Powhatan Arrow ca 1989 (DATE)
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Wed May 6 22:31:29 EDT 2015
September 16, 1989. I happened across a picture of our train quite by
accident tonight while purging thru Trains magazines!
It's those little victories in life.
Richard D. Shell
In a message dated 5/6/2015 4:31:56 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org writes:
Ken, don't apologize, thanks for your clarifications and the trip, and do
it again. I confused two different excursions and I'd pull the slides if it
were only that easy. The charter would have been lacking publicity and
On 5/4/2015 1:26 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
Sorry Grant. The picture Mike had was actually my idea for a trip, it was
called by at least one person, Miller's Folly, as that person (now
deceased) thought it would never sell. Hah, sold out in less than three weeks.
It was a recreation, as close as could be reasonable done, of the Arrow,
in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the new equipment
in 1949. We used every available Arrow coach, no diner, but or Tuscan red
ex-GN No. 1148 stood in, and our round end observation ex IC No. 3305
subbed for the overseas boat tail lounge cars. I specifically ask for, no tool
car, no auxiliary tender.
It was a Walton turn in the morning, and Lynchburg turn in the afternoon.
And, yes, the drumhead was replaced with a Powhatan Arrow one I made for
the trip, and I think I still have somewhere.
It was September of 1989, I don't have the exact date at hand, it was
rainy that morning, but cleared the afternoon.
I probably have the consist and transportation orders in my files
somewhere, but it was about 10 cars as I recall.
There was, along about that time a charter for some group to Radford,
maybe some military or veterans group, I'd have to dig though my notes to find
On May 4, 2015, at 12:51 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
Actually, I seem to recall a charter (beverage distributors?) excursion to
Walton. It was a rare (only?) excursion of the 611 with maybe five N&W
coaches and the Mardi Gras. The first coach, maybe two, may have had the
original sealed windows and were coupled directly behind the tender--no
auxiliary tender, no tool car. An exceptionally photogenic train on a cloudy, light
rain, saturated color kind of day, but with no publicity and no chase
entourage. I seem to remember the usual Roanoke Chapter drumhead (?) was
replaced with the Powhatan Arrow.
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