RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
Todd's Railfan Guide to
WEST OF DOWNTOWN
Map 3 of 5 for the Roanoke Area
This map of Roanoke covers the west side of Roanoke, which includes the main Norfolk Southern yard, North Yard. A commanding view of the yard can be had from the parking lot of the tower, and to date, I have never been bothered by anyone taking pictures from the base of the tower.
As always, if anyone has additional info, pictures, etc to contribute, please check out my contact page here
The main focus of this side of town is North Yard, quite a sprawling affair.
It's difficult to shoot well except from "tower" hill.
One of two massive track facilities, a Roadway Material Yard (RMY), hugs the bottom of the west end of the yard (the other is in Bellevue OH).
For a look at the yard from a time when the track coming out of the RMY crossed the Virginian in a diamond (1995),
check out this picture on Terraserver: CLICK-ME
That track, BTW, was originally the Roanoke & Southern to Winston-Salem NC,
more recently known as the N&W Roanoke Belt Line. It is still intact, but largely unused.
Thanks to Harry Bundy and Gordon Hamilton for the details.
1 North Yard Tower
The Through Tracks
Fortunately, the tracks right next to Shenandoah are the thru tracks. You can't park right on the street, but there are plenty of side streets and business' to pull off the street to catch a few shots. If you have a pick-me-up, take along a ladder to clear the fence.
The Junk Yard
A variety of stuff can be found at this junk yard off the end of 30th St. Bashed-up freight cars can be routinely found here, and I have purchased (what remains of) old N&W CPL signals from them.
For more pictures of N&W CPL pictures, additional pictures of the locations on this map, and the stuff from 1993, check out: http://www.railroadsignals.us/signals/nwcpl/index.htm
Signals Coming - Some Day
Last Modified 28-Mar-2012