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Old Oct 20, 2012, 9:54 PM   #1
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This is main street in what was once the thriving town of Thurmond, West Virginia. Yes, main street was the three track railroad. Thurmond existed purely to serve the coal hauling steam powered railroads and featured a hotel, bank, restuarants, etc (see buildings on the left side of the picture). Alas, with the arrival of the diesel age, the need for mainentence declined and so did the reason for Thurmond's existence.

Today, Thurmond has 5 residents and exists as a historic town run by the National Park Service. The station (yellow building on the right) is a whistle stop for the thrice weekly Amtrak Cardinal which runs between NYC and Chicago and is also a museum featuring the history of the town. Today, the railway is also active with CSX trains that haul coal in and out of West Virginia as shown here.

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Interesting shot; I like the perspective of the composition.
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