Welcome to the very bottom of the Saluda Grade
in Tryon, North Carolina.

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From here it is all up hill till you crest the top of the "hump" at Saluda, NC.  Tryon was one of the few locations where passing tracks were installed long enough to allow freight trains to park outside while passenger trains stoped at the Tryon Station. 

This was considered a major stop over between Spartanburg and Asheville NC.  Mail moved by train as  trucks were not used at all except to move mail out on the rural routes.

We show the Crain that was dropped off for use on the track between Tryon and Melrose in the curve that has caused a number of train / car accidents.  It was used to remove a large part of the embankment and load the dirt into gondolas.

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