The Cannonball

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Sun Apr 24 19:47:07 EDT 2005

For more information on this derailment of N & W 21, see my article, "N&W Steam vs. Southern Diesels" in the September/October 2004 issue of the NWHS publication, The Arrow.

Gordon Hamilton
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  In addition to PRR, RF&P, ACL, and N&W, there was another carrier involved.
  In the late 20's and early 30's, Norfolk Southern Railroad handled a New York-
  Virginia Beach Pullman from Union Station in Norfolk to the Cavalier Hotel using
  electric motors.

  I don't know if this is of any help, but on August 19, 1946,  N&W train No. 21,
  the westbound "Cannonball", derailed (due to irregular alinement of track) and
  fouled the eastward main track at Windsor, VA.  About 27 minutes later, it
  was struck by Extra 1207 East.  In the Mechanical Department files, I found
  drawing SK 480-M, dated August 21, 1946, showing position of derailed
  equipment.  It shows that No. 21 consisted of Engine No. 123 (and tender),
  Baggage and Mail car #1200, Passenger & Baggage Car No. 1500, Coach #1733,
  Coach #1734, and Pullman PORTSLADE.  The Pullman was a 10 section, 1
  drawing room and 2 compartment car, built for general service in December, 1915.
  Betcha PORTSLADE was Pullman green.
                                                                       Harry Bundy


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