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In 1948 the Clinchfield planned to install US&S CTC from Erwin, TN south to Clichco, VA 120 miles. The work from Erwin to Delano was completed in 1951. In 1951 it planned to extend CTC south to Spartanburg, SC. The CTC machine was in Erwin. In 1953 it completed the CTC installation from Elkhorn City to Spartanburg. At the time there were three northbound passenger trains a week and three southbound passenger trains a week. There were three northbound freights and two southbound freights each day, plus coal, lots of coal.
Clinchfield engine 3621 is at Bostic, NC on February 21, 1981. That is the yard office over to the left.
Engines 8128, 3609, and 3018 have just brought a loaded coal train over the mountain from West Virginia. The crew will set out about 40 cars in the small yard at Bostic.
The engines are shoving a short cut of cars into the yard.