Friends, one of the questions that I’ve asked myself over the years is why
I and many others build models. A few years ago it occurred to me that, as a research psychologist, I know
how to go about answering that question. If you’d be willing to help me out, I have a survey online
at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DNX3QKB. If you, too
are a model builder and could spare about 30 minutes to complete the survey, I’d really appreciate it.
Station Number: 165
Code Number: 0250
Telegraph Callsign: DA
Lindsay, 5 miles west of Gordonsville, was apparently one of those sidings
originally built at the request of a wealthy family; one reference I found called it
Lindsay’s Turnout and noted that it was an election precinct. Lindsay was also the
site of the junction of the Piedmont and the
Virginia Air Line
Subs. According to the 1937 Side Track Record, Lindsay had a 2360' storage
track (track 891), a 3354' passing track (track 892), and a 573' house track (track 893). The track configuration was
very similar to that shown on the map below. The east turnout of the house track was removed by December of
1941. Track 2105 appears to have been built before December 1942. In July of 1949, the C&O discontinued the agency
and telegraph office at Lindsay. In 1956, the railroad stopped handling LCL freight here and limited freight handling to
carload freight only. Track 891, the storage track, was retired in November of 1993. Track 2105 was retired in February
Lindsay once had a depot and several other C&O maintenance buildings. I couldn’t find any evidence of
them when I was there, nor could I tell exactly where the VAL had branched off (but see the map below). This
photo, taken I believe by Benjamin K. Biggers, shows both. (date unknown, Benjamin K. Biggers photo, provided
by John Biggers, used with permission)
These photographs, some of the saddest on the site, show the demolition of the Lindsay depot. The
depot came down in the 1970’s. In the top photo, Pike Harrington, a C&O engineer who also owned a
farm in Lindsay, is dismantling the depot and recycling the lumber. The bottom photo shows Pike and his brother
Williard. (both photos, Eugene W. Harrington, Jr., provided by Lindsay M. Harrington, used with permission)
The Lindsay siding looking east. Harrington’s store was to the left of the photographer.
(circa 1970, Benjamin K. Biggers photo, provided by John Biggers, used with permission)
Lindsay looking west. Note the maintainance sheds to the right. (circa 1970, Benjamin K. Biggers
photo, provided by John Biggers, used with permission)
This is the west end of the Lindsay siding. (circa 1970, Benjamin K. Biggers photo, provided by John
Biggers, used with permission)
This bridge over Mechunk Creek was built in 1897. The owner of the land on either side has
painted the outside of the girders a deep forest green. (2013 photo)
Visible below the existing bridge are wooden pilings from a far older — possibly the original — bridge.
I most likely would never have noticed these if they hadn’t been pointed out to me by Gary Smith, a Buckingham
Branch employee. Also, please know that I would never have ventured out on a railroad bridge if I hadn’t been with
a railroad employee. (2013 photo)
The 1943 map was prepared from a copy of a Side Track Record provided by Wendell McChord. The 1963 map was
prepared from U.S.G.S. topological maps, C&O track charts dated 1963, C&O Side
Track Records dated 1937, a copy of the Side Track Records updated through the 1990’s, and
C&O Valuation maps, also updated through the 1990’s.
Please note that, due to a huge volume of spam coming in on my email account, I’ve had to change my email address.
The new address is email@example.com (but remove the nospam and the dot before piedmontsub.com).
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