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The Crewe Railroad Museum and returning to Roanoke 8/1/2018



by Chris Guenzler



We left the Knights Inn for good and headed up US 1 to Interstate 85 north with a stop to gas the rental car for the final time and breakfast at MacDonald's in South Hills, Virginia. From here it was a short trip on the Interstate 85 to VI 46 to US 460 that took us to Crewe.

The Crewe Railroad Museum 8/1/2018

The Crewe Railroad Museum is located on Highway 460 in the heart of town, four miles from the junction of 360/460. In the yard climb on a diesel engine, a caboose, and our steam engine 606 that has recently arrived. View a baggage cart and other railroad articles that were used. In the station, enjoy a room full of pictures and artifacts with their history. We have a display of the Crewe Roundhouse and trains of the steam era by Al Gerard of Washington, N.C. and a model train layout by Ron Timma of Jetersville, VA to delight the young and old railroad buffs alike! During the month of December every year we have a Holiday and Christmas Layout Tour planned to include our trains and a 50 ft layout that is fantastic.

I had contacted his museum that we were coming this morning st 10:00 AM but no one from their group showed up. This is only the third time in all my trips that they were a no show! So I told Robin we would take pictures through the fence. While we would not get to see what was in the station building, this was our only option here today.

Our Visit



Across the driveway we found out about Robert E Lee's retreat. You never know where you will find history!





Norfolk Southern coach 1723.





Norfolk Western 2-4-0 606.





The Crewe Railroad Museum sign.





Two more views of the Norfolk Western 2-4-0 606.





N&W caboose 518501.





N&W box car 604143.





N&W box car 518704.





N&W triple bay hopper 26004.







N&W GP-7u 2185.





The Crewe water tower has a painting of N&W 611 on it.





Another view of their display train.





A N&W railroad signal.





Another Crewe Railroad Museum sign on the east side of their property.





N&W trackside shed.





From the southside of the museum N&W GP-7u 2185.





The Crewe train station



The other side of the Norfolk Southern coach 1723.





Crewe Railroad Museum view!





N&W hand car. We left Crewe amd headed west down US 460 and I got an idea. I asked Robin if he had every been to the Appomattox Court House and he said no. So when we got to Appomattox where headed north to the Appomattox Court House National Park.

Appomattox Court House National Park 8/1/2018

We parked the rental car then started into the park.





The McClean House and kitchen.





Isbell House with kitchen and smokehouse behind it.





The Appomattox Court House which is the vistor center for the park.





Mecks Store.





Woodson Law Office.





Side view of the Appomattox Court House.





Clover Hill Tavern.





The Tavern Guesthouse.





The Tavern Kitchen.





Meeks Stable.





The Outhouse.





Another view of the Clover Hill Tavern.





McClean House with Kitchen and Slave Quarters.





The McClean House which was the surrender site on April 9, 1865 between Confederate General Robert E Lee and Union General Ulysses S Grant ending the Civil War also known as the War Between the States.





Lafeyette Meeks grave.





The Appomattax County Jail constructed in 1867.





The rear of the Appomattax Court House.





A country view.





Kelley House.





This sign tells about the surrender ceremony.





From this spot was fired the last shot from the artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865.





Here is the cannon that fired the last shot of the Civil War.





Peers House.





Lee and Grant meet sign.





Salute of Arms.





On this spot Lieutenant General Ulysses S Grant and General Robert E Lee CSA met on the morning of April 10, 1865.





Two views of the countryside.





This ends my coverage of the Appomattax Courthouse National Park. We walked out to the rental car and headed our final miles back to Roanoke.

Roanoke 8/1/2018

This time I knew to go further south of Williamson Blvd and this time we found our prey and the last official stop on this southern trip, the Virginian Railway Passenger Station.

Virginian Railway Passenger Station

The Virginian Railway Passenger Station, also known as the Virginian Station is a former rail station listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the South Jefferson neighborhood of the independent city of Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.A. Located at the intersection of Jefferson Street SE and Williamson Road, the Virginian Station served as a passenger station for the Virginian Railway between 1910 and 1956. The station was the only station constructed with brick along the entire length of the Virginian's 608 miles network. Severely damaged by fire on January 29, 2001, current plans for its restoration are underway.

History

Standing at the division point between the New River Division and the Norfolk Division of the Virginian Railway, construction commenced on the Virginian Station in September 1909 and was complete by early 1910. Measuring 162 feet long by 32 feet wide, the station consists of a pair of one-story buildings, connected by a covered overhang and features a tile roof, a blond brick facade and terrazzo floors.

Overshadowed by the larger Norfolk & Western Railway, this would serve passengers traveling between West Virginia and Norfolk through 1956 when passenger service was discontinued. By 1959, Virginian would merge with Norfolk & Western, and the former station would be leased out and subsequently operated as a feed and seed store.

By the late 1990s, the station was threatened with demolition to make way for an expansion of the Carilion bio-tech campus resulting in its placement on the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation's 2000 list of Most Endangered Sites. Operating as the Depot Country Store, on January 29, 2001, the former station suffered severe damage as a result of a fire. Despite the extensive damage, the station was cited for both its unique design and contribution to the railroad industry in Roanoke, and has been listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register since April 2003 and the National Register of Historic Places since June 2003.

A grass-roots effort to rehabilitate the former station into office space for the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in addition to additional leaseable office space is underway.





I walked through the station breezeway to get pictures of the Northfolk Southern DPU's on coal trains in the old Virginian Railway yard.





Behind the station is this Virginian Rock.





There is also a Virginian Railway signal on display here.





Virginia Historicial Marker.









The Roanoke Virginian Railway passenger station.





Norfolk Southern ES44DC 7593. From here we went back to the Virginia Transportation Museum so Robin could buy a N&W red 611 hat. We cleaned out the car and then drove to the Hotel Roanoke where we checked in. We returned our great rental car at Enterprise and they gave us a ride back to the Hotel Roanoke.

Once we went up to our room to pick up our cameras and then we exited the Hotel Roanoke.





The Hotel Roanoke and it is great to be back here.





The historicial marker for the Hotel Roanoke. After these two pictures, we crossed the bridge and went to the Roanoke Amtrak station to hopefully catch some Norfolk Southern train action in Roanoke. It didn't take long for some action.





The view both ways in Roanoke.











Norfolk Southern 1004 west. This train had NS SD70ACe 1004 and NS ES44AC 8019. After this train I saw an eastbound train coming so I went up to the Martin Luther King walkway over the Norfolk Western. I did beat that eastbound train to my photo spot.















Norfolk Southern 7529 east. This train had NS 7529, NS 8348 and NS 8106. The weather started to become stormy so we headed back to the Hotel Roanoke.





Roanoke City buses crossing the Norfolk Southern mainline.





As it started to sprinkle, I got into the escalator and looked up at the top and saw this roundhouse turntable artwork.





There are plaques on this bridge telling the railroad history; this one tells about the Roanoke shops. We got back just before the sky turned loose and I put up my last story on the web site and then on Trainorders.com. I also put the pictures from today into the computer and named them before we went down to the Pine Room Lounge in the Hotel Roanoke where I had chicken wings and Robin enjoyed a Turkey Club House sandwich with bacon along with bread pudding with rum sauce for dessert. I returned to the room and worked on some of today's story then showered and called it a night.



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