N&W 1950s wreck in West Virginia
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Wed Feb 13 07:13:28 EST 2019
Sure sounds like the 611 wreck.
On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 7:12 AM NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List <
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> From: Linda [mailto:lvmalo at comcast.net]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 3:06 PM
> To: fscheer at railwaymailservicelibrary.org
> Subject: RMS Library
> I am interested in information which you may not have, but I’m hoping you
> could guide me to resources if you don’t have it.
> My father was a railway postal clerk on the Norfolk and Western line
> running between Cincinnati and Bluefield, WV. I know there was a serious
> accident on this line sometime in the 1950s, but don’t know exactly where
> or when. According to family lore, the mail car ran down an embankment and
> into a ditch. The engineer was killed. It purportedly involved excess speed
> on a sharp curve and I believe it occurred on the WV part of the route,
> though I am not positive.
> Do you have any archival material that might help me to gather more
> information about this incident or, if not, could you suggest some other
> possible resources?
> Thank you. I very much appreciate your time.
> —Linda Malone
> Good morning, Linda:
> The RMS Library does not have specific information on the wreck although
> there would have been an Interstate Commerce Commission accident report
> prepared. I've copied a mailing list of N&W Railway historians and will
> relay to you any responses to your query.
> My other recommendation to you is that you request a copy of your father's
> official personnel file from the National Personnel Records Center near St.
> Louis. It is likely there is some information about his death in that
> file, as well as other career information.
> Best wishes,
> Dr. Frank R. Scheer, Curator
> Railway Mail Service Library, Inc.
> f_scheer at yahoo.com
> (571) 379-3409 - daytime cell
> In the 1913 former N&W Railway depot along Clarke County route 723
> 117 East Main Street
> Boyce, VA 22620-9369 USA
> Please note: only parcels sent via USPS can be accepted at this address.
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