The Powhatan Arrow

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Fri May 16 21:04:28 EDT 2008

Actually, Ray, I think the domes were added to the Pocahontas after the Powhatan Arrow was discontinued. It was part of the effort to convince the ICC that the railroad really was trying to run a good train.

Sam Putney

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There was a dome car on the Powhatan Arrow for a brief while in the mid/late 1960's, long after the days of steam.

Ray Smoot

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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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Hey Guys,

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

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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