N&W Amtrak service

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Fri Sep 24 11:59:43 EDT 2004

I beg to differ with Mr. Morrison on N&W Amtrak service.

Amtrak service started in the spring of 1975 as trains nos. 54-55 "the 
Mountaineer", running as a connection with trains nos.50-51 "the Jame W. 
Riley" (later known as the Cardinal) from Catlettsburg, KY to Norfolk, VA. 
This train lasted for approximately 18 months until it was annuled by the 
great Chicago freeze in the winter of 1976-77 (that winter took many older 
steam heated cars out of service). It was then replaced by "the Hilltopper" 
that ran from Catlettsburg, KY to Washington, DC until the fall of 1979.

Allen Evans

>From: nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org
>Reply-To: "N&amp;W Mailing List" <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>
>To: "N&amp;W Mailing List" <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>
>Subject: Re: N&W Amtrak service
>Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 08:49:21 -0400
>The last N&W passenger service to Norfolk ended May 1, 1971 with the 
>formation of Amtrak.  Trains 3 & 4 were the last.  15 & 16, and 25 & 26 
>were gone by 1969 or 1970.  The only other service by this late date was 
>the remnant of the joint N&W-Southern service between Lynchburg and 
>Bristol.  Amtrak assumed no service on N&W routes.  "The Hilltopper" which 
>appeared later, operated over part of the N&W mainline.  It did not serve 
>Norfolk.  The only passenger service to Norfolk was, and continues to be 
>that operated on CSX (former C&O) to Newport News.
>Rick Morrison
>At 11:03 AM 9/22/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>>Would like information as to when N&W ended passenger train service from 
>>and into Norfolk, primarily trains 3 & 4, 15 & 16, and 25 & 26? Also, did 
>>Amtrak take over operation of these trains to and from Norfolk, and if so 
>>when and for how long?
>>Herman Wilkins
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