N&W/C&O merger was Re: Crane

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Mon Aug 28 20:15:40 EDT 2006

Your comments bring up some questions - namely how far along did the N&W/C&O route rationalization planning proceed before the merger was nixed?

I believe the C&O Northern Subdivision was preferred over the N&W Columbus District between Portsmouth and Columbus. My grandfather was a signal maintainer for the C&O on the Northern and said that the railroad had power switches on order to put on the B&O Portmouth Sub to improve the flow of N&W traffic to the C&O at Sciotoville. With this in mind it appears that Star Yard would have been retained and all trains to and from the N&W would require the power switching ends at Portsmouth due the connection with the C&O.

Any other merger related items to share?


nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org wrote: This decorated NS crane reminds me of a story told to me by a C&O manager
while we were inspecting facilities at points where each railroad had a
facility, but where one facility would become redundant in the proposed
1965 merger of the N & W and C & O.

He said that there was a C & O car general foreman in Ohio who took great
pride in the appearance of his wreck derrick, even to the point of taking it
on him self to add the C & O's then-current logo. He was called on the
carpet later for his poor judgment.

It seems as though there was a major derailment pile up in his territory and
the local newspapers and TV station had a field day showing the piled-up
cars surrounding the general foreman's customized derrick sporting the logo,
"C & O for Progress!"

Gordon Hamilton

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