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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 163
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Date: August 19, 2015 06:34PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 163 - 08/19/15

This day in Railroad History

August 19, 1974
The Santa Fe Railroad moved out of its station and former Harvey House in Brownwood, Texas, leaving it vacant, boarded up, and facing an uncertain future. The facility comprises two separate buildings which are joined by a covered loggia. The Harvey House Restaurant and Hotel was built in 1911 at the east end of the property in the Prairie style. The passenger station at the west end of the property was built in 1909, also in the Prairie style. The two buildings complement each other and form an interesting facility. The brown bricks which serve as the structural system as well as the facade composition were brought from Coffeeville, Kansas. In 2002, the facility was renovated under the auspices of the City of Brownwood.

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Former Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611 pulled its final series of excursions scheduled for this year over the July 4th weekend. Two trips ran out of Roanoke, VA each of the three days-morning trips to Lynchburg over Norfolk Southern’s Blue Ridge District, and afternoon trips to Walton Junction over the Radford District. The powerful 4-8-4 pulled 22 car consists over 1.3 percent Christiansburg Grade, and 1.2 percent Blue Ridge Grade with little effort. The 22 cars were comprised of vintage coaches, lounge cars and observation cars, including three dome cars, plus a tool car. The trains were turned at Lynchburg and Walton Junction for the return trips. All six trips were sold out, with about 900 passengers on each trip. This is Sunday morning's trip to Lynchburg returning to Roanoke, splitting the vintage color position light signals at Blue Ridge, VA.

Alex Mayes photo


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