Williamson WV Rail Yard

While Norfolk Western laid down a line through Williamson in 1892 or so, they didn’t build the big consolidation and repair yard until 1901.  It has a roundhouse, but I wasn’t able to get a decent picture of it.  It shows up quite well on Google Earth, though.

You can also see from the satellite image the fairly wide suspension pedestrian walkway that spans the yard.  It is gated, but I was able to climb the rickety stairs that access the northern bridge support tower.   This is looking southeast:
yardlookingsoutheast

This is looking across the yard showing the pedestrian bridge (there’s a date on the building in the center, 1926):
yardlookingsouth

And this is looking northwest or so:
yardnorthwest

This is the best view I could get of the roundhouse, taken from a 1913 truss bridge over the Tug Fork on the southern side of the yard:
roundhouse

3 thoughts on “Williamson WV Rail Yard

  1. Bailey tucker January 2, 2023 / 6:38 pm

    1977 flood in Williamson west va, the water was about 1 foot from tops of the rail coal hoppers. I spent 35 days working on rail signal repairs. Water in rail station was close to the ceiling.

    • Bob Lawrence January 3, 2023 / 9:03 am

      Whoa! Good work! Thank you for the comment!

      • Bailey tucker January 3, 2023 / 12:11 pm

        I stumble on you site by mistake but really enjoy it. I worked for N&W and NS for 35 years. Worked signal department, then transferred to Transportation as a brakeman. Retired as Conductor. Have worked Norfolk va to Bellview Ohio. Worked Hagerstown md. to Bristol va.

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