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Clifton Forge in Alleghany County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

C&O Railroad Shops

 
 
C&O Railroad Shops Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2017
1. C&O Railroad Shops Marker
Inscription. When the first train arrived in Jackson's River Station July 10th, 1857, the western terminus of the Virginia Central consisted of little more than a refueling station for wood-burning steam engines and a station house for employees and passengers. However, by the middle of the 1940's, the rail yard beyond provided work for nearly 2,000 employees. It is estimated that as many as 1,400 workers per day utilized these stairs and elevator to enter and exit the rail yard. Shift changes even necessitated the use of a traffic light to ensure safety. Alas, the 1950's saw the shift towards diesel locomotives and with it the shifting of CSX repair shop away from the town. The tunnels and elevator were finally closed in 1987 after many decades of faithful service, marking the end of an era. The years saw the town and the railroad grow together, and today Clifton Forge takes great pride in its founding role in the nationís rail system.
 
Location. 37° 48.687′ N, 79° 50.26′ W. Marker is in Clifton Forge, Virginia, in Alleghany County. Marker is at the intersection of West Ridgeway Street (Business U.S. 60) and 5th Street, on the right when traveling east on West Ridgeway Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clifton Forge VA 24422, United States of America.
 
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C&O Railroad Shops Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2017
2. C&O Railroad Shops Marker
least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Masonic Theatre (approx. ĺ mile away); Jackson River Depot (approx. 1.4 miles away); Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Oakland Grove Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Oakland Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Douthat State Park (approx. 2.6 miles away); Low Moor Iron Company Coke Ovens (approx. 2.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
C&O Railroad Shops Stairs image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2017
3. C&O Railroad Shops Stairs
C&O Railroad Shops Elevator image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2017
4. C&O Railroad Shops Elevator
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 5, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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