Railway Express Agency
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Sat Jan 13 20:32:07 EST 2007
With the exception of No. 4 (Pocahontas) in the mid- sixties, I did not see REA reefers on N&W trains in Lynchburg. No. 4 would sometimes have one or two. Perhaps other trains had them also but these are all I can report.
The Southern trains on the N&W (17/18, 41/42, 45/46) did carry REA reefer in larger numbers. It would not be unusual to see 3 to 5 on No. 46 at Lynchburg in the early/mid sixties. This train also used a number of Pennsylvania Railroad box cars for storage mail.
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You could see REA Express reefers on N&W trains, but not in great
numbers like you would see on larger passenger roads. Seems that
most REA business was handled in regular baggage cars on N&W. I have
seen only a few pictures of REA reefers on N&W trains, and those were
in the diesel era. I would venture to say that most of the time,
these REA cars were not running in refrigerated mode, but were
hauling storage mail or other sealed express shipments.
At 11:12 AM 1/11/2007, you wrote:
>I have the TLC N&W Passenger Book. It seems there is
>little mention of Railway Express Agency in the book.
>I personally have no recollection of seeing any
>growing up in the 60s. Does this mean you'd never see
>a REA Express reefer (green) on an N&W passneger
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