N & WHS 2008 convention

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Wed Apr 16 21:48:01 EDT 2008

Gale Martin,

I appreciated learning of the model of N&W 578, and I am sure that many of the attendees at the N&WHS convention in Marion in June will enjoy the Marion County Historical Society's exhibits.

You should know that there was no image with your April 15 message, just a blank frame. Also, you might like to know of some corrections to the information in your message. The Norfolk and Western trains did not pass through Marion in the 1920's and early 1930's. The N&W did not reach Marion until it acquired the Pennsylvania RR's Columbus - Sandusky line on Oct. 16, 1964. Additionally, N&W 578 was built in 1910 by American Locomotive Company in Richmond, VA -- not in Roanoke, VA. Finally, the demise of the steam locomotive on the N&W occurred in May 1960 rather than the late 1940's. Possibly someone else can report how late N&W 578 operated into the final years of steam.

I hope the above information is of some help.

Gordon Hamilton
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Subject: N & WHS 2008 convention

Child Hood Memories of Norfolk and Western Railway Company’s Class E-2, NO. 578

In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s a Sunday afternoon’s recreation for Robert Miley and his father, Walter was to spend the afternoon watching the trains come and go in Marion Ohio. In those days they could watch them all from the platform of the Union Depot. The Chesapeake & Ohio, Baltimore & Ohio, New York Central, Pennsylvania, Erie, Norfolk & Western all passed through to the delight of rail fans young and old.

As an adult, Robert mourned the passing of those beloved days with his father and created the model shown above in memory of happy times spent with his father. The model is on display at the Marion County Historical Society Museum, Heritage Hall and is 97 inches long and 18 inches tall. Robert constructed this Norfolk & Western class E-2 entirely by hand in 1”= 1’ scale.

The original Norfolk and Western Railway Company’s Class E-2, NO. 578 was built in the Roanoke, Virginia shop of the American Locomotive Works. The engine was “shopped” many times during it’s service life and modernizing improvements were made. This model represents the original configuration plus subsequent changes. Number 578 remained in active service until the demise of the steam locomotive, circa the late 1940’s.

I would like to extend an invitation to all your members, convention attendees and interested parties to visit the Listen to the Rails: Marion, Crossroads of History exhibit at the Marion County Historical Society Museum, Heritage Hall between June 5 and October 26 2008.

I was delighted to learn that your convention will be held here in Marion from June 11 to 15 2008 and it seems that this exhibit is very timely. We will have many displays pertaining to the Marion rail systems and their importance to the growth of Marion, Ohio and the USA. While you are here enjoying the restored depot and interlocking tower, be sure to check out all of the great old and new photos of trains on exhibit and our exhibits containing interesting antiques and artifacts pertaining to the many rail systems which once ran (and still do) through Marion and Marion County.

The Marion County Historical Society takes great pleasure in extending an invitation to your organization to visit us, enjoy the exhibit and the gift shop with many Marion and train related items available for purchase.

Gale E. Martin, Director
Marion County Historical Society
169 E. Church St.
Marion, OH 43302
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