Re: Photo: Car Ferry At Brooke Avenue Yard

James Brewer


It is my understanding the Brook Avenue Yard was isolated and did not connect on land with any other railroad.  It is my understanding that cars were shuttled between C&O's Newport News facilities and Brook Avenue Yard.  So all inbound cars arriving at Brook would be for customers surrounding the yard.  A pretty neat little operation.

Jim Brewer

On Mon, May 16, 2022 at 4:37 PM Todd Horton via <> wrote:
Who did the C&O interchange with via car ferry at Norfolk?  PRR at Cape Charles perhaps?

Todd Horton

On Monday, May 16, 2022, 02:48:18 PM EDT, Bob Chaparro via <> wrote:

Photo: Car Ferry At Brooke Avenue Yard

Photo and information from the U.S. Military Railroad blog:

The location was the Southgate Terminal Corporation at the former C&O Railroad Brooke Avenue Yard in Norfolk, Virginia. The terminal was an isolated switching district that was only served by rail via a car float from Newport News. The C&O yard was surrounded by interesting warehouses, factories, a brewery, a concrete freight depot, and a large molasses tank. In the steam era there was a small coal dock to service the 0-6-0 locomotive that worked it. The car ferry was a 370 long monster that could hold 28 40-ft cars.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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