Durham District in the '50s?

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Mon Mar 28 13:19:27 EST 2005


Thanks for correcting my correction!  This is not the first time that my
face has been Tuscan red in a matter such as this.  In looking up the build
dates for the first four GP-9s in the little Classification and Description
booklet, I must have been cross-eyed to have imagined them to be in the
first row where the blanks for the unused numbers 700 - 709 resided.

Gordon Hamilton

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The first GP9s were numbered 10-13, all shown by the equipment record
book as delivered on October 5, 1955. They were reneumbered 710-713
between April 6-13, 1956 at Lynchburg. The RS-3s were numbered 99-96,
and a second batch delivered in February 1956 were numbered 95-92, they
were renumbered 300-307 in 1956.

To the best of my knowledge, there was never an N&W GP9 numbered
700-703, the series 700-709 was left empty in the diesel era.

Ken Miller

<Thank you Gordon for setting the record straight on the RS-3s. I knew
that from William Warden's book, Norfolk & Western: Diesel's Last
Conquest. I just made a mistake with the date.


In a message dated 3/26/05 5:13:41 PM Eastern Standard Time,
nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org writes:


Just to set the record straight, the diesels were introduced to the
Durham Line in late 1955 instead of late 1956. Four EMD GP-9s (No. 700
- 703) were delivered Sept. 1955, and four Alco RS-3s (No. 300 - 303)
were delivered Sept. and Oct. 1955. It is my understanding that these
eight units were used to dieselize the Durham Line.

The additional four RS-3s (No. 304 - 307) were delivered in Jan. and
Feb. 1956, after which the N & W switched its Alco purchases to RS-11s.

Gordon Hamilton>
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