April/May, 2020
SW9 switcher No. 5251 works the car ferry loading area at Ludington, Mich. in 1963. This month’s album is of Huddleston switcher photos. (Gene Huddleston photo, COHS 20254)
On behalf of the C&O Historical Society's Officers, Directors, and Employees, we want to extend our thoughts of safety and health to all members and supporters during this time of national concern regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). The special fellowship we all share through railroad history gives extra meaning to this expression about how much our stakeholders are in our thoughts now and during the weeks ahead.

The C&OHS Business Office & Archive is continuing to operate during the present emergency, with employees following enhanced procedures surrounding person-to-person contact, sanitation guidelines, and steps regarding shipping and receipt of merchandise, which continues uninterrupted through our online retail portal, ChessieShop.com.

So far we have no major disruptions and we will communicate with the Society's stakeholders if there are operational changes that are required in order to protect the safety of our employees and volunteers. Hopefully we will all be able to emerge from this trying time well and ready to rebuild and reinvigorate our lives, which are being so challenged in this unprecedented way.

Regarding our museum, in support of the Commonwealth of Virginia's declaration that recreation and entertainment businesses are considered non-essential and Executive Order 53, and in order to reflect the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society's culture of safety during these times of national and state concern regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), our Heritage Center in Clifton Forge is " closed until further notice, and we are watching the Commonwealth of Virginia's reopening guidelines for the appropriate time when we can welcome the public back."

While we are under these involuntary restrictions, perhaps this is a good time to enjoy what the C&OHS has to offer by visiting our websites. You can look at  ChessieShop.com  to see what new products have been added or find enjoyment researching material on the  COHS.org  and  archives.cohs.org  

Our mission to preserve and interpret the history of the C&O Railway, going strong in its 51st year, has overcome many challenges and will survive this crisis because of the endurance shown by our many supporters who treasure American railroad history. With the tenacity of Chessie's Road in our veins, we carry on.


Mark Totten
Diesel Switcher Photos by Gene Huddleston
This month’s color album features diesel switch engines photographed by Gene Huddleston.
C&O’s dieselization began with its purchase of about 150 switchers from ALCO and EMD in 1949. They replaced the bulk of steam yard switching work almost overnight, though some steam 0-8-0s persisted for a few years.
A number of switchers were purchased and some thereafter in the ensuing years up to complete dieselization in 1956. However, in many locations the ubiquitous GP7/GP9 “road switchers” worked as their name implies both as road engines and as switchers out on the line and in yards. In later years, when color photos were being taken in some quantity, many of the purpose-built switchers were being used in Michigan, whereas fewer were in use in yards on the old C&O lines.
This album displays some of the photos Gene Huddleston took. He was the preeminent photographer on C&O, in its late steam and early dieselization years and later.
This interesting photo shows C&O EMD NW2 switcher No. 1854 at Ludington, Mich., in August 1963. It wears the hybrid paint scheme and number used on some engines that were ordered by the Pere Marquette in the months before the June, 1947 C&O merger but were delivered immediately after. This road name font was not used on other, later C&O engines, and the number series was also particular to these PM-C&O units. (Gene Huddleston, COHS 20253)
September 1960 finds SW1 No. 10 working at Traverse City, Mich., still in its Pere Marquette paint scheme 13 years after the merger. (Gene Huddleston, COHS 20601)
Several switchers in addition to F-units and a GP9 were resting in the Russell, Ky. roundhouse in this June, 1962 view. (Gene Huddleston, COHS 42456)
Switchers often appeared in varying paint schemes. Gene’s photo of NW2 No. 5256 at Lansing, Mich. illustrates this about 1965. It has the standard all capital letter Futura Demi Bold lettering and numerals, but instead of the usual placement of the FOR PROGRESS herald below the number, it is behind the cab window.
(Gene Huddleston, COGH 375)
ALCO S-2 No. 5018 was one of the first diesels on C&O. Here it was working at Ashland, Ky. about 1960 still in the old Roman font road name lettering. An F-unit powered freight approaches in the distance. (Gene Huddleston, COGH 1045)
SW9 No. 5091 and a wood-sheathed caboose were working in the snow at Saginaw, Mich. about 1975, the engine painted to the simplified “Big C&O” scheme.
(Gene Huddleston, COHS 46850)
The odd TR4 set with its two A or cab units and two B units was captured by Gene on its regular assignment on the Dawkins subdivision near Riceville, Ky. in July, 1960. The TR4 was a refinement of the usual cow-calf units, with two of each. (Gene Huddleston, COHS 30751)
ALCO S-2 No. 5057 at Russell, Ky. terminal in January, 1954.
(Gene Huddleston, COHS 20613)
Some switchers got Chessie System paint as evidenced by SW9 No. 5262 pictured at Bay City, Mich. in August, 1979. (Gene Huddleston, COHS 20256)
The Modeler's Corner
Welcome to the first edition of The Modeler's Corner where interesting models and techniques, especially photos in color, are provided to augment the Basement Subdivision printed in the C&O Historical Magazine .   

