N&W and Southern Thru passenger service

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Mon Nov 5 10:28:22 EST 2012

Southern diesels began running through BEFORE N&W put diesels on theri own
trains in the summer of 1958. This practice continued. Why change engines at
Bristol and Monroe?

Jim Nichols

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Subject: N&W and Southern Thru passenger service

I took the following question from the Southern Group and am asking if anyone
could explain further?

I've noticed that several of Southern and Norfolk and Western's joint trains
like the Birmingham Special and Tennesean often had Southern power on the N&W
portion of the route after the N&W became 100% diesel, was this normal and did
all trains do this and does anyone have any info on why N&W's passenger GP9's
were not used instead?

James Wall
Rural Hall, NC
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