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#yiv3382234258 #yiv3382234258 -- _filtered {} _filtered {}#yiv3382234258 #yiv3382234258 p.yiv3382234258MsoNormal, #yiv3382234258 li.yiv3382234258MsoNormal, #yiv3382234258 div.yiv3382234258MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:sans-serif;}#yiv3382234258 a:link, #yiv3382234258 span.yiv3382234258MsoHyperlink {color:#0563C1;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv3382234258 a:visited, #yiv3382234258 span.yiv3382234258MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:#954F72;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv3382234258 span.yiv3382234258EmailStyle17 {font-family:sans-serif;color:black;}#yiv3382234258 .yiv3382234258MsoChpDefault {font-family:sans-serif;} _filtered {}#yiv3382234258 div.yiv3382234258WordSection1 {}#yiv3382234258 One wouldn't think that the usual 7-car consist of No. 26would, on occasion, require that the train operate in sections.Remember that No. 26 terminated in Norfolk, site of theNaval Operating Base, NAS, headquarters for the 5th CoastGuard District, etc.  Sailors usually received a Christmasleave, but had to be back "on deck" by the morning of 2 Jan.With the surge of naval personnel returning to Norfolk, No. 26was operated in two sections.  Since No. 26 carried a minimalamount of head-end traffic, I can't tell you which section handledthe baggage/mail/express.
According to Louis Newton, the last 2/26 arrived Norfolk onJan. 2, 1957.  At the U.S. 17 crossing west of Bridge 7, oneof the sections struck an automobile.  As usual, the highwaypatrolman asked the engineer what the speed of the train wasat the time of the collision (about 12:30 AM).   The engineertold the patrolman he didn't know.  So the patrolman figuresthe engineer is too occupied with stopping the train.                                                   Harry Bundy 
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