Vol. 15, No. 4 July / August 1999  Issue Select 
Issue Details
Cover Title: N&WHS 15th Anniversary
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On the Cover: One of the famous class A's hauls a manifest freight up the Blue Ridge grade in April, 1958 as a lone bystander enjoys the show.
Articles In This Issue
Railway Post Office: The M1 / Part 3 of our continuing passenger series - James F. Brewer
  Photo M1 #96 in its company portrait shortly after being delivered. It has the tuscan red body with brown roof, pullman green trucks and black underframe. The lettering is dulux gold and the road name contains the ampersand. (Charles M. Schlotthober Collection)
  Photo The interior of M1 #96 is shown in this company photo, taken in 1938. (N&W Photo / VPI&SU Collection)
  Drawing MP Department Diagram of Postal Car Class M1. (James F. Brewer Collection)
  Photo M1 #90, the first of its class, has been "white-lined" and is being held for disposition. Its service door is painted the same color as the body, and the ampersand has been replaced by AND on the letter board. (Harry Stegmaier Photo)
  Photo In this photo, the service doors of M1 #98 have been painted bright red, similar, if no the same, color used on the railway's cabooses. The plates and sill plate surrounding the doors are painted black, although the plates have been shortened. This, and the black ends, were variant adopted in the late 50s. (Harry Stegmaier Photo)
  Photo M1 #93 is shown in the mid-60's "blue period", and features a black roof, underframe and trucks. Interestingly, N&W maintained the same lettering layout on this paint scheme, including the arched UNITED STATES MAIL. (Harry Stegmaier Photo)
  Photo In the early 60s, #93 was sold to the Florida East Coast, where it was repainted, renumbered and lettered for its new owner. FEC #323 is between runs in Miami, FL on 6/10/1962. (Seth Bramson Photo / James F. Brewer Collection)
  Photo After service on the FEC, M1 #93 was re-acquired by the N&W, repainted and returned to service with its original number. It served out its remaining days in that status until the U.S. Post Office decided in 1968 that the mail would no longer be moved by rail. Perhaps the most traveled M1, its was eventually donated to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, where it resides today. (Howard W. Ameling Photo / James F. Brewer Collection)
Classic Photos of N&W Steam / Previously unpublished photos, courtesy Ed King & the N&W Arvhives - Ed King
  Photo Class Y3a #2068 is in charge of this day's 33 cars which make up the "Potts Valley Shifter" at Walton VA, on its way to Radford, VA on 9/20/1957 (Ed King)
  Photo It's hard enough for those who didn't witness the steam era first hand to imagine one of these giants appearing on a daily basis, let alone two. But occasionally, double-headed coal trains provided a magnificent opportunity to feel the earth move beneath your feet. Class A #1219 (Ed King)
  Photo It may look like a scene straight out of the 30's, but in reality, the year is 1956, and the Virginia Creeper is headin' for home in Bristol after its all-day trek to West Jefferson, NC. Class M #382 is in charge with Engineer J.D. McNew at the throttle. (Ed King)
  Photo The "now departing" announcement has been made inside the Roanoke station as Class J #612 leaves with a passenger train. The streamlined beauty has apparently just received a wash job, and her clean lines glisten in the sun as she gets up speed. (N&WHS Archives Photo)
The Richmond Connection / A history of the Cannonball - Wally Johnson
  Photo In April of 1917, The Cannon Ball awaits its 9:00 a.m. departure from Richmond's Byrd Street Station. The 2 hour, 20 minute running time to Norfolk brought high-speed transportation to World War I-era travelers. This photo shows a rare, close-up look at one of N&W's original Class J #600 locomotives. (K.E. Schlacter Photo / Wally Johnson Collection)
  Photo ACL Short Run train #27 is led by N&W Pacific #563 as it accelerates away from the James River Bridge in Richmond near mile post 0 en route to Petersburg on 5/21/1950 (Wally Johnson Photo)
  Photo An N&W Class E2A Pacific hauls the Cannonball on March 11, 1950. The photo was taken just north of the Cary Street Bridge in Richmond.
  Timetable The 1945 Timetable for the Cannon Ball was convenient for all... while in 1962, it was anything but.
  Photo Class K2 #122 is in charge of this edition of the The Cannon Ball on 6/17/1950. A New York sleeper brings up the rear, and adds a touch of class as the trains hurries across the James River Bridge on its way to Petersburg and Norfolk. (Wally Johnson Photo)
The Search for N&W Treasures / An N&WHS member uncovers lost artifacts - Joey Bane
  Photo Nathalie, VA depot (Joey Bane)
  Photo Caboose #557735 at Halifax County Ready-Mix in Riverdale across from South Boston (Joey Bane)
Tales from the Front / The Christmas the Grinch REALLY stole - James B. Scott
Mundane Events, Big Effects / Does today's railfan have enough to admire? - Ed King
The Tennessean, Norfolk & Westerns Standard Tenders: Part 2 / The N&W 12's and the USRA Tanks - James Nichols
Current News / What's going on in today's railroading - Robert G. Bowers
The Virginian Local / New life on the West End - Martin E. Swartz
Virginian Model Review / Two models to expand your VGN fleet - William Mosteller
Vol. 15, No. 4 July / August 1999  Issue Select