Christmas Eve 60 Years Ago

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Sun Dec 24 14:10:17 EST 2017

60 years ago tonight Mr. Link made his famous Christmas Eve recording of Class J 603 powering Train 42,The Pelican, at Rural Retreat, Virginia.

December 31, 1957 was the last night steam powered Southern's through trains between Bristol and Monroe.

We are all blessed by his vision and efforts.

Also locomotive 2300, Jawn Henry, was permanently retired on this same date and moved from Shaffers Crossing to East End Shops for scrapping. It's final 'trip' after only 3 1/2 years.

Wishing all a nostalgic Merry Christmas.

John Garner
Newport VA

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