JRD Next Meeting

Next Meet: September 8, 2018



 Historic Farmville Train Station 
510 West Third Street
Farmville, VA 23901

Directions 
From Richmond and Points East: 
Follow US-360 West.  Exit right onto VA-307 West (towards Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park).  Follow VA-307 about 9.4 miles to US-460.  Turn right onto US-460 West.  Follow US-460 West about 4 miles, and take the exit “Farmville, 460 Business” (1st Farmville exit).  Follow this road, which turns into Third Street, approximately 3 miles.  The road will cross Main Street in Farmville, and will become West Third Street.  In about 3 blocks, the Train Station will be on the right side of the road.  Free parking is available next to the station.

From Lynchburg and Points West:
Follow US-460 East.  From Appomattox on US-460, drive approximately 22 miles.  Use the right lane and take the “Farmville, Culpeper, East Business 460, North 15” exit (1st Farmville exit).  The exit ramp will cross over US-460 and become US-15/US-460 Business East.  Move immediately to the right lane and at the first stop light take the right-hand turn onto US-15 Business South/US-460 Business East.  This road will become West Third Street heading into Farmville.  Follow this road approximately 3.8 miles.  The Train Station will be on the left side of the road.  Free parking is available next to the station.  

From South of Farmville via US-15:  Follow US-15 north towards Farmville.  Continue straight onto US-15 Business North, where US-15 crosses over US-460, and continue approximately 2.4 miles.  (US-15 Business North will become Main Street in Farmville.)  In downtown Farmville, turn left onto West Third Street. In about 3 blocks, the Train Station will be on the right side of the road.  Free parking is available next to the station.

From North of Farmville via US-15:  Follow US-15 South towards Farmville.  Turn left onto US-15 Business South/US-460 Business East.  (This turn is at a stop light just prior to the termination of US-15 South onto US-460 East and West.)  This road will become West Third Street heading into Farmville.  Follow this road approximately 3.8 miles.  The Train Station will be on the left side of the road.  Free parking is available next to the station.  

From North of Farmville via VA-45:  Follow VA-45 South towards Farmville.  VA-45 becomes North Main Street in Farmville.  In downtown Farmville, turn right onto West Third Street.  In about 3 blocks, the Train Station will be on the right side of the road.  Free parking is available next to the station.

Details about the Farmville Meet 
Time: Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and we start at 9:30 a.m.
Clinics:  The following clinics are planned.
  • “Vinegar, Pickles, and Railroads … Oh My!” – Rod Vance
    • Presentation of the pickle and vinegar industries (late 1800s to late 1960s), how they were serviced by the railroad, and how they might be modeled today.
  • The Proto Throttle – Phil Taylor
    • Presentation about the new Proto Throttle from Iowa Scaled Engineering.

Modeling Theme: Offline Structure
Other Activities: Door prizes, white elephant table, 50-50 raffle, coffee and donuts. 
Special Business Meeting: Renaming Pride of Dixie award in memory of Chuck Hladik
Lunch: On your own with lots of restaurants nearby.  Maps and directions will be provided.
Special Afternoon Tours:  
1:00 pm – The High Bridge Display at the Prince Edward County Visitors Center (121 East 3rd Street, Farmville, VA 23901) presented by Richard McClintock
  • Richard will show the scale model that he built of the 1853 High Bridge (the original bridge) and talk about how he created it.
  • You’ll view a display of photos of the building of the 1914 High Bridge (the current bridge) taken by Willis Vale, Chief Engineer for the N&W project.

2:30 pm – Tour of High Bridge, led by Rod Vance at High Bridge Trail State Park, Camp Paradise (1466 Camp Paradise Road, Rice, VA 23966), about a 15 minute drive from the Prince Edward County Visitors Center.  Maps and directions will be provided.
  • High Bridge is less than ¼ mile from the Camp Paradise parking lot; easily accessible via the crushed limestone flat trail on the old South Side Rail Road / N&W roadbed.
  • On the guided walking tour, you’ll see one of the remaining redoubts (earthen forts) that protected High Bridge during the Civil War.
  • You’ll walk on the 1914 High Bridge, and see one of the abutments and the remaining brick piers of the 1853 High Bridge.
  • Rod will narrate the walking tour, which is expected to last approximately 1 hour.  Narration will include history of the 1853 High Bridge, the battles and burning of High Bridge during the Civil War, and building of the current High Bridge in 1914.


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