Christmas Eve 60 Years Ago

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Tue Dec 26 08:51:47 EST 2017

John Garner, Newport VA, 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

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.


Train 42 carried a 60-feet Railway Post Office car on the WASHINGTON &
BRISTOL route.  Attached are a reverse view of a postmarker used on that
train as well as a 1955 schedule page.

Happy 2018 to all,

Frank Scheer
f_scheer at

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