August, 2019
C&O 10-roomette/6-bedroom lightweight Pullman sleeping car No. 2624, City of Ashland , on train No. 42, the Virginia section of The George Washington at Richmond on March 28, 1971. This was just a month before Amtrak takeover of C&O service. The car looks nice, even at this late date. Note that the roadname has been removed from the letterboard. This was the case on many cars during the C&O/B&O era of the late 1960s.
(T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 24512)
Welcome  

The arrival of Chessie 29 last month was probably one of the most important events in the Society’s effort to recreate itself as a professional interpretative organization that can reach the general public. Our past has been centered in catering to railfans, modelers, railroadianna collectors, and other railroad hobbyists.
         
Thirty years ago, we recognized that our community of railroad-interested people was not replenishing itself, and that the only way the Society would survive into the more distant future was to change its outlook. That was when we reorganized, establishing a paid staff in our own building at Clifton Forge, and began to acquire large artifacts (locomotives, cars, and buildings). The intent was, and is, that in time these activities, oriented toward people outside the railfan/modeler community, would eventually take over the C&OHS and support its archival/intellectual collections. We recognized this would be a long and difficult process. It has been—perhaps more so than we expected. This is still our hope, but it has not yet happened.
         
The result has been the creation of our Heritage Center museum, probably one of the better small railway museums. Better because it was curated to acquire equipment that would tell a story, not just a collection of “railroad things.” People who visit tell us this often. They say that they get a good appreciation for the story instead of just looking at a bunch of equipment and artifacts. The trouble is, there are not yet enough visitors to support the institution.
         
Until now the locomotives and cars we have collected, though they told a great story, didn’t have the ability to attract many “outsiders,” the ordinary people who today know little or nothing about the American railroad experience. But, now that we have Chessie 29 we can begin to tie in the outside world because of its connection with Eisenhower, The Greenbrier Congressional bunker, and the Cold War era. This is something with which many people can identify.
         
We believe that Chessie 29 can help to accomplish this larger mission and help very materially in launching us into our second half century.
         
As with any project though, we have just begun. We acquired this gem without any cost whatsoever thanks to member Al Barbour donating it. It now falls to us to make something of it, and that’s going to require a great deal of work and money.
         
Part of the income we hope to get from my “Tom’s Coffee Club” giving program of a dollar-a-day from 400 members (1/6 th of the membership) will go toward the work on this car, among other things. That’s why it’s so important that we get the 400 folks to sign up. – We need a good chunk of the potential income just to keep the Society’s present functions going and our staff paid, so we need the full amount in order to use some for projects such as Chessie 29 . – I hope we will have your support! CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS or telephone 540-862-2210 and ask about the Coffee Club.
         
As we thought about what to show in the color album this month, we decided in keeping with the Chessie 29’s theme, we would place passenger car photos in the album, including business cars that were operating at the same time as the 29.

Chessie 29’s arrival was covered by TV stations, Chick here for one of the “spots” 


Sincerely,
Tom Dixon, Founder; Chief Historian
 
We continue to invite submissions of articles for possible publication in this e-newsletter medium and more importantly in our print magazine. If you want to do this and don't know how to start, contact Tom Dixon at 434-610-8959 or tdixon@cohs.org .
 
- Tom Dixon, Founder/Chief Historian
 
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Any of the images shown can be purchased as glossy prints sized to your specification, or as high resolution digital downloads at $8.95 each, or glossy photo prints at $8.95 each plus shipping and handling. For larger sizes call 540-862-2210 for quote. 
 
Finding More Photos
 
In these color albums each month we try to give you a look at some of the images in the C&OHS collection. If you want to look at more, go to the cohs.org web site. Once there, click the large Search the Archives button on the homepage. This will give you a space for KEYWORD. Put in here words that you think might have been used to caption the images for which you are looking. Color images all have the word COLOR in their caption.
 
