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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.





Chessie.





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.

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