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Founded by a group of railroad policemen who enjoyed pickin' and singin', the Norfolk Southern Lawmen today are among the nation's top corporate entertainers.

Employed by Norfolk Southern, they are full-time professional musicians who log some 200 performances a year. They have appeared on national television, at the Grand Ole Opry, the Smithsonian Institution and at the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Foundation in Meridian, Mississippi along with some of country's top stars including Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Ricky Skaggs, Collin Raye, Billy Joe Royal and T. Graham Brown.

A Little History . . .

In 1951, D.W. Brosnan, Southern Railway Executive Vice President of operations and future Chairman, began holding meetings for company officers in Almond, North Carolina, a small town in the mountains west of Asheville.

He asked Snow Baker, a lieutenant in the railroad's police department, to put

together some entertainment. In short order, Baker rounded up a harmonica, a washtub bass and a guitar from railroad staff, then recruited a "mountain man" who could play banjo and crack jokes, cleaned him up and hired him for the band.

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