1908 - Forty-Three Sure to Come

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Roanoke Times - February 21, 1908


Persistent Rumor That Southern Train Will Operate on N. & W.

It is persistently rumored among the employes of the Southern
Railway that that company has under consideration the proposition to
operate train No. 43, the solid mail and express train, over the
Norfolk & Western or Chattanooga route, instead of via Charlotte and
Atlanta, as has been the case since this service was instituted with
train No. 97 some years ago. The train would be brought to Lynchburg
and delivered to the Norfolk and Western, which system would handle
it to Bristol, returning it to the Southern at that point.
It is said the Southern has lost a number of valuable connections
out of Atlanta and Birmingham to the South and Southwest, and it was
for this reason that the postal authorities found it necessary to
extend the mail routes on Nos. 41 and 42 over the Southern to
Washington from Lynchburg. These trains are now carrying through mail
cars from Washington to Chattanooga, all of the mail for
Alabama, Mississippi and States west and south of the Mississippi
now being taken by this route.
This same report has it that train No. 44, which is operated as a
through train between Atlanta and Lynchburg, and a slow local between
Lynchburg and Washington, will be discontinued between Atlanta and
Lynchburg, the company making provision for a northbound local out of
Lynchburg in the afternoon to take place of No. 44.


- Ron Davis, Roger Link

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