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Date Vol-Issue Cover Title / Subtitle

Jul/Sep 201935-350 Years Ago / Remnants of Hurricane Camille brings major flooding to the N&W's Shenandoah Valley
Apr/Jun 201935-2The Arrow / High Noon on the N&W: Clinch Valley District; An N&W Pin-up!; Gordon Hamilton’s 1978 Strike Memories
Jan/Mar 201935-1The ARROW Norfolk and Western Historical Sociaty Magazine / High Noon on the N&W: KenovaDistrict, Modeling Virginian's "JK" Tower, A Bad Day on the N&W

Oct/Dec 201834-4The Arrow / High Noon on the N&W: Columbus District, The Beginnings of a Great Railroad, 1978 Strike Experience, 1968 Part 3
Jul/Sep 201834-3 / 1968 Part 2, High Noon on the N&W, The Beginnings of a Great Railroad
Apr/Jun 201834-2 / Outwitting the U-Boats, 1968 on the N&W, Destructive Fire, Virginian at Roanoke
Jan/Mar 201834-1Signaling Part 6 / The Unusal from Roanoke, Walton Tower, Villamont VA.

Oct/Dec 201733-4Steam's Last Stand / N&W Signaling 1930-1959 Part 5, The Virginian's V&W Branch
Jul/Sep 201733-3N&W Signaling, Part 4  / Portlock Yard, Bucky Wilson, Steel Gang Memories, Passenger Service on the Virginian’s New River Division
Apr/Jun 201733-2Men and Their Machine / Symbols of Renewal and Restoration, Virginian Railway Weekends at Twin Falls, Modeler: Buchanan County, Wreck of the Virginian 702
Jan/Mar 201733-1Buchanan Branch / The News is Never Easy: N&W 228 • T.R. Marshall’s Virginian Memories • N&W Signaling 1930–1959, Part 2 • Virginian C-1 Overview

Oct/Dec 201632-4N&W Signaling, Part 1 / Roanoke VGN Station, Beyond the Appalachians, The N&W-EL Cannonball
Jul/Sep 201632-3The N&W in Buffalo / Modeler: N&W and VGN Electrics, N&W-NKP Odds and Ends, Beyond the Appalachians
Apr/Jun 201632-2N&W's P&WV and AC&Y Diesels / N&WHS Archives: Deuces Wild, Buchanan Branch Summary, Beyond the Appalachians
Jan/Mar 201632-1N&W's Nickel Plate Diesels / High Bridge: Last Hope of the Confederacy • The N&W and the FP&E

Oct/Dec 201531-4Enlarging Honaker Tunnel / When Pocahontas Coke Started West, Rails Remembered-Chapter 88, Implementing the N&W Vision-part 4
Jul/Sep 201531-3611 is Fired Up! / Inside Roanoke Shops During WWII, Implementing the N&W Vision part 3
Apr/Jun 201531-2Beyond the Appalachians / Implementing the N&W Vision, N&W's 1964 Merger, The Sandusky District
Jan/Mar 201531-1Beyond the Appalachians / N&W Crossbucks, The Electric Virginian - part 5, Implementing the N&W Vision - part 1

Oct/Dec 201430-4The Electric VGN part 4 / Back to Boaz, Rails Remembered, The Electric Virginian
Jul/Sep 201430-3The Electric VGN / Three for the Ages, and Rails Remembered
Apr/Jun 201430-2A Great Locomotive Chase / The City Point Railroad, Rails Remembered Chapter 85: Diesels on the Peavine
Jan/Mar 201430-1The Debut of Alco RS-11s / On Home Rails, Rails Remembered, Chapter 84: The Debut of Alco

Oct/Dec 201329-4On the Durham Local in 1948, Modeler: The Station at Stanley pt 3 / Rails Remembered, Chapter 83: Diesels Invade the Pocahontas Coal Fields
Jul/Sep 201329-3BS&C Part 5, Today's Buchanan Branch, A Day at the Park Street Yard Office / Rails Remembered Chapter 82, Modeler: The Station at Stanley
Apr/Jun 201329-2TRAIN MASTERS / A Tribute to the Train Masters. Rails Remembered - Chapter 80
Jan/Mar 201329-1TRAIN MASTERS

