Last Steam Locomotive on the Shenandoah

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Wed Mar 7 21:39:27 EST 2007

This was the last "official" use of steam, as the Pennsylvania Railroad,
whose facilities the N&W used at Hagerstown had discontinued its servicing
of steam motive power. However unofficially, the Class M2 4-8-0s at
Waynesboro continued to work a while longer. A similar situation occurred in
the mid-1980s when N&W/NS retired all ALCO diesel power. However the CW Alco
T6s continued to work for about a week longer. Mason Cooper

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Subject: Last Steam Locomotive on the Shenandoah

> The following item was printed in the February 22, 2007, issue of the

> Page News and Courier (Luray, Virginia):


> 50 YEARS AGO: Last steam locomotive


> The last steam locomotive to run over the Shenandoah Division of the

> Norfolk and Western furnished the motive power on Wednesday morning of

> this week to pull train No. 1 from Hagerstown to Roanoke. The engineer

> was S.E. Basore and the fireman was L.G. Fox. The locomotive No. was 129.


> G.W. Strum, yard superintendent at Shenandoah, said this week that the

> Shenandoah facilities were being geared for diesels. At present the

> machine shop is being dismantled as diesels will be serviced at Roanoke.

> All machinery is being shipped away or sold. The force at Shenandoah is

> being materially reduced, although all men being displaced are being

> transferred and reassigned to new positions.


> There are about 40 diesels in use on this division at this time, Mr.

> Strum said.


> ###

> Bernie Hylton


> "Let it snow...let it snow...let it snow!"


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