Photo: Car Ferry At Brooke Avenue Yard


Scott
 

Can't remember if it was Model Railroader or Model Railroader planning put they did a really nice track plan for this location.  Think it was 2x16 if I remember.

Scott McDonald 


Nolan Hinshaw
 

On May 16, 2022, at 11:48, Bob Chaparro via groups.io <chiefbobbb@...> wrote:

Photo: Car Ferry At Brooke Avenue Yard
Photo and information from the U.S. Military Railroad blog:
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cjArUMBygZA/WOZOBjHJ-XI/AAAAAAAAKRY/jZ_-zlQZH90dO9x21_cWbvAGeLfpEquOgCLcB/s1600/CarFloat.jpg
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.
There were some glorious monsters in the good old days, including the Solano and the Contra Costa, both over 400 feet long. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solano_(ferry)>
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The thong is ended but the malady lingers on


David
 

Who did the C&O interchange with via car ferry at Norfolk?  PRR at Cape Charles perhaps?
The Brooke Avenue terminal was a shared facility with the New York Philadelphia & Norfolk (PRR), so they certainly could have interchanged there, though that would a rather roundabout way to do so.

David Thompson


James Brewer
 

Todd,

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 groups.io <toddchorton=rocketmail.com@groups.io> 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 groups.io <chiefbobbb=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:


Photo: Car Ferry At Brooke Avenue Yard

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

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cjArUMBygZA/WOZOBjHJ-XI/AAAAAAAAKRY/jZ_-zlQZH90dO9x21_cWbvAGeLfpEquOgCLcB/s1600/CarFloat.jpg

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


Todd Horton
 

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 groups.io <chiefbobbb@...> wrote:


Photo: Car Ferry At Brooke Avenue Yard

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

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cjArUMBygZA/WOZOBjHJ-XI/AAAAAAAAKRY/jZ_-zlQZH90dO9x21_cWbvAGeLfpEquOgCLcB/s1600/CarFloat.jpg

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


James Brewer
 

That photo appeared in Model Railroad Planning 2002 in an article on Brook Avenue Yard by Bernard Kempinski..

I always thought it would make a great model railroad.

Jim Brewer


Doug Pillow
 

I remember this grew up in Norfolk was off Boush St downtown Doug Pillow


Kenneth Montero
 

Bob,

Thanks for sharing.

This yard is a good prototype for a model layout in a very small space.

Ken Montero

On 05/16/2022 2:48 PM Bob Chaparro via groups.io <chiefbobbb@...> wrote:


Photo: Car Ferry At Brooke Avenue Yard

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

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cjArUMBygZA/WOZOBjHJ-XI/AAAAAAAAKRY/jZ_-zlQZH90dO9x21_cWbvAGeLfpEquOgCLcB/s1600/CarFloat.jpg

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


Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Car Ferry At Brooke Avenue Yard

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

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cjArUMBygZA/WOZOBjHJ-XI/AAAAAAAAKRY/jZ_-zlQZH90dO9x21_cWbvAGeLfpEquOgCLcB/s1600/CarFloat.jpg

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