‘The Old 97’

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

You may have heard of ‘The Old 97’, but what was it?

Some of you are saying, “Well, duh! It was a famous train.”

You are absolutely right. It was a famous train. You always hear about those great train journeys from those great trains that made the ride so enjoyable. Sadly, this is not one of those stories.

What was ‘The Old 97’? It was Mail Express train operated by the Southern Railroad in the United States of America that began in Washington D.C. and went to Atlanta, Georgia that consisted of locomotive Number 1102, two postal cars, an express car, and a baggage car that had a crew of eighteen.

The day was September 27, 1903. ‘The Old 97’ departed Washington D.C. an hour behind schedule after waiting for another train that arrived late and had mail to be put on the train to go to points south…

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