Southern Railway's Historic Spencer Shops, North Carolina (Images of Rail Series)

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Southern Railway's Spencer Shops was a vibrant part of the Southeast's transportation network for more than 80 years. Starting in the late 1800s and continuing until its closure in 1979, the shop complex and its accompanying yards, transfer sheds, and stockyards constituted a major force in the economy of North Carolina and Southern states. The trains that the shop prepared were hauling everyday freight—Appalachian lumber, Piedmont textiles, and perishables—or were famous passenger trains like the Crescent, the ...

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Overview

Southern Railway's Spencer Shops was a vibrant part of the Southeast's transportation network for more than 80 years. Starting in the late 1800s and continuing until its closure in 1979, the shop complex and its accompanying yards, transfer sheds, and stockyards constituted a major force in the economy of North Carolina and Southern states. The trains that the shop prepared were hauling everyday freight—Appalachian lumber, Piedmont textiles, and perishables—or were famous passenger trains like the Crescent, the Peach Queen, and many more. Others were more notable, such as the locomotive in the folk ballad "The Wreck of the Old 97" or President Roosevelt's funeral train in 1945. The Spencer Shops was an industrial power whose prominence today is celebrated in its continued role as the home to the North Carolina Transportation Museum. This book tells the story of how Spencer Shops came to be, its role in transportation, and its continued use today as a North Carolina Historic Site.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738587806
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: Images of Rail Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 945,628
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry K. Neal Jr. writes on behalf of the North Carolina Transportation Museum, which, with its affiliated nonprofit, the North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation, is dedicated to preserving the moving stories of people on the go in the Tar Heel State.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 8

1 Creation of Spencer Shops and the Town of Spencer 9

2 Steam Locomotive Repair and Operation 31

3 Diesel Locomotive Repair and Operation 57

4 The People of Spencer Shops 83

5 The Final Years, 1960-1979 111

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