Let's try an example: Say you want to look at box cars:
Enter the word BOX and that should produce for you a listing of every caption with that word. Now, you will get some that aren't cars (for example "smokebox"); just ignore them as you scroll through the listing. But suppose you wanted only color photos; then enter COLOR BOX and click the "ALL WORDS" box below the KEYWORD box. You can try all types of variations because entries were made over decades by many different people, so no uniform standard prevails. For example: some EMD units are cited with a dash and some without. Therefore, search twice, one with dash and one without. Example: GP-40, then a second search using GP40. This sounds a bit complicated, but after you use it and play around with variations, you can usually find what you want if we have it. Geographical locations are usually straight forward. Enter HINTON and you'll get all or photos taken at Hinton, and so on. Don't put in things that could complicate the search, for example DO NOT use Hinton, WV or Hinton, W. Va. or Hinton W.Va. etc. You can't presently search by division or subdivision and expect to get a complete result. Geographical searches should be made by station name. If you do not know all the station names on the C&O, you can purchase our 1948 "Station Book," (actual title C&O List of Officers, Agents, Etc.) catalog number DS-8-142 , or click here
 
Here's another example: Suppose you want to see Cushion Underframe Box Cars, just put in the word CUSHION.
 
Remember that the thumbnail images shown are low- resolution. When you order prints or digital downloads from us you will get the best high-resolution image we can make for you.

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If you have any problems when searching, please telephone us at 540-862-2210 weekdays 9-4 and ask for Michael. I will help you. Be on your computer, at the site, to take instructions.
 
-Michael Dixon 
-mdixon@cohs.org
 E-Newsletter Coordinator
C&O Historical Society
312 E. Ridgeway St.
Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Chessie 29 Arrives at the Heritage Center!
Chessie 29 , C&O's lightweight business car made famous by its transportation of President Eisenhower, has finally arrived at our Heritage Center Museum in Clifton Forge and was set on our tracks there on June 28.
           
The car was moved by Interstate Highway from near Pittsburgh to Clifton Forge during a three-day trek, under the close supervision of COHS Chairman Emeritus and Director Jim Corbett with arrival here on June 26th. It is the donation of Mr. Al Barbour, who also paid for the highway movement. We are reproducing below some photos showing the transit of the car and its placement at the Heritage Center.
           
The arrival was covered by TV station WDBJ out of Roanoke. To see their 1-1/2-minute news segment aired on the 26th, click here .
 
Because the car has such an important connection with Eisenhower, the Greenbrier Congressional Bunker, and that era, we are calling it our "Cold War Soldier." We plan to use this theme in an effort to attract visitors to our facility who might not otherwise be interested in railroads per se.
          
The car was built as a 5-bedroom/buffet/lounge/observation car by Pullman-Standard for C&O in 1950, but was almost immediately converted into a business car by Huntington Shops and went into service as C&O President Walter J. Tuohy's personal car, which he used until his death in 1966.
           
President Eisenhower traveled on Chessie 29 when he attended a "North American Summit" among himself and the leaders of Canada and Mexico at The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. in late March, 1956. It was during this trip that he met with Tuohy and they made the first agreement for construction of the Top Secret continuity-of-government bunker under cover of The Greenbrier's new West Virginia wing. This massive facility was built under strictest secrecy and was available for the relocation of Congress in case of the imminent threat of nuclear war. It was never activated, and was revealed to the public by a Washington Post reporter in 1992. It was then decommissioned but today is still in place. The Greenbrier presently conducts regular tours of the facility for interested people.
           
Chessie 29 was a key element in this important part of that well-remembered era of "Mutual Assured Destruction," that characterized the East-West struggle of the 1960s.
           
Now that we have Chessie 29 to serve as the centerpiece for the Society's second half-century of service, we still have the challenge of restoring it to its former condition and making it an attractive display for future generations. If you're interested in helping, contact C&OHS at mdixon@cohs.org with the subject line of " Chessie 29 Volunteer." we will try to organize some preliminary work in the near future. "Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their. . . well. . . society."
           
Additional photos of the car and its trek to Clifton Forge will be made available soon.
President Eisenhower greets Clifton Forge citizens who came to visit his train as it returned to Washington on March 28, 1956. He and brother Milton are talking to the crowd from the rear of C&O business car Chessie 29. (C&OHS Collection, COHS 2243)
The car being prepared for its move. Note the railroad wheelsets have been removed and the highway wheels installed. (Bruce Lightcap photo)
Lounge area of the car before its move. (Jim Corbett photo)
Chessie 29 en route from Pittsburgh to Clifton Forge. (Jim Corbett photo)
The car passes through Charleston, W. Va., note West Virginia capitol building to the right (now under renovation). (Photo by Mark Totten)
Jim Corbett helps direct Chessie 29 toward the Heritage Center. (Michael Dixon photo)
Volunteers Continue Work at Heritage Center!
We are fortunate to have some volunteers who help us with refurbishment, restoration, and maintenance of our equipment and facilities at the Clifton Forge Heritage Center - - - We need more, how about joining the crowd! (Contact tdixon@cohs.org)

