NS OCS Train Hits A Car In Appomattox Virginia

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Fri May 17 15:51:03 EDT 2019

Thank you for the explanation.

Ed Svitil
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I think it modern-day speak for “Office Car Special”. I never heard the term until recent years, it was always a “business car train” “special” “inspection train”. I guess in today’s world you need an acronym for everything.

Ken Miller

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When I say "OCS" was looking for some of my fellow graduates from Ft. Belvoir Officer Candidate School.  Pardon my ignorance, but what does "OCS" really stand for?

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Warning a woman was killed in this video of the Norfolk Southern Executive Train hitting a car that was on the tracks in Appomattox, Virginia May 1, 2019.

Unofficially, it was known as "The Kentucky Derby Special".  In the days before the
N&W/SOU merger, both roads operated a "Kentucky Derby Special".  On board
were company officers and the Bored of Directors touring the railroad.  One year,
the N&W "Special" went to Sandusky, and the highlight of the trip was an ALCO RS-3
assigned to yard service.  It was painted in the Pevler scheme and the yellow circle
with"N&W" had faded.   Some artist had drawn a "happy face" on it  That was enough to
cause R.F. Dunlap (V.P. - Operations) to giggle.      Harry Bundy

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