RailPictures.Net Photo: WAB 1009 Wabash EMD E8(A) at Roanoke, Virginia by Ron Flanary
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Wabash (more..)
EMD E8(A) (more..)
Wasena Park (more..)
Roanoke, Virginia, USA (more..)
August, 1973
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WAB 1009 (more..)
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When the Wabash became part of the N&W in 1964, it was only logical that the home road send this notable unit--the 10,000th constructed by EMD--to the transportation museum in its headquarters city--Roanoke, Virginia. The 1009 still looked stunning in 1973, but over time, the paint faded. Volunteers repainted her at least once, but it was a losing proposition. Also, the Wasena Park site was flood prone, since it sat alongside the Roanoke River. Today, the Virginia Museum of Transportation still includes the 1009 in its collection, but the unit is in ultra-sad condition. With limited resources, the museum has focused on Virginia-only artifacts for its collection. As it did in returning Nickel Plate 763 to Ohio, perhaps the Wabash unit will one day find its way home to where "Follow the Flag" meant something--and hopefully be restored in the process. It would be a fitting upgrade for a unit that once led the likes of the Banner Blue, Wabash Cannonball and Blue Bird.
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