locked Re: structures--specifically "section dwellings" -- how were they used?

George Eichelberger

The SRHA archives contain several versions of Section Foremans’ and Laborers’ houses. The designs changed over the years and do not appear to have been standardized across the SRS.  Many were sold through the 1950s. Typical prices were $100 or less with a requirement to get them off company property in 30 days. The archives contain quite a few sales records. A remarkable number exist even today. (The “Types” referred to in the ICC documentation do not appear to correspond to other records or documentation.)

The attached portion of one of the drawings shows the Section Foreman’s house built at John Sevier Yard. The photo, from 1917 is the Foreman’s house at Bamberg, SC. There were also designs for Agents’s houses and other job types.

All were accompanied by another Southern standard building; 1, 2 or 4 person privvys.

Between the drawings, photos, documentation and ICC records in the SRHA collections, some serious research is possible.

Note the Bill of Materials on the drawing. Local B&B gangs were expected to construct all types of building, sheds, etc. In some cases the Stores Dept. would load everything in a box car and send it to be built on site.


On May 7, 2020, at 4:30 PM, Carl Ardrey <carlardrey2005@...> wrote:

The property was divided in MOW territories called sections, usually 10-12 miles.  The MOW forces were housed in company houses to ensure their availability to being called out. The 4-room house is the foreman's house, equipped with a company phone, and the 2-room houses were for laborers.
On May 6, 2020 at 10:49 AM A&Y Dave in MD <dbott@...> wrote:

Hi all,

Can anyone help me?

I have been having fun searching through and understanding materials I have collected from the ICC valuation documents at the National Archives.  I live much closer to them than to the SRHA archives in Chattanooga :-(

I noted that the ICC designated structures by "Type" based upon the engineer's assessment of materials, design, and dimensions.  One category of structures was termed "Section Dwelling" and on the CF line there were two types (XII and XI) referring to a 4 room and a 2 room version.   See attached examples from Dalton, NC used by the ICC engineer to illustrate the 'types' for Val section 27.  As an aside, I love the engineer's notes talking about materials and construction techniques.  This could be useful to restoration of existing structures (Tim Carroll found the description of a lever car shed useful for that purpose) and of some use to modelers (at the risk of mentioning that on the wrong list).

Does anyone know how these would have been used?  Did the Southern consider them bunkhouses?  Or perhaps they were for section foremen to live in?  The photos and descriptions I have do not suggest they were used for family living.   These are the times that I wished I lived closer to Chattanooga and TVRM, sigh.  I'd be happy to write up an article for TIES about these interesting but often overlooked structures (as well as the tool houses and lever car shed) found on the CF line, if I had the details.

Dave Bott

P.S. I created a Group on Facebook to address the history of the Atlantic & Yadkin Railway, and I have been pleasantly surprised at the interest levels by people and all the historical information being collected and shared by folks other than me.  I've had a website on the A&Y for 15 years and am surprised how little people were aware of the depth of information in it. FB has increased awareness of the information, even though there are LOTS of concerns about FB.  By creating a focused group with control over membership, I can stay away from distracting and immaterial posts, but we can connect to the pages and groups dedicated to local and regional history. There is a Greensboro history group and a Chatham county group that have been particularly interesting and useful.  Not every one of the 130+ members  is interested in railroads, but they often have materials and photos that are relevant.  I mention this not to convince anyone to visit or create a FB group, but just in case you are interested in learning more about the history of the A&Y or the Piedmont region of North Carolina (which includes Winston-Salem as well as Greensboro and the A&Y).  Here's a link if this interests you:


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