Retired N&W Manager Once Assigned to Cleveland Has Died

A retired Norfolk Southern executive who once worked as a manger for the Norfolk & Western in Cleveland has died.

Louis M. Newton, 94, died Aug. 13 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He was an authority on N&W steam locomotives and wrote frequently on that and other topics.

Mr. Newton joined the N&W in 1949 after he graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Aside from Cleveland, he also held N&W management positions in Portsmouth, Ohio; Bluefield, West Virginia; and Crewe and Roanoke, Virginia.

He retired from Norfolk Southern as an assistant vice president-transportation planning in 1987.

During his time at the N&W, Mr. Newton persuaded the railroad to purchase a former Pennsylvania Railroad line between Cincinnati and New Castle, Indiana.

Trains then used a former Lake Erie & Western line that N&W inherited when it acquired the Nickel Plate Road to Muncie, Indiana.

This created a shorter route between Roanoke and Decatur, Illinois, rather than operating via Bellevue, Ohio.

The former PRR and NKP track between Cincinnati and Muncie because the New Castle District.

N&W later upgraded the track between Muncie and Fort Wayne, Indiana, to create a Chicago-Atlanta route that remains a crucial traffic lane for NS today.

Mr. Newton wrote a four-volume Rails Remembered series that was a somewhat autobiographical review of his life experiences and views of rail transportation.

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