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From The Editor Sept 2015

By Tex Carter

UPDATE
The November trip is filled up. We will be sending out a form October 1 to confirm those attending. Others will be moved to a later date.

November Field Trip Date and Time Changes

Trips start at the visitor’s center in Rocky Mt.
Trips start at the visitor’s center in Rocky Mt.

The Field Trip originally set for Nov. 7 has been moved to Saturday, Nov. 14 and now starts at 9:00am

Another change will be the starting time. We have arranged to have the visitor’s center and the caboose both open at 9:00am. for our tour group to see before starting the field trip at 10:00am.

Both the caboose and Visitor’s Center are free as well as the field trip so come take advantage of this rare opportunity. This part of the trip is self-guided and you have one hour to tour the facility at your leisure.

Tex leading a tour back in 2013.
Tex leading a tour back in 2013.

We have been collecting names for possible attendees to our Nov. 14 trip for some time. Several weren’t sure about going that far in advance. About October 1 we will send out a notice to all on our list and ask that everyone confirm their attending.

Some of our people have suggested stopping for lunch in Pen Hook. As parking is limited past that point we have decided to split the tour into two groups in Pen Hook to make parking easier. Those not stopping to eat will continue on which will help on the narrow roads beyond Pen hook. This is optional but doing so will keep each group small.

August 2015 Events
August was a busy month for promoting the F&P. On August 4 a brief program was presented to the Altavista Rotary Club. Members were given a photographic tour of the F&P route from Rocky Mount to Gretna that included historical commentary.

The audience was invited to ask questions as we went through the photos of depots, flag stops, maps and other F&P related material. A robust discussion developed on a few issues that was followed up with e-mails and other source links.

The F&P Railroad table at Lynchburg Rail Day 2015.
The F&P Railroad table at Lynchburg Rail Day 2015.

The following Saturday, August 8, Lou Revelle and I were given the use of a table at the Lynchburg Rail Day 2015 event held for the 37th year by the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Rail Historical Society.

It was held at the Boonsboro Ruritan Club and a total of about 500 people participated. The event featured model railroad layouts and other train related material.

Vendors on the floor at Lynchburg Rail Day.
Vendors on the floor at Lynchburg Rail Day.

Our table included a slide show using two computer monitors of F&P related pictures. Flyers telling a brief history of the line were given to everyone and we signed up people for future tours and notices about the F&P.

Many of the people in attendance had never heard of the F&P. The opportunity allowed us to reach a new audience for the “Old Fast & Perfect.”

Richmond’s Gain is Our Loss

Nathan relaxing after the F&P program in May 2015.
Nathan relaxing after the F&P program in May 2015.

We are sad to report our web master, Nathan White, has moved to Richmond. His job promotion resulted in a lot of driving to Richmond so the choice was no surprise.

Nathan was on one of our first F&P field trips and he contributed as much spare time to the F&P as his job and family would allow. Had it not been for him the website would likely still be a dream unfulfilled.

Nathan and Callum walk down Hogan’s Hill near Pittsville on a cold March day in 2015.
Nathan and his son, Callum, walk down Hogan’s Hill near Pittsville on a cold March day in 2015.

We will be staying in touch with Nathan and hope to again work with him in the future. He plans to continue to run the website from Richmond.

We wish him and his family the best of luck in their new location.

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Events that occurred in September:

  • September 7, 1910: The Southern RR offers to give away its interest in the F&P RR.
  • September 14, 1921: Chapman Dudley is appointed receiver for the F&P RR.