Oct/Dec 201228-4Modeler: The Station at Stanley / 755th Battalion & Rails Remembered - Chapter 79
Jul/Sep 201228-3Thoughts on Retirement / A Vacation Relief Clerk at Bristol
Apr/Jun 201228-2Wytheville, VA Combination Station / Rails Remembered, Chapter 77
Jan/Mar 201228-1The Electric VGN, part 2 / Ex-N&W Locomotives in Service

Oct/Dec 201127-4The Electric VGN, part 1 / Modeler: Powhatan Arrow in HO
Jul/Sep 201127-3The Electric N&W, part 6 / Miracle at Coldwater
Apr/Jun 201127-2Rails Remembered, part 1 / The Electric N&W, part 5
Jan/Mar 201127-1The Electric N&W Part 4 / A Visit to Richlands

Oct/Dec 201026-4611 and 1218 at Night / August A. Thieme, Jr. / The McDowell County in HO / Fire in the Hole
Jul/Sep 201026-3Steam-Era GP9s / Dieselizing the N&W / The Electric N&W Part 3
Apr/Jun 201026-2The Electric N&W Part 2 / Repowering N&W Derricks / A Night to Remember
Jan/Mar 201026-1The Electric N&W Part 1 / When the N&W Wrecked the Liberty Bell Special

Oct/Dec 200925-4Diesel Timeline Part 3 / A J at 111, part 2 / The End of N&W's Banner Blue / Christmas Eve in Rural Retreat
Jul/Sep 200925-3A Ride on the Powhatan Arrow / 1941 Tender Lettering / Modeling the Virginia Oak Tannery
Apr/Jun 200925-2Diesel Timeline Part 2 / N&W History - Coal Line Connection / Modeling a Virginian H-3 Coal Car
Jan/Mar 200925-1The Class A 2-6-6-4 / Tribute to James N. Gillum / Class C-10 Caboose / Virginian's Victoria Depot

Oct/Dec 200824-4Diesel Timeline, Part 1 / Standard No. 2 Depot, 50-Ton Class B-5 boxcar, HC-19 Covered Hoppers, N&W Draftsmen
Jul/Sep 200824-3N&W's Alco RS-36s / Achival Data: N&W's Class SK Stock Car; Modeling N&W's Bicentennial SD45; Unloading a Car from a Boxcar
Apr/Jun 200824-2A J at 111 / A more Powerful Steam Locomotive / N&W Position Light Signals
Jan/Mar 200824-1The N&W in Marion, Ohio / O. Winston Link's N&W Recordings

Oct/Dec 200723-4The Buchanan Branch, Part 4: The Levisa Extension / T-6 Out the Windows, A tour at Dunlap, Running Trains by Remote Control
Jul/Sep 200723-3Alcos of Lamberts Point / Virginian USRA 2-8-8-2s / Coal Pier 6 at Lamberts Point
Apr/Jun 200723-2The J Juniors
Jan/Mar 200723-1The Big Sandy & Cumberland, Part 2

Nov/Dec 200622-6T vs J / The day the Pennsy came to Roanoke, and why
Sep/Oct 200622-5RETURN TO STEAM! / Full Coverage of our 2006 Convention!
Jul/Aug 200622-4The Big Sandy & Cumberland, Part 1 / Plus: N&W Freight Car Roster #20-1955
May/Jun 200622-3Streamliner No More / The Class J's in Freight Service
Mar/Apr 200622-2EMD's SD40-2 / From N&W to NS
Jan/Feb 200622-1Depot Extraordinaire, Part 2 / Roanoke 1905