The Chessie System caboose No. 903572 (formerly C&O No. 3572, formerly C&O No. 90086) was donated to us recently by CSX and moved to our Heritage Center in Clifton Forge. It had sat for many years at Quinnimont, W. Va. It is currently being refurbished/restored to Chessie System paint scheme by C&OHS Vice President Cliff Clements and several volunteers including: Eric Miller, Tristan Miller, and Greg Stevens. Steel work to replace rusted plates on the car sides is expected to begin shortly. We received a $1,000 donation toward this project from the Blue Ridge Chapter NRHS in Lynchburg, Va. this spring (as noted in the e-newsletter).
Work has been progressing on ex-Chessie System/C&O caboose No. 903572 in preparation for replacement of rusted portions of the steel sides. These photos show the caboose being cleaned at the Heritage Center by volunteers under the direction of Vice President Cliff Clements.











Left: Jamason Conn cleans the cab of J-3a No. 614.
Donation from Mike Burgett during the 2019 Conference!
During our annual conference, selling products directly to our attendees is a crucial part of making each year's gathering a success for our organization. The C&OHS's retail revenue at events, online at ChessieShop.com , and through our Heritage Center gift shop contribute to the society's operation all year. We want to thank member Mr. Mike Burgett for his donation at the 50th Annual Conference in Cincinnati of 100 "Chesapeake & Ohio's Alleghany Subdivision (the 1960s) in HO Scale" DVDs, which are valued around $2,200. With no cost-of-goods overhead to C&OHS, we were able to generate profit immediately at the Cincinnati conference and will continue to generate profit from the sale of these DVDs on our website. This donation from Mike Burgett shows the dedication and care so many of our members have for C&OHS and our financial well being, and deserves my personal thanks for his generosity and personal delivery directly to our merchandise room!

Sincerely,

Mark Totten
C&O Historical Society President
As explained above, member Mike Burgett, one of our modelers, hired a professional videographer (Delay in Block Productions) to create this superb video of his Alleghany Subdivision HO layout and its operation. The modeling is superb by any measure and the quality of the production excellent. Many modelers have chosen the Alleghany SD mainline as a prototype, while others simply like its ambiance. Run Time 36 minutes, Mike gave C&OHS 100 of these professionally packaged DVDs (see article above), so ALL the income will go into C&OHS projects! We sold about two dozen at the conference, but we still have plenty left. Get a great model show and help the Society as well.

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Attention Modelers!
We, the members of the COHS are organizing an N-scale modelers and operators group. We will operate using the T-Trak standard system which uses two Kato main tracks on modules of 1, 2, 3 and 4 feet in length. You model the scenery you are interested in. Your module will connect to other member’s modules to form a group layout. We already have folks working on their module(s). If you are interested in being a member of this group contact me at dperry2021@gmail.com . For further information on T-Trak, see the website - http://www.t-trak.org/index.html . We are planning a meeting at the COHS Heritage Center for information and discussions about the group, date to be determined. Come join us.

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C&OHS Receives Historical File Donation from N&WHS

First Photo: C&OHS President Mark Totten formally accepts donation from Archivist Kenneth Miller of the Norfolk & Western Historical Society an estimated 1,500 pages of documents on the C&O Railway M-1 steam turbine locomotive during an August 18 meeting in Roanoke, Virginia.

Second Photo: Mr. Miller and Mr. Totten review the cache of correspondence and drawings from manufacturers Baldwin Locomotive Works and Westinghouse, generously donated to the C&OHS by the N&WHS.
During a collaborative meeting in Roanoke, Virginia on August 18, 2019, C&OHS President Mark Totten met with Archivist Kenneth Miller of the Norfolk & Western Historical Society to receive a donation from N&WHS of what is probably the largest single cache of files in existence on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway's class M-1 Steam Turbine locomotives. The estimated 1,500 pages of materials, which include correspondence and drawings from manufacturers Baldwin Locomotive Works and Westinghouse, will allow the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society to advance our research into the three steam turbine locomotives built in the late 1940s for  The Chessie  passenger train. The N&WHS has donated these files in the spirit of cooperation and goodwill between our two historical organizations.

The M-1 was built for  The Chessie  and later used in everyday service until they were abruptly retired by the C&O Railway, the reasons for which have remained largely a mystery to historians. Contrary to the previously-accepted historical record, the donated files indicate the M-1 steam turbine locomotives were not a total failure, as has been the common belief for decades.

