Christmas Eve 60 Years Ago

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Mon Dec 25 11:50:45 EST 2017

See article in the Arrow, Vol.25, No.4 regarding the date. There are also three versions of the recording - the Fading Giant LP (about 6 minutes), the single CD same title (about 11 minutes), and the box set of CDs (about 11 minutes). The longer versions have more leading and trailing sections. Probably the most evocative railroad recording ever made. Play it every year, regardless of the exact date.

Dave Stephenson

    On Monday, December 25, 2017, 7:29:34 AM EST, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:  
 60 years ago tonight Mr. Link made his famous Christmas Eve recording of Class J 603 powering Train 42,The Pelican, at Rural Retreat, Virginia.

December 31, 1957 was the last night steam powered Southern's through trains between Bristol and Monroe.

We are all blessed by his vision and efforts.

Also locomotive 2300, Jawn Henry, was permanently retired on this same date and moved from Shaffers Crossing to East End Shops for scrapping. It's final 'trip' after only 3 1/2 years.

Wishing all a nostalgic Merry Christmas.

John Garner
Newport VA

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