!952 Eisenhower Special
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Thanks for this additional information. Did the train travel from Charlotte to Winston through Barber or through Greensboro? I assume it would have been Barber since the train was in reverse order coming into Winston but in correct order going out.
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In connection with recent discussion. we did some research @ NWHS archives this week in Roanoke. The 2 J's came to Winston pulling 2 diners for the special and then were turned very carefully on the balloon track @ North Winston. The Southern pulled the train in reverse order from Charlotte so it would leave W-S in the correct order. Eisenhower spoke from a platform in the plaza in front of Union Station, so he did not need the observation car in W-S. While he was speaking N&W cut the 2 diners into the middle of the train. The train came into Charlotte from Washington and in 1952 Southern had no way to turn the train in Charlotte or W-S.
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