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Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation

Virginia Industrial

The Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation was a large chemical company based in Missouri that operated plants in a number of locations, including one is Saltville, Va. In the 1950s, the company switched the Saltville plant with a handsome ex-Norfolk & Western "Consolidation" steamer. Saltville was an event location for the 1960 National Railway Historical Society convention based in Bristol Tn/Va.


I attended the 1960 National Railway Historical Society convention in Bristol, Tenneesee. One of the day trips was up to Saltville, Virginia, where the Olin Mathieson Chemical Corp pulled out their ex N&W steamer #11. They pulled the steamer along in a short run-by with several chemical cars and their caboose. Townspeople were everywhere, and the local high school marching band played "I've Been Working on the Railroad." It was a grand day in Saltville!