Location / Name:
Blacksburg SC, Cherokee County
Cool Wooden Trestle
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 864
Access by train/transit:
This guide is all about signals.
Both Norfolk Southern and CSX are replacing legacy signals at a rapid pace (remember, this was originally written in 2013), witness the changeover in Altoona PA and Baltimore MD. Not only are PL and CPL signals quickly disappearing, but older colorlight and searchlight installations as well. Classic colorlight signals such as those employed by the Southern and the C&O are being replaced too, in favor of the "darth vader" type installations on all (no maintenance required) aluminum structures.
The main N-S line going through here used to the
Southern Railway's Atlanta Line.
This can be seen on the USGS maps at the bottom of the page.
Gaffney gets a mention because of the cool water tower (and food, and gift shops, AND great peaches) located there :-)
Many thanks to Mike Falls for taking the pictures he took, and for taking the time to email them to me with the background information.
Thanks to Denver Todd for his help with my railfan guides and suggesting welcome changes to help all ya'll.
Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
https://randomconnections.com/exploring-western-york-county-part-one/ Nice tour of Cherokee County by Tom and Laura
Getting to Blacksburg is easy via I-85. Depending on whether you're traveling north or south on the interstate, you have two exits for Blacksburg. Exit 100 for northbounders will put you on the Blacksburg Highway. Southbounders would want to take exit 102 for Mountain St.
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an expert. My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page. This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while, an error may creep in :-)
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a
thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only
get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented. Take
along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still
better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts
out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their
state maps do not have the railroads on them. If you can find em,
I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and
concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where
tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.
Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.
Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here
Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.