N&W No. 9 mail service on the Bristol Line

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Fri Mar 6 08:57:21 EST 2020

This has been pretty well answered by others already, but this may
summarize it, except for the size of the RPO section.  Frank Sheer is the
guru for that and has promised an answer.

According to the 'Norfolk and Western Railway Company Transportation
Department Consist of all Main Line Passenger Trains" issue of March 15,
1954, train No. 9 carried a Roanoke-Knoxville Mail and Baggage car.  When
this document uses "Mail", as opposed to "Storage Mail", it's a working
RPO.  The document's listing for No 10, the EB equivalent of No. 9, says
that the Knoxville-Roanoke "M&B" comes into Bristol on Southern train No.
4. I don't have any Southern timetables for that period until 1958 and
there's no No. 4 by then, but logic says there was probably a "No 3" that
took the "M&B" car beyond Bristol to Knoxville.


Dave Phelps

On Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 6:26 AM NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>

> In the 1950s N&W No 9 on the Bristol line carried a Baggage Mail car.  Was
> the mail section a working RPO and what was its size?
> Glenn Fisher
> Cornwall PA
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