Former N&W Depot, now a restaurant
THE National D-Day Memorial
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 540
Access by train/transit:
None, for now
Bedford is about 28 miles or so east of Roanoke on 460.
It is the home of the National D-Day Memorial.
It is a most impressive memorial and I urge you to take the time and visit it if
you are in the Roanoke area. I found it to be well worth the trip.
The second point of interest is an ex N&W railroad station.
As far as signals go, there WERE N&W CPL signals on both
ends of town, with a passing siding on the east side of town, signaled in
both directions at both ends.... I only had time to take pictures in the one
location. Now that the CPL signals have been replaced, I regret that I
did not have time to go to both locations, drat. I'm guessing signals
were replaced around the time frame as they were in Roanoke, around 2010 or
Amtrak is thinking about extending the "NE Regional" trains to go past
Richmond, and all the way to Roanoke. If this happens, Bedford should
get a stop.
Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
None for now.....
GPS Coordinates: 37.325865, -79.531372
3 Overlord Cir, Bedford, VA 24523
The National D-Day Memorial dedicates those who lost
their lives during WWII on that day. Why Bedford you may ask?
Bedford, out of all of the towns of the United States, lost more of it's
native sons during the invasion than any other. While it may be a tad
out of the way, it's really not that far from Roanoke and well worth the
It is by far, the most impressive memorial I have ever seen, anywhere, period!
The N&W Depot
GPS Coordinates: 37.337150, -79.527750
Bedford, VA 24523
What is now the Olde Liberty Station used to be an N&W
depot. Back on September 18th of 2009, they had a fire which destroyed
a great deal of the structure. My wife and I were there for lunch 3
days before the fire on the way back home from Atlanta, talk about luck.
They were closed for about 6 months while they rebuilt, but I understand
they lost a great deal of the treasures decorating the station.
Their website is here, but does not contain much history on the depot.
Didn't have enough time to go chasing after the rest
of the signals around town :-) This signal is at the eastern end of the passing siding...
the high signal is for the right track, the main line, and the lower signal
is for the siding. If this was on the B&O, they would have used a
dwarf CPL at the base of the mast for the siding.
The new Colorlight Signals
These pictures are courtesy Rich Polk who visited Bedford recently.
Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for
their index page.
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. My
webpages are an attempt at putting everything I can find of the subject in
one convenient place.
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
Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as
being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.