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The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society Clifton Forge, VA 6/28/2010

by Chris Guenzler

After I left Roanoke I stopped at KFC for lunch before I drove about 5 miles on Interstate 81 north and then took US 220 north to my next stop of Clifton Forge, Virginia where I followed the signs to the museum.

The group has built-from-scratch-reproduction of this station building and here is the Clifton Forge Station Sign.

C&O Caboose 90382.

C&O GP-7 5828.

Smiths Creek Yard sign.

Station being construction.

Railroad crossing sign crossbuck.

C&O Standard Signal Tower is a built-from-scratch-reproduction.

C&O Flat Car 80435.

C&O Dining Car Gatsby's Tavern.

C&O Baggage Car.

C&O Caboose 3168.

C&O Combine 458.

Three unknown C&O Passenger Cars.

C&O 940301.

C&O Unknown.

C&O MW Baggage Car 940159.

C&O Unknown passenger car.

Two C&O Unknown box cars.

C&O Caboose 90219.

C&O Unknown Box Car.

Section House 42.

1/8 Scale Railroad the museum will run at times.

The Clifton Forge Freight Station that had the museum's displays inside.

Picnic Grounds.

C&O Dining Car Gatsby's Tavern.

C&O Dining Car Gatsby's Tavern dining area.

C&O Dining Car Gatsby's Tavern kitchen.

C&O Combination 458.

The coach area of the C&O Combination 458.

Two museum views. Now I will go inside the museum to see the displays. Here I met Rick Tabb, the Executive Director, of the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society who showed me around the museum.

The museum has a cat named Chessie that sleeps like the one that was made famous by the C&O Railroad.

This live steamer is on display.

This mural shows both boats and railroads.

A model railroad based on the old C&O Railroad in the area.

A C&O Dining Car China Collection.

A George Washington Drumhead from the train with that name.

Locomotive number plates which are real except for the one of the C&O 614.

Engines of the C&O Railroad.

C&O Railroad 1210 model.

More C&O Railroad Display Boards.

Chesapeake & Ohio School of Nursing.

More Chessie China and Dolls.


The Kitten of Destiny.

The Chessie Era.

CSX the successor of the Chessie.

Models of C&O Engines.

Lanterns, Conductor Hats and other things in this case.

Sleep like a Kitten.

One Hundred and Fifty Anniversary Painting.

A famous picture of Chessie.

Picture of a steam engine on a freight train.

Picture of a C&O F unit.

One more view of the old C&O Freight House.

C&O Milepost 277.

One last view. A special thank you to Rick Tabb for showing me around. After I said goodbye to everyone at the museum, I drove west on Interstate 64 to Sam Black Church where I went west of US 60 and the last miles on that road in the rain. At US 19 I turned north and went through several torrential down pours of rain as I made my way to Summerville and the Best Western Summerville Lake Motor Lodge for the night.