During the Roanoke meeting, Mr. Totten and Mr. Miller agreed that all railroad historical societies need to work more closely together to ensure the long-term survival of our missions facilitating historical preservation and interpretation. Moving forward, the C&OHS and N&WHS hope to develop a very productive relationship between the groups.
Color Album
C&O Passenger Train Cars in the 1950-1971 Era
You may ask why we say “passenger train cars” rather than simply passenger cars. This is simply being more precise and inclusive. After all, baggage, express, mail and company service cars, including business cars were all intended for use on passenger trains, but they didn’t carry the railway’s paying passengers.
         
We are currently designing a new book for release later this year that will deal with C&O’s passenger trains 1950-1971 with emphasis on the last decade of 1962-1971, illustrated with about 200 great color images.
Business Cars
All major railroads provided their officials with specialty cars that were termed “office cars,” or “business cars.” C&O used the term “business,” and usually kept a fleet of 10-15 cars in service. Each car had sleeping rooms, a small kitchen and steward’s quarters, a dining area, and an observation compartment so that the official riding the car could look out onto the roadway as the car traveled along on the rear of a train. Business cars were almost always carried at the end of the train for this reason. All the cars in C&O’s fleet were heavyweight types except for Chessie 29 . Even CSX today has a small fleet of business cars, but they are generally used for special events rather than regular transportation of officials.
Car No. 25 was parked at the White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. station in August 1970. Business cars were often in the park tracks behind the station here as officials visited C&O’s fabulous Greenbrier Hotel, where many company conferences and meetings were held. (COHS 20671)
Car No. 3 is on the rear of Train No. 14 on the Detroit-Grand Rapids line in Michigan, in April 1969. By then the poor little Pere Marquette District trains had shrunk to one or two cars. This one has a coach and a heavyweight 30-foot apartment RPO (Mail & Express (M&E)) car, and Business No. 3. This car was assigned at the time to the Vice-President, Operations.
(Gene Huddleston, COHS 21160)
Car No. 2 is seen in this nice view at Clifton Forge on Aug. 17, 1968, the giant station/YMCA looming behind it. (T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 36229)

No. 3 is at the Clifton Forge coach yard on June 14, 1970.
(Dorr Tucker photo, COHS 44917)
Coaches
The “bread and butter” of passenger trains was the coach traffic. C&O’s lightweight cars built in 1950 were perhaps the highest class of the type, with 52 seats divided into two cozy 26-seat sections, a partition and curved aisle way at the center with an etched glass window.
Typical of C&O’s cars is No. 1618 working in a B&O train out of Chicago on March 7, 1970. Several of C&O’s coaches were given hard springs for use on B&O in the mid-1960s. (Owen Leader photo, COHS 24676)
C&O’s lightweight coaches were divided in the center by this partition with etched glass and curved aisle. (T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 31436)
A nice stylized C&O system map was mounted in the center aisle way of the coaches. (T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 31437)
Many, but not all, C&O coaches suffered from rust beneath the fluting and had to have their sides replaced, as in this photo. The work was done in the mid-late-1960s when C&O/B&O was in operation, so the letterboard lettering was removed. This facilitated the car operating on either line. Taken at Huntington shops, Aug. 17, 1970. (T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 32745)
Diners
Dining cars were an important amenity for any passenger train. C&O operated full 32-36-seat heavyweight cars built in the 1920s-30s until 1962 when it rebuilt some lounge/buffets as diner/dormitory cars that were used to the end of service.
This is one of the 1948 Budd-built cars originally intended for use on connecting trains for The Chessie . It saw a lot of service on both C&O and later B&O. Numbered 1922 it had the characteristic Budd look. Seen here at Charlottesville in May, 1971 at the dawn of Amtrak. (T. W, Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 24552)
One of the rebuilt lounges, Bluegrass Club , is seen here providing diner and lounge service on Train No. 22, the Kentucky section of The George Washington , just arrived at Ashland in June, 1970. (Gene Huddleston photo, COHS 29907)
Head-end Cars
Only a couple of lightweight head-end cars were purchased. C&O simply repainted and upgraded its old heavyweight express, baggage, combination, and RPO cars and used them to the end.
Typical of C&O’s express car fleet is No. 265 taken at Newport News in 1971.
(T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 41950)
Some express cars were re-lettered for use as storage mail cars. These cars handled “closed pouch” mail from terminal to terminal. No. 241, so lettered, is at Huntington shops on Aug. 17, 1970. (T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 32740)
Full RPO car No. 112 was at Chicago mail terminal in 1968. The full 60-foot RPOs generally operated on the C&O main line between Washington and Cincinnati as the “WASH & CIN RPO.” Crews changed at Hinton. (COHS 24212)
Clerks work mail in WASH & CIN ED RPO leaving Alderson, W. Va. in May, 1968, just days before the route and train were discontinued.
(T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 24644)
An Interesting Advertisement
From time to time we feature an advertisement from the C&O, but in this case it’s a very unusual one: a sailing card ad for the C&O Steamship Company, Ltd. This was a line of steamships that operated between Newport News, Liverpool, and London on a scheduled basis. It was registered in London in 1892 and provided cross-ocean service for C&O, Norfolk & Western, and Southern Railways. This sailing card is dated Nov. 25, 1903, and lists the sailing dates for the ships Alleghany, Austriania, and Powhatan. The C&OHS has the corporate records (minutes) of the company in its archival collection. We have never been able to find a photo of one its ships.
C&O Condensed Specialty Timetable
This small 3.5x6-inch six-panel timetable was issued June 15, 1935. Its interesting title of “No Dust – No Dirt – No Cinders – White Sulphur Springs Through Air-Conditioned Train Service” touts the fact that by this date all C&O mainline trains were fully air-conditioned. It was just three years since the B&O’s National Limited , and C&O’s George Washington , had introduced air-conditioning for long-distance trains.
         
