RailPictures.Net Photo: NW 52561MW Norfolk Southern None at Big Stone Gap, Virginia by Ron Flanary
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» September 30, 2012
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The railroad camp car: There was a time when these lodging vehicles for the employees of the maintenance of way department were little more than tenements on flanged wheels. Usually converted from old box cars, they had bunk beds with thin mattresses, little heat in the winter, and no air conditioning in the summer. Some roads did better than others, but most accommodations were absolutely minimal. On an autumn Sunday evening in central Appalachia, a string of freshly-painted NS camp cars (but still carrying their N&W reporting marks and numbers) occupies the old house track at Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The workers of the R-1 rail gang will show up tomorrow morning to be shuttled in vans to the work site across the mountain on the Clinch Valley District. The work is hard, but at least NS has provided them with more comfortable (air conditioned) accommodations with full toilet facilities, showers, cable television, and a place where they can rest up for the next day’s hard job of pulling spikes, knocking off anchors, and pulling up and replacing the day’s quota of seven miles of twin ribbons of 132-pound per yard heat-treated steel. Tomorrow evening they’ll get a good hot meal, and maybe have some time to see the latest episode of “Dancing With the Stars.”
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