In the January/February, 2020 issue of the C&O Historical Magazine , the article "Looking at Gene's Photos...With the Modeler's Eye" had a photo of the Winding Gulf Tunnel portal (COHS 2961). Not only is the portal construction very different from the norm on the C&O, but the right-of-way in a cut is not commonly modeled either. Well, a modeler sent in a photo to show what this scene had inspired him to build on his railroad. Glenn Glasstetter's nicely done work has certainly captured the look and feel of the Winding Gulf Tunnel portal.

If you have a scene or project that is inspired by the C&O please contact the Basement Subdivision editor (Rick Gartrell at gartrell@bearweb.com). Ideally this will lead to an article in the C&O Historical Magazine, but some short subjects and/or photos just may end up here. So come join in the fun of modelling the C&O. If you are not a member of the C&O Historical Society I urge you to join.

New Modelling Products in the Chessie Shop

This is a comprehensive decal set that covers the vast majority of Pere Marquette-lettered equipment from mid-'30s through mid-'60s. Each package will complete up to five cars. Cars that are best suited include 1937 AAR boxcars, PS boxcars, 50 ft Auto Box Cars, USRA 55-ton hoppers, 70 ton 3-bay offset hoppers, 42 ft flat cars, 53.5 ft flat cars, 52.5 ft gondolas, 40 ft gondolas and cabooses.
The Chessie - A Retrospective
Perhaps more has been written and said about a train that C&O planned but never ran, than about some of its finest trains that ran for many years. I am speaking, of course, of The Chessie . Most people know its story, but for those who do not, here is a summary.
The train was the concept of Robert R. Young who was Chairman 1942-1954. He wanted to use C&O as an example of how he thought the railroads could retain some of their passenger-carrying preeminence after the end of WWII and the expected emerging competition from airlines, buses, and the family auto on good roads. Young thought good schedules and superior equipment and service were the answer.
He hired Ken Browne as his research and development chief to design the train. Young gave Brown the concept of the cars and he engineered them in concert with the Budd Company, well-known for its construction of pre-war stainless-steel streamliners. The result was a fabulous train with luxury of accommodation never before, and in some cases never after, seen in railroad passenger trains. The train was to operate on a mostly daylight schedule Washington-Cincinnati with Virginia and Kentucky connecting sections and was to be powered by the new
M-1 class Steam-Turbine-Electric locomotives. The name for this fabulous new train was to be The Chessie , after C&O’s famous sleeping cat symbol that had been so successful in advertising the line since 1933.
There were delays right after the war and Budd did not deliver The Chessie’s cars until mid-1948. Passenger service was in steep decline by then, and the C&O was also experiencing financial issues attendant on a decline in freight, coal mine strikes, etc. As a result, it was forced to cancel The Chessie.  Some cars were used briefly in the regular trains, and a group of them were used starting in October 1948 to inaugurate a new set of trains between Grand Rapids, Mich. and Chicago on the old Pere Marquette Railway, which had been merged into C&O the year before. Two years later they were sold to other railways in the U.S. and Argentina. Only four cars were retained in C&O service.
We are reproducing here a series of artist’s concepts of The Chessie that C&O published to promote the train just before the date it was scheduled to go into service. They illustrate the fine accommodations of the train and serve as a fitting reminder of what it was to have been like.
The Budd Company, builder of cars for The Chessie, placed this ad in many national magazines featuring an artist’s concept of The Chessie passing the famous C&O-owned Greenbrier resort hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
(COHS Collection, AD 244)
An artist concept of The Chessie leaving Washington with its fantastic Steam-Turbine-Electric power. (C&OHS Collection, COHS 29177)
The Chessie arriving Cincinnati at sunset in the advertising artist’s eye.
(C&OHS Collection, COHS 29180)
A smartly uniformed C&O hostess attends passengers in this artist’s view of the interior of a coach on The Chessie. Each coach had only 44 seats with a large space occupied by a nine-seat lounge. Every coach a lounge—unheard of before or after! (C&OHS Collection, COHS 29188)
C&O was justly famous for its great scenery, and the new concept of dome cars was ideal for The Chessie. Here passengers are shown enjoying the beautiful mountains of C&O’s territory. (C&OHS Collection, COHS 29179)
The Chessie consist actually had almost as much non-revenue lounge and entertainment space as it had revenue seating. This is the lounge car, featuring a tropical fish tank. (C&OHS Collection, COHS 29175)
A whole car was called a “family coach.” It featured child play areas, diaper changing station, and this great children’s theatre with Disney movies.
(C&OHS Collection, COHS 29185)
This billboard on C&O’s offices in Richmond, Va. advertised the “coming soon” Chessie. Alas, it never came. (C&OHS Collection, COHS 47512)
One of the cars from the 1948 Budd order for The Chessie was diner No. 1922, one of three C&O retained and used to the end of its passenger trains and sold to Amtrak in 1971. It retained The Chessie paint scheme with train name replaced by the road name on the letterboard. These three cars were actually to have been used on the connecting trains between Newport News and Charlottesville, Va. and Ashland and Louisville, Ky. (T. W. Dixon, photo, COHS 24552)
Chessie Takes a Train Trip Book
This is an endearing story written by Thomas W. Dixon, Jr. and beautifully illustrated with historically- and mechanically-accurate artwork by artist Natalie O'Dell, the book features an original adventure starring the famous railroad kitten and brought to life with the first Chessie art officially commissioned since 1984. Eighty-two years since Chessie the Railroad Kitten last appeared in illustrator Ruth Carroll's original children's books, 20 years in the making by author Thomas W. Dixon, Jr., and after over one year of development by the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society with artist Natalie O'Dell, this groundbreaking labor of love by the Clifton Forge-based non-profit organization seeks to appeal to the next generation of supporters that may have never ridden a train, but will someday continue the C&OHS’s mission to preserve and interpret the history of the C&O Railway.

The new child’s book tells a story of how Chessie is living in C&O President Harahan’s office in Cleveland in the Depression year 1935. One day she stows away on his business car as he travels to Richmond and at Ashland two orphan children sneak on board. Chessie finds and takes them to Harahan. He gives them a place to sleep and food, and when they get to Richmond the children are adopted by a C&O employee family there. Of course, Chessie is involved throughout.