Of course, the “Springs Trade” passenger traffic was very important to C&O. It carried passengers from the great eastern cities (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington) to and from the famous old antebellum mountain spring resorts of the Homestead at Hot Springs, Va., and The Greenbrier at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. -- C&O owned The Greenbrier, having built the new hotel in 1913 as a replacement for the older resort there that dated as far back as the late 1700s.
         
The timetable shows schedules for The George Washington and FFV coming from the east and The Sportsman and FFV returning. C&O operated through Pullman sleepers from New York via the PRR to Washington and in C&O trains from there. This trade had been important even when Virginia Central, C&O’s antebellum predecessor ended at Jackson’s River Station (now near Clifton Forge, Va.) and connected with stagecoach lines to the springs.
         
By 1935 this was a well-established business with through cars every day mainly to/from Washington and New York. Seasonal cars also came in from Chicago and Cleveland.
         
This little pocket timetable advertised the convenient service. A businessman could complete a day’s work in Manhattan and board The FFV at Pennsylvania Station at 5:30 p.m. and could then step off his car at White Sulphur at 8:00 a.m. the next day, rested and ready for his relaxing vacation away from the hot, busy city. The car arrived on No. 3, The FFV , at 6:08 a.m. but was parked and the passengers didn’t have to leave it until 8:00. Returning, No. 6, The FFV was the best with an 8:30 p. m. departure from the spring and 9:00 a.m. arrival in Manhattan, in time for a full day of business after a night of relaxing sleep in C&O’s air-conditioned comfort. These good schedules made the FFVs the premier springs trains, handling dedicated cars not only to/from the Greenbrier but the Homestead in Hot Springs as well. The George Washington was available for those leaving earlier, but the midnight 12:15 a.m. arrival at White Sulphur wasn’t so inviting. The back panel displays service on The Sportsman and the “George” from western cities.
         
Chessie, of course, graces the back panel of the little timetable.
         
It is strange how a small piece of printed paper can recall so easily such a different time in our past. One could almost wish that the same trip could be made today. It probably would be much more relaxing and enjoyable than by the cramped airplanes and limos or the traffic-clogged highway by auto.
New In The Collection!
We occasionally make note here of a few of the new photos added to our collection recently. To search our collection, go to cohs.org, click on the large Search the Archives button on the homepage. You may then enter any keyword that you think might be in the caption of a photo you want to see. You may want to use more than one search, for example, some diesels have been entered with the dash and some without. For example, first search GP40 and then GP-40. The same goes for other diesel models. For Atlantic type steam locomotives, try A-16, then 4-4-2, then Atlantic. We are slowly standardizing captions but this is done only when they are used. If you have any problems searching, call Michael Dixon at 540-862-2210 for help (weekdays 9-4).

Remember the images on the thumbnails are low resolution. If you buy them from us you will get a high resolution digital download ($8.95 each) or photo-paper print as you direct.

