Several Years Ago

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Tue Oct 23 00:12:36 EDT 2007

Yep. That night I rode the cab of 611 from Bluefield back to Roanoke with Engineer Noah Blevins and ARFE Paul Cabiness. OWL and TRAINS photographer Bill Akins were also in the cab. At that time we were positive we'd ridden 611 the last hundred miles she'd ever run . . .

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I was on the train, along with you and Jerry Bullington from Lynchburg. My recollection is that the trip from Bluefield to Roanoke in the night hours featured some fast running at times, perhaps those up front thought it would be last opportunity.

I also recall going out that morning riding in one of the open air gons on the rear of the train. It was a chilly fall day and we came out of a tunnel in West Virginia into a brief sleet storm.

I frequently watch NS trains roll past the old depot in Cambria (Christiansburg) and conjure up images of a Class J pulilng the Powhatan Arrow though or stopping with the Pocahontas or Birmingham Special. It just ain't the same... But I still love being there.

Ray Smoot

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How many of us remember where we were and what we were doing Oct. 24, 1959?

Aubrey Wiley

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