories featuring "The Soapstone Limited" (short story):  A Pulp Magazine from November 1935
All Aboard:  American Train Journeys II - Volume 4: Steam Short Lines of the South from Columbia River Entertainment - 1997 (film)
Magazine of Albemarle Count History, Volume 71 - 2013 from Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society - 2013 (feature story on the making of the motion picture, "Virginia")
Illustrated History of General Electric Locomotives by O. M. Kerr - 1979
Centennial Treasury of General Electric Locomotives, Volume 1 by O. M. Kerr - 1981
Centennial Treasury of General Electric Locomotives, Volume 2 by O. M. Kerr - 1981
Images of Rail: Richmond Railroads by Jeff Hawkins - 2010
Greetings from Charlottesville, Virginia and Albemarle County by Samuel Pyeatt Menefee - 2009
H. K. Porter Company - Light Locomotives (catalog reprint) from Periscope Film, LLC - 2010
Train Shed Cyclopedia #6 - Passenger Locomotives from the 1930 Locomotive Cyclopedia by Newton K. Gregg, Publisher - 1973
Train Shed Cyclopedia #2 - Switching & Freight Locomotives from the 1930 Locomotive Cyclopedia by Newton K. Gregg, Publisher - 1972
Virginia Railway Depots by Donald R. Traser through the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society - 1998
Nelson & Albemarle Railway - Alberene Stone Co. in The Short Line: The Journal of Shortline & Industrial Railroads, Volume 6, Number 1; TSL #31 - January/February 1978
Chesapeake & Ohio Railway: Depots, Towers, and Other Structures 1860-1950 by Thomas W. Dixon, Jr. - 2016
Locomotive Quarterly, Volume XII, Number 3, Summer 1989 by Metaphor of Mount Vernon New York; Jack W. Farrell, Editor-In-Chief
Locomotive Quarterly, Volume XXVIII, Number 2, Winter 2004-5 by Metaphor of Mount Vernon New York; Jack W. Farrell, Editor-In-Chief
Legal History of the Virginia Midland Railway Co., and of the Companies which built its Lines of Road 1881 (2017 printing by Schuler Books) by Charles Minor Blackford of Lynchburg, Virginia; J. P. Bell & Company Printers
Bulletin #119 October 1968 by The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Inc., Baker Library, Harvard Business Society, Boston, Massachusetts
SPV's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America - Appalachia & Piedmont 2004 by Mike Walker; published in England by Stuart Andrews, Canterbury Kent, UK d/b/a SPV;  with incorrect map of the Nelson & Albemarle Railway on page 46 (VA-4-Charlottesville) showing Boiling Springs on incorrect segment of line.  From Schuyler to Esmont, Station Stops are Ruffin, Damon, Melvale, Guthrie, and arrive at Esmont.
The Great Railroad War - United States Railway Operations During World War 1 by Rudolph L. Daniels, Ph.D. with foreword by Frank Wilner from The Garbely Publishing Company - 2017
The Toledo, Port Clinton and Lakeside Railway by George W. Hilton published by Montevallo Historical Press 1997
  
Your Help Needed: Do you have photographs of the Nelson & Albemarle Railway or the soapstone works?  We're always looking for previously unpublished photographs by known railway photographers (and not so known amateur photographers)!  See photos below that were recently added to the archive.

Join in! ----- The Nelson County Historical Society is a great place to learn about the history of the community around the Nelson & Albemarle Railway stomping grounds of Schuyler, Virginia.  Membership is only $15 and Lifetime membership is $200.  (Family membership is $20).  Send your money to the society at:  Nelson County Historical Society, PO Box 474, Lovingston, Virginia 22949.  
 
Join in! ---- The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society is another great place to learn about the history surrounding the area served by the Nelson & Albemarle Railway (Esmont, Alberene).  Membership is $40 for individuals annually.  Join up at the sites membership page:  http://albemarlehistory.org/index.php/membership
 
Join in! ---- The Friends of Esmont is a place where the promotion of Esmont is paramount to the members.  It is hosted by former Esmont resident, Peggy (Purvis) Denby and with  Purvis as her maiden name, the connection to Esmont is huge!  Send email to PeggyPurvisDenby@FriendsOfEsmont.com to receive an email in return or visit the site to submit a form with your Name and Email.  Peggy can also be reached at (404) 680-6122 as noted on the website, but don't let the Atlanta area code fool you - she moved back to the Albemarle area in March 2018!  See http://www.friendsofesmont.com for more information.
 
Please write to NelsonAlbemarle@comcast.net if you have memorabilia you'd like to sell or donate! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ever gotten a great photograph that you didn't have anywhere to use?  We recently purchased a negative of the GE c/n30856 locomotive (N&A #1) switching freight at Esmont with depot in photo and pulp car, hopper, 3 boxcars, another hopper, and caboose.  Halfway down train at switch stand is N&A employee ready to act when train is in or out of cut.  Wish we had the name of this photographer from this photo taken at Esmont in 1953 prior to the addition of yellow stripes to the ends of the locomotive.. 
 
 
Or an even better photograph of Locomotive #10 with a view not seen before?  This photo is courtesy of Janice Brown of Falls Church, Virginia who graciously allowed
it's use for our website.  The young lady and young gentleman on the younger brother and sister of the photographer, James M. Brown who is Janice's father.  Photo likely taken in 1943 while his father Obed O. Brown was working at the Schuyler mill.  It's rare to see the detail on the front of a locomotive as most photographers took their photo's of side or 3/4 views and few (if any) took views that were straight on from front or back).  We hope to have an article from Janice in the future on her family ties to the Schuyler plant and the N&A.
 

 







 


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