This book for children and the young at heart depicts an adventure featuring the nationally-known railroad kitten traveling on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. A crucial part of the plot takes place in Clifton Forge, with accompanying artwork in the book depicting the former C&O division office building and the passenger station also known as the Gladys Inn.
C&O, Chessie System, and CSX CEO Hays Watkins said when he saw to it that she was transferred to C&OHS for the 1992 calendar and beyond said: “Chessie is just on the third of her nine lives.” In her first life she advertised the comforts of C&O’s great passenger trains with the slogan “Sleep Like a Kitten.” In her second, she advertised C&O’s freight service with the slogan “Pur-r-r-fect Transportation.” In her third, she became to symbol for the combined C&O, B&O, and WM railroads as Chessie System, with her own outline emblazoned on cars and locomotives. Since 1992 she has helped C&OHS tell the history of the C&O. – It looks as if she will go on and on!

We hope the uniqueness of being a historical society with an original children’s book that appeals outside the railroad community generates attention that will reach a mainstream audience. Part of our business plan is to introduce our organization to future members nationally who would not otherwise learn about the C&O Historical Society and our 50 years of work. This exciting and beautifully-illustrated book will give young readers the gift of history, this year and for years to come, and that is a big step for us toward our long-term goals as an organization with plans to continue this mission. And Chessie, the C&O Railway's "Kitten of Destiny," as the Wall Street Journal called her, is so beloved by generations even today, we expect our society will find a new audience in the 2020s and beyond.
C&O - Master of
Advertising & Public Relations
By Thomas W. Dixon, Jr.
A great deal has been said about C&O’s use of Chessie in public relations and advertising. Indeed, she is the best-known railroad advertising symbol of all time, and one of the top logos in all of advertising history. C&O was top notch as well when it came to other types and subjects of advertising.
Advertising is almost as old as civilization. We see it take definite shape during the ancient classical period of Greece and especially Rome, both of which operated with semi-monetized economies. By the medieval era advertising was prevalent using symbolism. We see many inns with signs that represented their name; a baker’s sign might be a loaf of bread, a horseshoe for a blacksmith. When print media, first as newspapers, and later as magazines and other publications, came into vogue in the 17 th century, advertising took a huge leap forward. Then, by the time that railroads arrived in the mid-19 th century advertising was a very important part of the economic landscape.
Early railroads did little advertising other than publication of passenger train schedules in newspapers. However, a growing middle class was starting to use railroads for pleasure as well as business by the 1870s. By the 1880s railroad advertising, as an element of advertising in general, exploded, and only grew over the decades down to the 1960s.
C&O began its heavy advertising program with the introduction of the Fast Flying Virginian state-of-the-art though train in May 1889. Thereafter its timetables, along with ads in newspapers and magazines touted not only its superb scenery but also its route through the historic regions of Virginia and the colonial-revolutionary era.
C&O began calling itself “The Rhine, the Alps, and the Battlefield Line” about 1900 and this slogan was used up to about 1920. It was aimed at the new tourist class of traveler. The ultra-rich of the era took the “grand tour” in Europe to see the Alps, the Danube and Rhine, and the ancient battlefields. C&O was telling the ordinary people that they could experience the same thing on the C&O: its rivers (James, Greenbrier, New, Kanawha, and Ohio) stood in for the Rhine and Danube, while the Blue Ridge and Alleghany ranges substituted for the Alps, and the Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields of Virginia topped it off.