Standard prices for photo-paper prints are: 8x10 - $8.95, 11x17 - $19.95, and 13x19 - $24.95 plus shipping. Digital downloads are $8.95 each. Call for quote for larger sizes. -- Order by telephone only 540-862-2210, weekdays 9am-4pm.
C&O lightweight Pullman (10 roomettes/6 double bedrooms) City of Ashland , just arrived at Newport News on Train No. 42, the Virginia section of The George Washington on March 20, 1971, just 11 days before the end of C&O-operated passenger service and the beginning of Amtrak.
(T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 50822)
E8 No. 1468 is parked at the Charlottesville engine terminal on May 9, 1971. Amtrak has just taken charge of the trains now, but this engine was still being kept at Charlottesville to protect against trouble should there be a failure.
(T. W. Dixon, Jr. photo, COHS 50835)
It is a few days after Christmas, on Dec. 28, 1967, as C&O No. 4, The Sportsman , makes its regular 8:35 a.m. stop in Alderson, W. Va. The full 60-foot WASH & CIN ED RPO is wreathed in steam on this snowy day long ago – yet the memory seems still fragrant. (T. W. Dixon, Jr,. photo, COHS 50869)
May, 1955 finds K-4 Kanawha type (2-8-4) No. 2723, making a good show of exhaust as it accelerates its train east out if Charleston, W. Va., hard by the river for which it was named. (Ray Tobey photo, COHS 50892)






Far from home, RSD-7 No. 6809 on July 1, 1962 is serving as B&O’s pusher at M&K Junction, W. Va., where the B&O’s trains struggled over grades far steeper than any found on C&O. Though authority to acquire C&O majority stock had not yet been approved at this time, C&O was loaning B&O motive power and cars to keep it running. 
(A. D. Mastrogiuseppe, Jr. photo, COHS 50990)
Pere Marquette’s car ferry Pere Marquette 17 in heavy seas on Lake Michigan just out of Ludington in the 1940s. (COHS 51016)
Left half of the new Russell, Ky. roundhouse in 1927. This is part of an extensive series of new photos that show improvements at Russell in 1927and the construction of the new Raceland Car Shop in 1930. Use the instructions at the start of this article and enter keyword RUSSELL to see the extensive collection on pictures we have. (C&O photo, COHS 51061)
Keeper of the Cars
This story is extracted from a March, 1952 issue of C&O’s Tracks magazine, tells the story of C&O’s Pere Marquette District Wyoming yard (Grand Rapids) car foreman C. J. Millikin. Tracks magazine was not only a publication for employees, but was also a public relations vehicle for C&O, circulated to newspapers and magazines all over the eastern U. S. It often had interesting stories of the railway’s people and the line’s day-to-day operations. Great material in monthly 80-page magazines 1944-1958.
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Long-time Society members knew and loved Gene and his work. This book is a tribute to this unique individual who was, in so many ways, responsible for the C&OHS of today! It is a real tribute to his art.
Ever mindful of the dramatic scene, Gene captured all the drama of railroading as K-4 No. 2788 stormed west at Teays, W. Va. in May, 1949.
Gene is at Gordonsville, Va. in October, 1958, as No. 5 exchanges passengers with RDCs on the Chessieliner.
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Do you shop at Kroger?
For those of you who did not see the ad in the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society's magazine, the Kroger Community Rewards Program is a way for non-profits and charitable organizations to make fundraising easy ...all you have to do is sign up, shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!
  
To sign up, you must have an email and a Kroger Plus Card. If you need a Kroger Plus Card, you can ask someone at the service desk at any Kroger store. Next go to https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards , sign in and register. (You may have to click the SIGN UP TODAY button.) Enter your zip code, favorite stores(s), email address and create a password. You should get an email message back; click the link within the body of the email. At the next location, click on MY ACCOUNT and enter zip and email address. Click on EDIT KROGER COMMUNITY AWARDS INFORMATION and put in your Kroger Plus Card number. Then enter NPO Number: (JH657) (This represents the C&OHS.)
 
IF YOU ARE ENROLLED PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE TO RE-ENROLL YEARLY! RE-ENROLL NOW!
 
PLEASE NOTE KROGER UPDATED THE C&OHS'S NPO NUMBER BACK IN SEPTEMBER. PLEASE CHECK YOUR ACCOUNT TO SEE IF YOU NEED TO UPDATE THE NUMBER ON YOUR ACCOUNT. THANK YOU!!!!
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