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Before succumbing to the lure of diesel power, the C&O tried other ideas. One was streamlining some of its old steam locomotives. An even bolder attempt to stave off the spread of the diesels was C&O’s 500, the first coal-burning steam turbine-electric locomotive ever constructed and the largest passenger locomotive in the world. Built in 1947, it was more than 154 feet long, including its water tender, and had a rated top speed of 100 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the ill-fated locomotive never lived up to its ambitious billing, and the C&O quietly abandoned the project. Shown here posing with the 500 is one of the uniformed airline-style hostess who briefly appeared on C&O passenger trains in the 1940s. Like the 500, the stewardess idea proved unsuccessful and was discontinued. Thanks to Jim Casto for the information.

Gallery: Do you remember? -- March 28, 2011

Mar. 30, 2011 @ 10:34 AM

We have a treasure trove of old negatives and photos at The Herald-Dispatch. Some of the images, we know. Others, we have no idea.

We are scanning the negatives and photos and running some of the photos in the newspaper.

These photos were from a box of 4x5 negatives. They are most likely from the late 1940s to early 1950s.

Browse through the gallery. If you can add caption information to any of the photos (or correct a caption we already have), e-mail online editor Andrea Copley-Smith at acopley@herald-dispatch.com or call 304-526-2764. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.