N&W E2a 578 double header in New York Times?
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Ken Miller is correct. I have a copy of the June 1957 N&W magazine with a feature article about this excursion. It was not exactly a special train as it operated as trains 5 and 6 that day doing its usual head end and passenger work. Instead of it's normal 3 or 4 cars, the train swelled to 10 cars carrying over 250 passengers. From photos in the magazine, it looks like the sleeper was a heavyweight 10-1-2 from the Pullman pool, and an N&W dining car was in train next to the sleeper.
The photo runby was at Holbrook tunnel. Power for the train was the usual 578 leading, along with protect engine 563 from Bluefield.
Incidently, Ed King mentioned the removal of water stops on the Clinch Valley District. One of the early issues of the defunct Mainline Modeler magazine had photos of the Clinch Valley train with an auxillary water tender behind 578. I recall seeing a photo somewhere of a Y6 pulling number 5 or 6 on at least one occasion.
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From N&W Magazine, June 1957
This was an excursion trip, May 4, 1957 sponsored by the Southern Region of the NRHS, it was not necessarily marketed as a “Farewell to Steam”. The group came out of Washington DC onFriday, May 3 in a special coaches on The Birmingham Special, Pullman passengers came out of DC that night on the Pelican.
They left Roanoke early Saturday morning via the Cavalier and met up with 30 or so more folks from the west at Bluefield. The additional cars were added to No. 5 for the trip on the Clinch Valley and returned as No. 6 that evening. The cars were switched over to the Cavalier and back to Roanoke. Then after some rail fanning on Sunday morning, the cars were put on the Tennessean for return to DC.
On Nov 12, 2018, at 11:38 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
The last run of 5 and 6 might have very well taken place on April 4, 1959, but the run had been dieselized for some months before. By the Spring of 1959, most if not all of the water stations on the Clinch had been eliminated, and neither of these engines has an auxiliary tank, meaning that they had to get water somewhere even with the 18,000 gallon tenders. I still vote for the NRHS 1957 Convention.
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