Yesterday we drove from Front Royal, Virginia to Grassy Cove, Tennessee, which is a VERY long drive.  We usually plan on stopping somewhere for the kids to burn off some energy, and yesterday’s stop was at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke.  I can find an interesting (to me) hardware application just about anywhere, and the most interesting hardware I found was in the President’s One train car, which was built in 1916.  There were double-acting spring hinges, a sliding door on a curved track, and some double-acting deadlatches – all still in working condition.  Pretty cool.  Click any of the thumbnails below if you’re interested in seeing larger views of the photos.

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img_14231I also found an egress situation worth mentioning.  A portion of the museum was outside, surrounded by a fence.  Typically, when you have an exterior area like a courtyard or terrace, you need to allow egress – either through a gate or back into the building.  I didn’t see a gate, or signage directing occupants to exit through a gate, and the main doors back into the building are pictured at right.

The museum had obviously requested a variance for security reasons, and the photos below illustrate the procedure for egress from the enclosed exterior area.  There were two additional exit signs on the platform (at the locked single door and at the yellow chain barrier pictured below), but there were no usable exits at those locations.

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Don’t worry…Chip Falcon is still traveling with us and I’ll post more about him tomorrow.

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