The Cannonball

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Sat Apr 23 07:09:10 EDT 2005

The Walthers car with the blue letterboard is a model of an ex-NKP car. At 
least one of them got repainted with a tuscan red letterboard before N&W 
went to blue. They ran briefly on the ex-NKP trains after the 1964 merger. 
After they were discontinued, they ran on ex-Wabash trains. And, yes, they 
were in this color scheme when sold to Amtrak.   Jim Nichols

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>From: JERSYSTMRR at  Add to Address Book
>Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 18:20:20 EDT
>Subject: Cannonball ?????
>To: f_scheer at
>Mr. Scheer :Can you give me any information on the
>former PRR-N&W-RF&P-ACL run through train to
>Norfolk(?) VA.  There is almost nothing in print about
>from the east coast rr's books.   Also, were the
>tuscan cars on PRR the same shade as those on the N&W,
>and likewise the RF&P ?
>I bought a Walthers HO scale N&W PS 52 seat coach
>model. All the photos of N&W cars I have seen were in
>tuscan.  Where did this Blue letterboard w/ gold
>lettering car and it's sisters operate,and were they
>painted in that color scheme when purchased by Amtrak
>in 1971-2.
>Thank you for any information you may have.
>Craig Harrison-NJ
>April 22, 2005
>Good morning, Craig:
>Bill Griffin has written some books about the RF&P
>that include some references to The Cannonball.  There
>are also several other historians and modelers who are
>can provide better information about the train consist
>than me.  I'll pass this along and invite people to
>write to you off-line at JERSYSTMRR at  If I see
>any relevant postings, I'll likewise forward them to
>There was a Railway Post Office (RPO) operated on this
>train prior to the 1960s, which was furnished by the
>N&W.  If you or others want more information about
>this RPO route, I can scan a schedule table and send
>it along.
>Best wishes,
>Dr. Frank R. Scheer, Curator
>Railway Mail Service Library, Inc.
>f_scheer at
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