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About a mile further south from NS Junction is Portlock, VA. This is where the Virginian Rwy crossed the N&W on its way up to Sewells Point Yard. The N&W acquire the Virginian Railway in 1959. In May 1976 N&W engine 1502 leads a train of empty coal hoppers bound for a coal mine in West Virginia. Engine 23 is taking a short cut of cars up to NS Junction for interchange with the Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line.
GP30 number 523 switches intermodal cars at Portlock Yard in South Norfolk on May 25, 1985. In the background you can see the old boarded up interlocking tower that once controlled train movements at the crossing of the Virginian Railway and the Norfolk & Western. The Virginia Railway ordered a GRS all relay interlocking for South Norfolk in 1949. It would control 10 switches and 14 signals. The Virginian Railway had its own coal unloading facility at Sewells Point up near the Navy Base. Disk 125