Last Steam Locomotive on the Shenandoah

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Wed Mar 7 08:07:54 EST 2007

The following item was printed in the February 22, 2007, issue of the
Page News and Courier (Luray, Virginia):

50 YEARS AGO: Last steam locomotive

The last steam locomotive to run over the Shenandoah Division of the
Norfolk and Western furnished the motive power on Wednesday morning of
this week to pull train No. 1 from Hagerstown to Roanoke. The engineer
was S.E. Basore and the fireman was L.G. Fox. The locomotive No. was 129.

G.W. Strum, yard superintendent at Shenandoah, said this week that the
Shenandoah facilities were being geared for diesels. At present the
machine shop is being dismantled as diesels will be serviced at Roanoke.
All machinery is being shipped away or sold. The force at Shenandoah is
being materially reduced, although all men being displaced are being
transferred and reassigned to new positions.

There are about 40 diesels in use on this division at this time, Mr.
Strum said.

Bernie Hylton

"Let it snow...let it snow...let it snow!"

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