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T-Shirt, Chessie System Railroads Terminal

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T-Shirt, Chessie System Railroads Terminals

The origin of this t-shirt design comes from a vintage Chessie System hat and shirt issued to employees that worked out of both St. Albans and South Charleston (WV) terminals around 1980. At that time, St. Albans crews worked coal shifters from Danville and Elk Run to the yard at St. Albans and American Electric Power's John Amos Power Plant. Hence, the hopper image. South Charleston crews were kept busy working at the South Charleston Yard, which served many local industries. Yard jobs worked at chemical plants such as Union Carbide Corporation and FMC, hence the tank car. Now is your turn to "mark up" in the 1980s and relive an era when the Chessie System shifted thousands of coal hoppers and chemical tank cars. Remember--Chessie has nine lives, you have one, be safe!

MEMBER DIGITALLY RESCUES REGIONAL CHESSIE SYSTEM DESIGN

Equipment and exhibit restoration at the C&O Railway Heritage Center is not the only arena in which C&OHS members are contributing to historic preservation. Member Tristan Miller, a full-time college student studying graphic design, has given his time and talent toward digitally re-creating a classic piece of Chessie System iconography.

Adapted from a vintage Chessie System hat and shirt issued to employees that worked out of both St. Albans and South Charleston (WV) terminals around 1980, Mr. Miller took on the unusual challenge in order for the Society to include this piece of Kanawha Valley railroad history into the C&OHS "brand" of ChessieShop products.

During the time when railroad employees originally wore this design, St. Albans crews worked coal shifters from Danville and Elk Run to the yard at St. Albans and American Electric Power's John Amos Power Plant. South Charleston crews were kept busy working at the South Charleston Yard, which served many local industries. Yard jobs worked at chemical plants such as Union Carbide Corporation and FMC. The design's hopper and tank car imagery represented each of these industries that were meaningful to Chessie for decades.

Scanned from a vintage sticker, making this 40-year-old image digitally sufficient presented a challenge for Mr. Miller. Special attention had to be given to matching the typeface to correctly capture what had been used by the Chessie System. The smaller sub-graphics included within the design were a particular challenge, such as the tank and hopper car, which had to be completely re-created from scratch.

We would like to express a tremendous "thank you" to Tristan Miller on behalf of the Society and its members worldwide. The ChessieShop t-shirt created from this image has boosted the cash flow necessary to operate and fulfill the Society's mission to preserve C&O Railway history. While contributing to our non-profit organization's business success, this image once proudly worn by Chessie System crews has also been rescued and added to our permanent

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