Passenger Exchange N&W to PRR

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Tue Aug 8 23:14:03 EDT 2006

My September 28, 1947 Norfolk and Western public timetable shows sleepers
New York - Roanoke, coaches Harrisburg - Roanoke, and dining cars Shenandoah -
Roanoke. Growing up in Bluefield, my dad often had to travel to New York
City. He'd typically go coach to Roanoke and pick up the New York sleeper in
Roanoke. Apparently it was not unusual for the diner to be a PRR diner (in
which case he'd eat at the station in Roanoke!), so it's entirely possible that
the diner just shut down after Shenandoah but stayed in the train. I'm sure
others will fill in the missing details.

Dave Phelps

In a message dated 8/8/2006 10:32:40 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
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On Train 2, the northbound from Roanoke to Hagerstown, MD, there was a
through sleeper to New York. I've also seen mention in public timetables that
there was coach service to Harrisburg. So it seems very likely that the entire
train could have been handed over to PRR at Hagerstown, with the reverse move
becoming N&W Train 1 southbound.

Anyone know more about this?

Jim Brewer

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I seem to remember (as a young boy in the late 40's) that in Hagerstown, MD,
arriving N&W trains would remove the engine, connect a Pennsy engine & pull
most of the cars north.

The converse was true - Pennsy engines would disconnect from southbound
trains & N&W engines would connect & head south.

Someone may know exactly which trains & which cars were "pulled-thru" but in
an earlier time this is my 55 years ago memory.

Also, a big thank you to Tom Cosgrove, Jim Brewer & Phil Miller for
providing information about scanner frequencies.

Terry Marshall
Hagerstown, MD

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