Nov/Dec 200521-6Floating Locomotives / N&W in the Military Railway Service: The Sequel
Sep/Oct 200521-5Roanoke: Depot Extraordinaire! / Plus: Full Coverage of our Williamson Convention
Jul/Aug 200521-4N&W's Y-3's / Sage of an unsung workhorse
May/Jun 200521-3The Making of a Railfan I: / Austinville and the coming of the railroad
Mar/Apr 200521-2Williamson: An Early History / Reflections on the "A"
Jan/Feb 200521-1The Archives Story: A Legacy in Process / Over the course of a decade, a dream became an idea, then a reality

Nov/Dec 200420-6From Bluefield to Bellevue, The western end of the original N&W is still alive today / Pocahontas Division Passenger Trains after 1946
Sep/Oct 200420-5N&W Steam vs. Southern Diesels: The truth exposed! / Homecoming 2004: Convention in Roanoke and: Foreign Passenger Cars on the N&W
Jul/Aug 200420-4The Clinch Valley Line Part 3: Freight trains, branch lines and passengers too / What's the scoop with scoop cars?
May/Jun 200420-3Our Clinch Valley Series Continues: Touring the Clinch / your railfanning guide to Roanoke
Mar/Apr 200420-2The Clinch Valley Line /  A young boy's best day in Welch,WV...see back page
Jan/Feb 200420-1Elkhorn Tunnel -- The Sequel! / The Maybeury Trestles and Westward

Nov/Dec 200319-6Rebirth! N&W's Roanoke Station Comes Alive Again / A Progress report on the N&W/O. Winston Link Museum Opening January 2004
Sep/Oct 200319-5The Engines They Called 'Water Buffalos' / Our 2003 Convention: Weekend in Winston
Jul/Aug 200319-4Modeling an Accurate N&W Coal Train: Conclusion / N&W's Service in WWII: 2
May/Jun 200319-3N&W in the MIlitary Railway Service / "Keeping 'em Rolling" in World War II
Mar/Apr 200319-2The Search for the First Elkhorn Tunnel / N&W's "Racetrack"
Jan/Feb 200319-11776: The one you saw...the ones you didn't / N&W's Class BMf Baggage/Mail Cars

Nov/Dec 200218-6Monkey Motion / Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Steam Locomotive Valve Gear
Sep/Oct 200218-5Our Lynchburg Convention / And... A Depot Reclaimed, A Depot Reborn
Jul/Aug 200218-4The Forgotten N&W: POTTS VALLEY / Adventures on the Durham Line and: N&W's Class GD Gondola
May/Jun 200218-3The N&W... Circa '57 / N&W Branch Lines III: POCAHONTAS
Mar/Apr 200218-2Bluestone Junction / 3 Miles of Track... A century of Change
Jan/Feb 200218-1Our Dieselization Series Continues! / Chaos Out Of Order . . .

Nov/Dec 200117-6The Bluestone Branch / Revisited!
Sep/Oct 200117-5The new technology / Our Dieselization Series Continues
Jul/Aug 200117-4How Dieselization Happended / The Complete Story!
May/Jun 200117-3THE BASICS of STEAM, Part 3 / Exploring the Bluestone Branch
Mar/Apr 200117-2Norfolk and Western's Domeliner to Los Angeles! / And: The Battle For Jenny's Gap
Jan/Feb 200117-1End of the Line ...for a famed Cincinnati bridge / The Basics of Steam, Wandering Tuscan: An Update

Nov/Dec 200016-6Mr. Percival's Island, The fascinating story of N&W Island Yard in Lynchburg / Death of a Pelican, Trains 41/42, from A-powered to sad demise
Sep/Oct 200016-5Convention 2000 / Less is more (more or less), Boiler improvements to N&W's Y5s & Y6s
Jul/Aug 200016-4"Gateway To the Future" Cincinnati Union Terminal, The Glorious Conclusion of the Cincinnati Story / "I Saved an N&W Signal!", Improving the N&WHS "Fishbelly" Hopper
May/Jun 200016-3The Cincinnati Story 2: Cincinnati Union Terminal / Railroading in our Convention City: That Ol' All Day Eastbound
Mar/Apr 200016-2The Cincinnati Story: How the magnificent Cincinnati Union Station came to be / Discovering the oddities in the N&W steam fleet
Jan/Feb 200016-1One Man's Quest: The search for "The Shops" At Page / Designing N&W Steam Power: Part 2