The line also touted its access to the mountain springs resorts, and even bought the hotel at White Sulphur Springs and rebuilt it as The Greenbrier in 1912.
But it was in the 1920s-40s that C&O’s ad men reached their apogee. First “The Route to Historyland” was used, but finally, the ad men settled on the colonial America theme. – George Washington was first honorary president of the James River Company of 1785 that eventually became the James River & Kanawha Canal. He also surveyed western lands and espoused the idea of the “Great Connection” between the vast resources of the continent and Tidewater commerce. Washington saw this as a waterway, but, of course, it was a railroad—C&O—that actually realized his dream. The JR&K Canal was taken over by the Richmond & Alleghany Railroad in 1881, and this road was merged into C&O in 1890. So. . . C&O’s PR men figured that by this means Washington was “C&O’s first president.”
After 1930 Washington’s image appeared in almost every C&O timetable and in many ads. The George Washington all-airconditioned and beautifully and historically designed train of 1932 furthered the image.
Washington and Chessie dominated C&O ads right through to the post-WWII era. The images and themes began to broaden after that. Eventually Chessie began advertising “pur-r-r-fect transportation,” as her passenger selling began to diminish. But she persisted on timetables and in other ads right up to 1970. The calendar, a stable of the Chessie advertising program was carried on until 1992 when it was turned over to the C&O Historical Society. We have continued it up to the present.
C&OHS has a collection of essentially all C&O advertising from 1930 to the 1980s, numbering perhaps 5,000 or more. We have catalogued only a few hundred of these, but the collection itself is a huge resource for our publishing efforts. A few representative ads of different eras are reproduced here: [If you want to view the ads that have been so far scanned and catalogued e-mail to tdixon@cohs.org , and I will send you some instructions.]
Coal was a common theme for C&O advertising in the era 1925-1975, some of it targeted at consumers, but a more of it targeted to big users in industry. This 1955 ad tells of the quality of C&O coal and uses the large tipple/preparation plant at Republic, Ky. as the illustration. Note that Chessie is still there but reduced to a logo style. (C&OHS Collection, AD 19)
The historic character of C&O’s lines in Virginia was a recurring theme. Here an ad from Time magazine in June, 1940 shows C&O’s line down the historic peninsula of Virginia, leading to Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.
(C&OHS Collection, AD 20)
Chessie’s popularity was combined with C&O’s industrial development efforts to create “The Chessie Corridor” for commerce and industry. This ad is from a 1938 issue of Time magazine. (C&OHS Collection, AD 72)
C&O used a song made famous by Bob Hope, Thanks for the Memories, in this 1938 ad appearing in Time magazine. (C&OHS Collection, AD 79)
This 1938 ad uses the George Washington as surveyor of western lands and "the Great Connection" theme. (C&OHS Collection, AD 101)
The 1948 calendar art feature the whole family: Chessie, Peake, Nip, and Tuck together for the last time, and showed the new train, The Chessie , that was to be introduced that year (but never was). (C&OHS Collection, AD 114)
C&O’s postwar ads were great as well. This cover for Tracks magazine’s August 1956 issue featured one of C&Os passenger trains with its colorful E8 diesel. (C&OHS Collection, AD 193)
Industrial development, the location of new plants along the C&O was an important element of C&O’s ads in the 1930s-50s. This one is from 1953.
(C&OHS Collection, AD 311)

Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society Provides Archival Data to Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad for Historical Restoration at Cass Scenic Railroad

Clifton Forge, Va. – In a historical partnership with the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad in West Virginia, the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society is excited to jointly announce the restoration of Cass Scenic Railroad caboose No. 50 to Chesapeake & Ohio caboose No. 90788, the vintage caboose’s original late
1950s Chesapeake & Ohio Railway livery.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad partnered with the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society for this project because of the wealth of information in the Clifton Forge, Virginia-based group’s extensive archive. The 51-year-old historical society provided drawings and other important details from start to finish for use by D&GV’s restoration professionals in West Virginia. As a 501(c)(3) a non-profit
organization dedicated to interpreting the American Railway experience using the C&O Railway’s history through drawings, documents, and artifacts which the Society collects, preserves, and makes available to as broad an audience as possible, the collaboration with D&GV was an ideal mission.

C&OHS Founder, Chairman, & President Emeritus Thomas W. Dixon, Jr. reacted to the project’s outcome with praise, “As a long-time C&O Railway historian, author, and founder of the C&O Historical Society, it was a moment of great pleasure and excitement when I first saw the restored C&O Caboose No. 90788. It is very difficult to get a restoration ‘just right,’ but the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s
work in refurbishing and painting/lettering this car is simply superb. Seeing it is a true trip back to 1956 Appalachian railroading! It is just the way it must have looked when it rolled out of C&O shops in its last paint scheme, ready for ten more years of work before being sold to Cass Scenic Railroad.”

The C&OHS would like to thank long-time member Karen Parker for preparing a detailed package of paint and lettering data from the Society’s archive for use by the West Virginia scenic railroad’s craftsmen. The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad would like to recognize Pocahontas County, West Virginia artisan Eric Werner, who painted all lettering by hand and without stencils, DGVR’s Billy Cassell, and the entire DGVR track crew who prepped and painted the car.

The K3-3 class caboose is of steel framing and wooden sheathing that was the standard for the C&O Railway when it was built in November 1924. The car is 32.5 feet long, weighs 40,300-lbs., and has a center cupola for trainmen to observe their train.
The yellow painting and simplified lettering was adopted by the C&O for all its cabooses in 1956. It was part of a lot of 100 identical cars built for the C&O by Standard Steel Car Co. of Hammond, Indiana and numbered 90700 through 90799.

Chesapeake & Ohio caboose No. 90788 was in general C&O and work-train service on the C&O’s Hinton Division until sold to the State of West Virginia for use at Cass Scenic Railroad in November 1966. Many similar C&O cabooses could be seen on the rear of trains as they rolled through Cass, West Virginia during the first decade of Cass Scenic Railroad excursions. For now, the restored Chesapeake & Ohio caboose No. 90788 will be on display in Cass, West Virginia. In the future, the historic piece will be in motion on the rails for photo specials on the former C&O Railway’s Greenbrier line in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.

Photos to reference (available by email if not transmitted; more available upon request):

  • The newly-unveiled Chesapeake & Ohio caboose No. 90788, also known as Cass Scenic Railroad caboose No. 50, pauses by the wooden water tank at Cass that services West Virginia’s historic Shay, Heisler, and Climax geared locomotives synonymous with tourist rail in the state (Cab1_RossHarrison.JPG; Ross Harrison photo, courtesy of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad).

  • Wearing a fresh coat of paint so it remains preserved for future generations, Chesapeake & Ohiocaboose No. 90788 pauses on the rails at Cass, West Virginia (Cab2_RossHarrison.JPG; Ross Harrison photo, courtesy of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad).

  • Chesapeake & Ohio caboose No. 90788 posed as part of a vintage mountain freight train by the C&O Railway depot at Cass, West Virginia (Cab3_Walter ScriptunasII; Walter Scriptunas II photo, courtesy of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad).

The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society is a non-profit corporation dedicated to interpreting the American Railway experience using C&O Railway’s history through drawings, documents, and artifacts which the Society collects, preserves, and makes available to as broad an audience as possible. The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society was organized in January 1969 and in 1975 was incorporated as a non-profit eleemosynary organization within the meaning or subparagraph 501(c)(3) of the InternalRevenue Code.
Pere Marquette Historical Society Conferences Resume in 2020  

 On Saturday, September 19, 2020, the Pere Marquette Historical Society will resume holding annual members' conferences. This year, we will meet at the Comstock Inn in Owosso, Michigan for a program of presentations on the PM, a conversation with the Board of Directors, and a visit to the Steam Railroading Institute. 

The conference will run from 9 am - 5 pm. In addition to an open meeting with the PMHS Board, the day’s activities will include presentations on PM-related subjects by the following speakers: 

  •  Al Kresse, prolific author on PM and C&O rolling stock
  • Fritz Milhaupt, long-time PMHS modeling editor and current editor of “PM Tracks”
  • Dean Pyers, local historian and long time Steam Railroading Institute member and volunteer
  • Kevin Keefe, Director of the Center for Railroad Photography, former Editor and Publisher of Trains magazine, and early member of MSU Railroad Club, will deliver the keynote address. 
  • Cost is $40 per attendee, payable to the Pere Marquette Historical Society, mailed to: PMHS Conference, P.O. Box 233, Perry, MI 48872-0233
  • Hotel accommodations are available from the Comstock Inn at a reduced rate of $105 a night. You can contact the Comstock Inn at 855-516-1093. Reference the PMHS/ Code # 91920 when reserving your room. This rate is good until 30 days prior to the conference - and ends August 20, 2020.
  • For further questions, contact John Young, PMHS Conference Coordinator, at cdjhyoung@yahoo.com, or 517-449-9063.
Warehouse finds - cache of out-of-print books!
During our warehouse clearing-out we founds small batches of books that we used to sell 10-15 years ago, but have be out of print for some time, and now we can offer them for a quick sale.
Nickel Plate Road Diesel Locomotives
Originally published in 1997, this 128 page hardbound book is printed on heavy 100-lb. glossy paper and is illustrated with over 175 superb quality not before published pictures (both B&W and color) of NKP diesels. It covers the whole era from the diesel in 1942 until the N&W merger in 1964. Author Kevin J. Holland gives a complete, detailed roster, illustrates all classes and types, shows painting/lettering diagram, and discusses the steam-diesel transition era in literate, cogent manner. 

Holland, who was for several years the Editor of our C&O Historical Magazine, also had an interest in NKP since it was so closely associated with C&O for many years since it was closely associated with the C&O for many years under the Van Sweringen umbrella. He put together what is surely the “last word in the history of this line’s desalinization and its engines up to its merge by N&W in 1964.

If you bought the NKP Publicity photos book we offered a few weeks ago (of which we have a few left - you can order below), this will complement it perfectly. It will give you a very good compendium of the NKP in its last years of high-class fast freight service.

Well-known diesel historian Dr. Louis A. Marre, in his foreword to this book said:". . . The Nickel Plate deserved to be the Standard Railroad of the World." After all, if we could design an ideal first generation [diesel] road, would it not have PAs for passenger train? A bouquet of switchers from also , Lima, Baldwin, and Fairbanks-Morse? Judiciously balanced orders of neat road switchers from both Electro-Motive and Alco? . . . If you answer 'yes,' to my ideal roster, then you have fallen into the Nickel Plate trap."

Highly recommended, and at a lot less than they original price . -- Tom Dixon

BK-20-951 $18.95
Nickel Plate Road Publicity Photos, Vol. 1
The book is absolutely a tour de force in highest quality professionally staged pictures showing every aspect of late steam and early diesel operations of the NKP. See the famous 2-8-4 Berkshires of Fast Freight fame, and the ALCO PA's of NKP's passenger trains. Every aspect of the railway is covered as only a company photographer could.
The book's author was John B. Corns, the Chessie System and CSX official photographer until that office was disestablished.

-128 pages
-heavy 100-lb. glossy paper

Original price $29.95 -- Our price while this batch lasts is $15.95. ORDER TODAY!!!!!


BK-20-949 $15.95

We need 450 Pre-Orders to make this happen! Jump on board and tell all of your friends and family about this awesome license Plate. See details below.

The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society is pleased to announce an initiative in the Commonwealth of Virginia to formally establish a special interest license plate with the Department of Motor Vehicles for our non-profit historical society.  Our proposed plate represents the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway’s contribution to Virginia’s railway heritage and was designed by Ken Miller, the artist who designed the Virginia license plate with the Norfolk & Western Railway’s iconic Class J steam locomotive No. 611.  Our proposed special interest license plate for the C&OHS features two of the C&O Railway’s most recognizable brands—an E8 diesel locomotive pulling a tricolor passenger train and Chessie, the railroad kitten and mascot of the C&O, featured in the center background.  Both are beautifully represented in historically-accurate detail.

For more information on how to order  CLICK HERE!

If you are unable to print your registration form and would like for us to send one to you please call 540-862-2210!

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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.)
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