Thurmond in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Fueling Up Trains
New River Gorge National River
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
A major use of coal was as fuel for steam trains. Coal was used to heat the water in the boiler of each locomotive, making steam that powered the train engines. As one of the few places in the gorge where locomotives could be refueled, the coaling station was one of the most important structures in town. This tall building not only supplied locomotives with coal, but also replenished these huge machines with sand, which was used to enhance a train's traction abilities while moving along the rail lines. Trains were resupplied with water at a water column just up the tracks.
The Coaling Station
1. Coal to be used as locomotive fuel was off-loaded from a train car into the receiving hopper below the tracks.
2. Coal was sent by conveyor to a roll crusher, then to the boot where buckets collected the crushed coal.
3. An elevator transported these loaded buckets of coal to the top of the station.
4. Coal was dumped into a feeder chute that directed it into one of two storage bins.
5. Coal was dispensed into a locomotive's fuel tender from above through adjustable gates on either side of this
6. Sand was also dispensed into the locomotives, used for train traction.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Notable Places • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 37° 57.583′ N, 81° 4.883′ W. Marker is in Thurmond, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Thurmond Road (County Road 25/2) 0.2 miles north of Beury Mountain Road (County Road 25/2), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 144 Beury Mountain Rd, Thurmond WV 25936, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Town Built on Top of Itself (within shouting distance of this marker); Changing Town (within shouting distance of this marker); The Heart of Town (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Railroad Was the Town (about 400 feet away); Thurmond’s Decline (about 400 feet away); A Railroad Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thurmond, West Virginia (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Thurmond, West Virginia (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmond.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 21, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.