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N&W's involvement with TAT appeared in the PRRT&HS's Summer, 2003 edition of
The Keystone, p. 46. Here are some excerpts:
1- "On August 1, 1929, the N&W became one of three railroads in the United States offering
an air-rail route from coast-to-coast partner Transcontinental Air Transport."
2- "Train #23 arrived at Broad Street Crossing in Columbus at 7:35 (AM),. . . A TAT
Aerocar met Train #23 and conveyed passengers to Port Columbus, where breakfast
was served prior to boarding the Tri-motor scheduled to leave at 8:45 a.m."
A correction to what was previously sent - TAT's Aerocars (there were 13) were NOT busses,
but a trailers hauled by an automobiles. It had been designed by Ford and closely resembled
what an Air Stream trailer looks like today.
3- "Westbound, ticket agents of the Norfolk & Western sold tickets via rail and plane to
Los Angeles and San Francisco, Cal. or to any intermediate point at which planes were
scheduled to stop."
4- "Eastbound, TAT ticketed passengers to any point on the Norfolk & Western in West
Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina" (but apparently not Ohio),
5- "N&W's service lasted over a year".
The article was published in the Norfolk & Western Magazine, Vol. 7, Number 9, but the
bound volume for 1929 has been checked out of the archives and I'm not able to offer any other
If you have any interest in TAT, The Keystone article is a "must read" complete with a
multitude of b&w photos and with logos, brochure covers, baggage labels, and playing cards in
Not N&W-related, but on March 31, 1931, a Fokker Tri-Motor left Kansas City at 9:15 a.m.
Less than an hour later, it was a mass of twisted steel, wood, fabric and aluminum in a
wheatfield near Bazaar, Kansas. The crew and six passengers were killed -- including
Knute Rockne of Notre Dame fame. He was en route to Hollywood to serve as a technical
advisor. Harry Bundy
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