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BUILDING THE CLINCHFIELD

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Following one of the most scenic routes in the country, the Clinchfield Railroad penetrates the most rugged mountain barriers in the eastern United States. Much has been written about the Clinchfield, but this volume by a retired Chief Engineer of the railroad fills a unique niche. He places a special emphasis on what was built, when it was built, and who did the building, including a brief biography of George L. Carter, the driving force that put it all together. More than 3000 laborers (mostly Italians, Germans, and Russians recruited in northern cities—many just off the boat in New York) were employed at one time to move the earth and rock. Built to construction standards unheard of at the time, the Clinchfield did not find it necessary to enlarge tunnels and strengthen bridges through the years, as other railroads have had to do. The dream became reality on February 9, 1915, when George Carter drove in the last spike. Filled with photographs, maps, schedules. copies of letters, diagrams and other documents, this is a valuable source of information for researchers and rail enthusiasts.

Item: 157072291

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NORFOLK & WESTERN CLINCH VALLEY LINE

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Color laminated hardcover, 8.5x11", 432 glossy pages, 750+ imabes incl sketches, photos, and 48 pages of color, maps, charts, ephemera. 2013. "Detailed history documents construction and operation of the N & W's scenic line through the Clinch Valley area of southwest Virginia between Bluefield (Graham) and Norton. "Coverage highlights include development of the towns and villages along the route, construction photographs of the rugged area between Pounding Mill and Cedar Bluff and between St. Paul and Coeburn, passenger service, freight service and the early years after the formation of Norfolk Southern and the assimilation of the former Interstate Railroad and the Southern Railway's St. Charles Branch into the Clinch Valley District as the Clinch Valley Extension. Hard cover with color cover, 432 pages includes 48 page color section; includes 750+ photographs/sketches, 80+ maps/track charts and 75+ timetable entries plus miscellaneous tables, charts and sketches."

Item: 097206924

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TALL TALES OF THE RAILS

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Sit back, relax, and let's begin our trip on the old-fashioned train. We will start at Elkhorn City, Kentucky, and won't stop until we reach Spartan-burg, South Carolina." This is really a trip back in time, centered around one of the most remarkable railroad lines in the eastern part of the U.S. Making brief commentary about specific locations along the scenic route, Lonon includes some interesting bits of history. Along with a brief biographical sketch of George L. Carter, there are brief sketches about J. Fred Johnson and John B. Dennis and their association with him in building the railroad. The author shares numerous anecdotes. Some are from his childhood in the Blue Ridge Mountains, through which the train ran; others are from later years. after he began his railroading career. The latter half of the book is filled with Clinch-field Memorabilia. This is in addition to numerous photographs and illustrations, with one found on almost every page throughout the first part. The author's love for The Clinchfeld is obvious. Thanks in part to this volume, the memory of this phenomenon "...and its great history will be passed on.. as one of the great accomplishments in the creation of this great country'

Item: 093280750

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