Norfolk Question: Passenger Engines
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-Ken:You are correct -- for a brief period in thelate 1930s or early 1940s, Norfolk SouthernRailway did service Virginian's passengerpower. An NS hostler ferried both the NSand VGN engines to Carolina Shops forservice. There seemed to be several reasonswhy VGN cancelled the service:
1- NS had no stoker-fired engines and the hostler and crew entertained themselves by tinkering
with the flow of coal. Consequently, VGN engine crews reported at Terminal Station only to find the fire box filled with non-burning coal.
2- VGN train and engine crews for passenger trains went on and off duty at Sewalls Point before the arrangement with NS. After NS serviced the loco- motives, VGN put the crews up at a hotel on East Main Street - just a short distance from the station. Hmmm - East Main Street -- tattoo parlors, burlesque theaters, and hotels that rented rooms by the hour. When families in Victoria (home Terminal) heard of this arrangement, the town went to "8" on the Ricter Scale. Harry Bundy
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