Back in the late 1980s I discovered the
remains of the Nelson & Albemarle Railroad,
and its owner Alberene Stone Corporation in
Schuyler, Virginia (the real-life Walton's
Mountain of TV fame). The then-owner let me prowl
around his property (yeah, I know liability, but
this guy was known to walk around with a primed
stick of dynamite sticking out of his shirt
I discovered that there were three ancient
flat cars still in the plant. After the Nelson
& Albemarle was abandoned in 1962, a short
stretch of track was left intact between the
factory and its associated machine shop for moving
heavy machinery that might need repair. Three
flatcars were retained, along with a small
Plymouth locomotive. The locomotive was scrapped
around 1967, but the flat cars were still in the
weeds when I saw them around 1986 or 1987. I don't
know if they are still there. The operation was
sold to a Finish company around 1989, and they did
some clean-up work on the property. I did mention
to the Finish manager that these three cars would
be welcome in any railroad museum, but my guess is
they were scrapped.
One car was
partially identifiable by the stake pockets
which had ATSF CM 1921 cast into them. All three
were still on arch bar trucks, which suggests
they were on the property before WWII.
attached two photos of the car with the Santa Fe
stake pockets for your commentary and approval.
I would be curious to know what class the Santa
Fe car was from, though I'm not sure all three
were from the same source. They were very hard
to inspect and photograph in the brush.
I'm going to
head down that way one of these days and will
see if by some miracle the cars are still there.
Another miracle will be if they let me into the
Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge