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Does anyone know of websites on the original Norfolk Southern?

-- Pete Wenk (, February 06, 2001


I know of a couple of sites. has information on Norfolk Southern for the period from around 1940- 1970, plus some pictures. Warren Calloway has a site of pictures on the Norfolk Southern as well. I'm not sure of the address but you can access it through the links in the above site. (I go through Calloway's Seaboard site to find it.) Another site with Norfolk SOuthern pictures is It's under Norfolk Southern (shortline). Southern Model Rail Forum also used to have information on Norfolk Southern, including a freight roster. Their site is at There's also bits and pieces in a variety of other sites.

-- Bill Nelson (, February 07, 2001.

I am no authority on the original Norfolk Southern but I will do until one comes along. I was raised as a railfan during the Depression 30's from 1929 until 1940 on the Norfolk Southern in Wilson, N.C. I have ridden steam passenger trains on the NS between Wilson and Washington, N.C.pulled by D-6 Baldwin 4-6-0 class 100 ten wheelers. I have had cab rides in several E-3 2-8-0 500 class consolidations. One of my engineer friends gave me a cab ride in Wilson, N.C. in the Spring of 1940 in a brand new Baldwin F-Class 2-8-4 Berkshire 600 class locomotive, complete with push-button steamboat whistle that would send chills up your spine. I must have known half the NS employees between Boylan Tower in Raleigh and the Albemarle Sound bridge at Mackeys. There will be an organizational meeting Saturday April 21st at 1:30 PM in the old Seaboard Depoi in Apex, N.C. with the view toward forming a seperate historical society for the original norfolk Southern Railroad, hosted by my friend Robert C. Reisweber who lives in Williamsburg, Va., and is about to release a new book about the old Norfolk Southern that will eclipse the Richard E. Prnce book about the Norfolk Southern. My railroad career goes back to a seniority date of December 7, 1941, Pearl harbor Day, as locomotive fireman for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad out of Rocky mount, N.C. I have had several features published in "Lines South" of the ACL-SAL Society, and will have one in the Second Quarter issue on firing ACL P-5 Pacificlocomotives. I still have a few re-prints left of an an article I did for the NOV-Dec. 1992 issue of "Ties" magazine titled "Growing Up On The Old Norfolk Southern". I retired from railroad service on October 31, 1986. William A. Sellers, Jr. Norfolk Southern Railway (Ret.)

-- William A.(Bill) Sellers, Jr. (, February 09, 2001.

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