This heavy-duty industrial support Single-Strut was salvaged from the Chesapeake and Ohio (C & O) locomotive repair and maintenance facility in Clifton Forge, Virginia. In 1902 the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O) operated as a coal freight and passenger depot for their successful operations in the New River Gorge. This solid steel single support strut was once used in the maintenance facility and is available to be creatively repurposed! The strut could be used in your workshop or business to support a very heavy load or it could become a sturdy, authentic, industrial table or desk base.
The 25.75" tall support was once used to support a set of railroad tracks above a locomotive maintenance pit, allowing a mechanic to safely access the underside of an engine or railcar. The cast-steel struts were aligned in parallel to support the massive weight of a locomotive when over the pit.
History: Salvaged from a locomotive repair and maintenance facility in Clifton Forge, Virginia.
The station at Clifton Forge was built in 1902 by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O) as a coal freight and passenger depot for their successful operations in the New River Gorge.
The land in the southern Shenandoah Valley that Clifton Forge now occupies was originally part of a 1770 land grant from the Governor of Virginia to Robert Gallaspy. Incorporated in 1884, the C&O named its new depot at the east end of town, “Clifton Forge.”
Clifton Forge has had ties to the railroad industry since 1857, when the Virginia Central Railroad extended its line, and when the line to Richmond was completed in 1881, the town prospered. The C&O used Clifton Forge as a maintenance facility for its steam locomotives and crew change point. At its peak, the railroad employed over 2,000 people in Clifton Forge. The town is still a major focus city for CSX operations in the region. The maintenance shops closed in the late 1980's [from the Great American Stations website].
The recent salvage of the maintenance facility was featured on the DiY Network show, "Salvage Dawgs", Season 8, Episode 11.
Weight: 200 lbs,
Measurements: 25.75"H x 14"L x 15"W.
Condition: The solid cast steel is structurally sound and shows no cracks, bends or repairs. Surface will show surface scuffs, scratches and patina as expected with age and use. Not all struts will have the horizontal bar at the mid-section.