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Virginian on an overhead bridge, look for State Route 639 and make a right. Cross the Virginian at grade and keep going along the river until you come to a second grade crossing over the Vir- ginian. This is where you’ll want to start your afternoon wait. The Virgin- ian bridge over the N&W is just east of here around the curve, but is off limits for photography. While there isn’t a shot here of the N&W, there is a very good shot of eastbounds on the Virgin- ian through most of the afternoon, and you can hear and see the N&W through the trees so when a westbound comes you can start chasing. Once a westbound shows up on the N&W, hop in your car, return to U.S.


460 and head west. After crossing the Virginian on the overhead bridge, two good grade crossings will come up on your left (one protected by lights made out of N&W position signals). For these two shots you’ll need to cross the tracks to be on the sunny side and then need to wait for the entire train to pass be- fore resuming the chase. Even with this wait, it is still possible to catch the train a couple more times before Chris- tiansburg. Continuing west, U.S. 460 crosses


the N&W on a bridge and a nice open field is immediately present for broad- sides. This is basically a free shot, so if you are ahead of the train you can take this and not miss anything else.


Since the double-tracked N&W is sig-


nalled in both directions, trains can op- erate on either track in either direction. Your next move will depend on which track the train is on. The grade cross- ings in Shawsville are all pretty tight if a train is on the south track. If the train is on the north track, it opens up the scenes by quite a bit. My favorite of the Shawsville crossings is Basham Hollow Road. If the train is operating on the south


track, skip the Shawsville crossings and proceed directly to the railroad lo- cation of Arthur. After leaving Shawsville U.S. 460 will make a sweep- ing curve to the left; at the end of this curve is Sparrow Road which leads to


to Elliston, VA 81


Montgomery Tunnel


Christiansburg 0 Street NE Depot 460 11 81 11 460 11 Christiansburg Hill Illustration by Otto M. Vondrak. Not all routes shown. Not an official map. ©2012 Carstens Publications, Inc.


Den Hill Road


1 MILES 2


Friendship Road


Sparrow Road


Arthur Shawsville 11 460


Basham Hollow Road


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