Driving along the Ohio River on our way to Kennedy Marina and RV Park. I had high expectations since the Captain had booked us a spot right on the Ohio River.
|This area of West Virginia along the Ohio has a great deal of commerce and power plants.|
|This huge plant even extends across the highway and you drive through a tunnel below part of the building.|
|The sides of the roads are sheer rock that has been blasted away.|
|We followed Betty's directions ( our GPS system - doesn't everyone name theirs?) through the town of West Liverpool to cross the Ohio River to our RV park.|
|The road kept getting more narrow as we continued through old sections of the town.|
|We started seeing signs that weren't good but there was nowhere else to turn with a large rig.|
|As we reached the end of this road we could only turn left. To the right was a local hospital.|
|And this is where we came to a stop and we knew we were in big trouble. It was a narrow toll bridge with a weight limit of ten tons and a height inches shorter than our rig.|
What they also neglected to mention was that the RV Park and Marina was surrounded by factories that were also along the river. It was definitely an industrial area.
|But we did get some nice views of the water.|
|Heavy double-member roof trusses 13'4" on center bear on the masonry walls.|
|The Frog and Switch had some vintage train cars on display.|
|These metal railings are called 'frogs' and were made in the Frog and Switch Shop. Their purpose was to move a train from one track to another which is why you see the split section of the track.|
|The floors in some of the rooms were made of wood, too. These are end pieces of wood a foot long that were pounded into the ground.|
|These metal designed stops were used to protect the doors of the buildings.|
|An air operated drop hammer to forge steel.|
|A pot belly stove used for heating and cooking in a Caboose where the train crew lived on long trips.|
|The Caboose had windows in front and back that the train men had to continually look through to make sure the other railroad cars didn't have any embers burning on top of them.|
|The remains of an old caboose.|
|Some of the original chairs found on the passenger trains.|
|A rendering of the Roundhouse.|
|The frame was built in Baltimore and transported to Martinsburg. It is a high bell-shaped form functioning to remove hot locomotive gases and smoke and hovers above the turntable and pit while a low, ring shaped shed roof, separated from the bell by a ring of clerestory windows covers the locomotive repair bays radiation from the turntable. It is an engineering feat in itself .|
|In the center of the concrete floor is a 50' diameter turntable which acted as a rotating hub delivering locomotives into the work bays radiating from the hub like spokes on a wheel.|
|An old railroad car the museum wants to refurbish.|
|A track gauge used to measure and level the railroad tracks as they were being placed.|
|A typical track section and what was needed to assemble it.|
These are cut spikes. They consist of a square shank and a chisel end which allows the spike to be driven into the tie without splitting the wood. It is the most common type of spike in North America.
|Railroad rails and other parts were cut here. Overhead cranes were used to position material into and out of the Saw Shop. Rail cars were used to move the finished materials into the Frog Shop or other shops.|
|This building is the Bridge and Machine Shop. It was used to build bridge sections and other large equipment used by the railroad. The building is 60 feet by 185 feet. The second floor is suspended from the roof trusses by wrought iron rods leaving the ground floor area uninterrupted by columns|
|The doors are large, heavy duty and located in the end of each gable. There are double-hung windows which fill the space allowing maximum natural light and ventilation.|
|The second floor with the suspended roof trusses.|
|This is a view of a beam crane located outside the Bridge and Machine Shop which was used to lift heavy components such as bridges and other parts in and out of the building.|
|A picture of the Martinsburg B&O Railroad Complex in earlier days with the town in the background.|
|This is all that remains of the East Roundhouse. It was built in 1872 and was destroyed in 1990 when some young vandals started a fire among piles of discarded pallets that were stored there.|
|The train station in Martinsburg is still in use today with Amtrak.|
|In its day the other building was also a large hotel for the daily travelers.|
|The older downtown area of Martinsburg still reflects its history.|
Our next stop will be at Harper's Ferry as we head out of West Virginia. We wanted to stop at this historic area because we had heard so much about it.
But before I leave, the Captain and I wanted to share this wonderful fall yard scene we saw along our travels. I'm always amazed at the creativity and design people use to celebrate the colorful season. Peace!