The Welcome Center was recently adorned with yet another piece of artwork, a picture of the 30th anniversary of Norfolk and Southern Railroad, adding to the wonderful tapestry of local history.
The artwork was donated by David Timmerman of Lucasville, a former Norfolk and Southern worker, who said he thought the picture would be put to use best by donating it to the Welcome Center for the public to view.
“It is a picture of the 30th Anniversary of Norfolk and Southern Railroad of all of the Predecessor locomotives in a big semi-circle in the Roundhouse in North Carolina. It is a very pretty picture with all of the logos of all of the Predecessors that were all combined over the years to make the current Norfolk and Southern Railroad,” Timmerman said. “Instead of hanging the picture in my garage or my workshop where no one would ever see it, I thought I would share it with the community. We have a lot of railroad fans around here, and the Railroad helped build this town. So, I just wanted to share that picture with anyone who happens to come into the Welcome Center.”
After a lengthy history of 40 years of working in the Railroad system, Timmerman and his wife Tootsie Timmerman returned to reside in the local area.
“I started out working for the Southern Railroad in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and then after the Railroads combined, I worked at various locations, Decatur, Illinois, Indiana, here in Portsmouth, Ohio, and then I ended up in Roanoke, Virginia, and was promoted several times,” Timmerman said. “After I retired from the Railroad my wife wanted to move back to her home town here in Portsmouth, so that’s why we’re back. We currently live in Lucasville.”
Donna Arnett, administrative staff of the Welcome Center, said they are elated about having the Norfolk and Southern 30th Anniversary picture at the Center.
“The picture represents all of and Railroad organizations that finally worked their way down to Norfolk and Southern, starting with Conrail,” Arnett said. “David Timmerman was able to obtain the nice picture because he worked for the Railroad for many years. We are just delighted to have this beautiful piece of work here. It is inside of the Portsmouth Chamber office for right now, but I am sure we will find another place within the building which will allow it to be seen even more.”
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