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Abandoned Yard Office, St. Albans, West Virginia

Abandoned yard office beside active CSX tracks in St. Albans, West Virginia.
Abandoned CSX yard office in St. Albans, West Virginia, on August 4, 2010. Buildings of a residential neighborhood are visible in the background at right. The yard office is located in the middle of a wye where a single-track branchline (foreground) into the southern West Virginia coalfields joins the double-track mainline (background at left) between Newport News, Virginia, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Both routes are former Chesapeake & Ohio lines. St. Albans once served as a base of operations for trains and crews operating on the branchline in the coal fields. Modern operations, including longer crew districts and the expanded use of taxis to take crews to and from their trains, have rendered the office obsolete.
Source Scott Lothes, Corvallis, Oregon
Coverage Spatial, Chillicothe, Ohio; Temporal, August 2, 2010
Rights Scott Lothes
Date Created 2010-08-04
Resource Type
Extent 12.8 megapixel RAW file
Depicted Railroad
Location St. Albans, West Virginia
Creator Description Scott Lothes grew up in West Virginia and Ohio, and has a bachelorís degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for three years as the assistant editor of an engineering magazine, and then spent two years living, traveling, and teaching English in Asia. He won the 2003 Trains magazine photography contest and was co-winner of the Center's 2006 Creative Photography Award. Lothes has been studying railroads in literature for several years, and hopes to continue those studies in graduate school.
Collection Scott Lothes Collection
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