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"My grandfather, Robert H. Strayhorn was a conductor for the Southern Railway from 1898 until 1943. He lived in Spencer, NC and did the run from Spencer, NC to Monroe VA. My father had an engineering degree from NC State and following his service in WWII begain working for Southern Railway in 1946. We moved to Alexandria VA in 1957 where my father was promoted to Master Mechanic. When I was growing up I remember the 1401 before it was restored was stored at the Alexandria Diesel shop on Holland Lane in Alexandria. We used to climb all over the engine while it was stored at the shop. My father was also involved when the engine was moved to the Smithsonian building prior to construction. I remember that several derricks were used to move the engine along with the use of old trolley car tracks. My fater retired from the railway in 1975. R strayhorne "