1941 Along The Right Of Way

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Tue Apr 15 00:01:44 EDT 2014


That makes perfect sense. A "K" before the days of streamlining. Thanks for the info on that.

I do remember the "boy and his dog" image, too, now that you mention it. I probably let someone else win that auction because my collecting all centered around the Arrow in the beginning. Family ties there, since my great-grandfather won the naming contest for the Arrow.

Speaking of that contest, if you have any of the photos of the prize check presentation, those were taken at (and inside) the section house (apologies if not correct terminology) at Dry Branch. I've heard the house was torn down soon after he died, but I grew up near there. The "Along The Right Of Way" books listed Dry Branch in them, so there was an extra bit of interest there for me.

What began as family history research has been really rewarding. I know more about the N&W than I ever thought I would, even though I grew up right beside the tracks.

Vince Albert

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Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:35:41 -0400
Subject: Re: Subject: Re: 1941 Along The Right Of Way


I think that first one with the sepia cover is not an A, but a K along New River.

I'll see if I can dig mine out with the painting cover, I know my cover was damaged or torn, but it is a great painting, and I'd love to know who has the original of it, I'm told the original hung outside the PR department for years, but I never saw it in my time visiting. If I recall correctly, it was a boy and his dog, standing on top of a hill, looking down on the A an a freight train, painted by a fellow who worked in PR for several years. He was the same one who painted the J and Arrow train on the cover with the 1940 census data.

I think I remember seeing the auction for the book at $202.50, just goes to show what can happen if two people want something bad enough! However, something similar happened with some Virginian "broadsides" or excursion posters, over a period of a few weeks, the same seller listed something like five flyers, over time. The first one went for about $150 something, the second for $90 something, the third which was actually two for one price, ended up at like $35, the last one ended up at $18. So, how do you think the first two buyers felt about their value, when the last three went for less than the price of one of the others? I know how I felt, I was glad to get those last three, and glad my bids fell far short on the first two.

As far as I could tell, none would have been any more valuable or special than the others, all for excursion trips to the beach or a fair. So, there is no real telling on value. What someone wants to pay, is what they will spend. It might well be worth that much to them, but on the open market, not so much.


On Apr 12, 2014, at 11:07 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:

> Ken


> Thanks for the reply re the booklets. I have four, but none with a freight train. They are as follows:


> - Sepia cover with an "A" pulling a heavyweight consist beside a stream. 1930 census cited.


> - The one that started this thread, with the Powhatan Arrow artwork. 1940 census.


> - Powhatan Arrow passing under signal catwalk. 1950 census.


> - Two people on rocky peak overlooking large valley. 1950 census and 1958 Rand-McNally reference book.


> Those are the only four I can remember seeing listed for sale anywhere. Now I want one with a freight... .


> As an aside, I have an old auction listing printed here from 2008 that shows the 1940's edition sold for $202.50. Not the one I bought, but the price amazed me so much I kept it as a record of what people will sometimes pay during "good" times.


> Thanks again.

> Vince Albert

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