Montpelier Coal Treatle

Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>

Good Friends,

Last month we were talking about coal trestles, and I mentioned a surviving one at the Montpelier estate near Orange, Virginia. This actually belong to the estate, rather than the Southern Railway. The estate also owned the small freight house on the same private spur, as well as the depot. Private ownership is probably the reason the three structures are still there (as is the track, though not connected to the Norfolk Southern mainline).

I don't have a photo of the other side. You can see that there is an open section at the end of the trestle, and a closed section downramp (to the right). Given how short the open area is, I suspect that the closed section may be closed on the opposite side. The brush was too thick there to see much, but I plan to return this winter and try for more photos.

I do have two other views of the trestle, but I thought this single one was enough.

I hope this doesn't get me in trouble with the Sheriff, but I think industries served by freight cars are within the mandate of our group.

Yours Aye,

Garth Groff

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