The Powhatan Arrow

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Fri May 16 09:23:00 EDT 2008

The N&W had no dome cars until the merger with the Wabash, long after the end of steam. Those Wabash dome cars were painted blue, as were essentially all N&W passenger cars and locomotives after the merger. Most of the N&W dome cars I have seen in O (Lionel?) depict a full-length dome, which never was in the inventory until one came from Conrail after the recent split with CSX and was repainted from Conrail olive to NS (N&W match) maroon.
An excellent reference is the website which has available information on all flavors of prototype dome cars.
There were a few cases of dome cars in fan trip service behind the 611, including one full-length dome in Milwaukee orange and probably the Virginia Rail Investment Program dome car which I can't find a link to at the moment.

Jeff Cornelius

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Subject: The Powhatan Arrow

Hey Guys,


I collect 'O' scale electric trains. These are
rather expensive large model trains, not toys. Anyway, I have a

Powhatan Arrow train set with the #611 engine. This
train came with an overhead observation car. I grew up in Bluefield

during the '40s and '50s and I never recall seeing
the Arrow pulling an overhead observation car. And the train passed

in front of our home twice a day in Bluefield, VA.
It ran westbound at 3pm and back eastbound at 4pm. every day. Does

anybody know for sure if the Arrow ever
pulled?an overhead observation car? ?If it did then somehow I missed
it, but if it

didn't then my Arrow model set is not quite as
accurate as it should be. Thanks for any help with my curiosity.


Jack Tibbs

Martinsville, Va.

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