Nov/Dec 199915-6Before The J's / Design N&W Steam Power, Tractive Effort Explained!
Sep/Oct 199915-5Reunion in Roanoke, Convention '99 / Love Affair With An 8-Wheel Switcher
Jul/Aug 199915-4N&WHS 15th Anniversary
May/Jun 199915-3A Home Away From Home / Norfolk & Western's YMCAs
Mar/Apr 199915-2The Sleepers they called 'The County Cars' / Changing Signals on the Bristol Line
Jan/Feb 199915-1Slickin' 'Em through Sardinia: N&W's Pesky Peavine / All Cabeese Were NOT Created Equal

Nov/Dec 199814-6Passenger Station Paint Schemes: Just what color WERE they? / A Day in the Life of a Yard Crew
Sep/Oct 199814-5Convention '98 / Travelin' the Bristol Line
Jul/Aug 199814-4Markers / Everything you always wanted to know about Markers but were afraid to ask
May/Jun 199814-3The Many Stations of Mullens / Convention Preview: The history and modeling of THe Abingdon Branch
Mar/Apr 199814-2The Shay! / N&W's Stemwinding Sidewinder:
Jan/Feb 199814-1Norfolk & Western's Oil-Burners / Steam vs. Diesel In 1952: Did N&W Cheat?

Nov/Dec 199713-6The Trouble With Steam / Modeling the Shenandoah Depot
Sep/Oct 199713-5N&WHS Convention '97 / Old memories New technology
Jul/Aug 199713-4Steam Locomotive Lettering / The Evolution of the "N&W Look"
May/Jun 199713-3The Pickaway County Special / Tribute to a Trackside Physician
Mar/Apr 199713-2Collision at Kumis / Dueling Railroads: The C&O and N&W in Ohio. History of the South Side RR:4
Jan/Feb 199713-1Bluefield's Tower of Power / N&W Passenger Car History - An Update

Nov/Dec 199612-6Salute to a Streamliner / The Powhatan Arrow Turns 50
Sep/Oct 199612-5Convention '96: Bluefield and Black Diamonds
Jul/Aug 199612-4The Travelin' Molly / Saga of the 485
May/Jun 199612-3Next Stop ...Bluefield / 1996 N&WHS Convention Preview
Mar/Apr 199612-2Return to Splendor
Jan/Feb 199612-1Hagerstown, A Post-Merger report

Nov/Dec 199511-6Photographic Memories
Sep/Oct 199511-5Convention '95! The N&WHS in Petersburg / Special All Passenger Issue
Jul/Aug 199511-4The Huckelberry, A fond look back at the Blacksburg Branch / Plus...In-Depth Modeling By Wilson McClung: N&W Bulkhead Flats
May/Jun 199511-3The Arrow
Mar/Apr 199511-2Remaining N&W GP-35s Now Retired
Jan/Feb 199511-1The Arrow / Official Publication of the Norfolk & Western History Society

Nov/Dec 199410-6N&W Class A #1208
Sep/Oct 199410-5The 1994 Roanoke Convention / A decade of progress
Jul/Aug 199410-4A Pictorial Review of N&W Motive Power / Last Installment
May/Jun 199410-3The Red Birds
Mar/Apr 199410-2A Pictorial Review of N&W Motive Power / Part Two
Jan/Feb 199410-1A Pictorial Review of N&W Motive Power / Part One

Nov/Dec 19939-6N&W Class Y3a 2-8-8-2
Sep/Oct 19939-5Where Rails Meet Sails 1993 / Convention coverage
Jul/Aug 19939-4N&W GP-18s / Part 2
May/Jun 19939-3N&W GP-18s / Part 1
Mar/Apr 19939-2All Aboard, Shenandoah / N&W Passenger Service in the Shenandoah Valley
Jan/Feb 19939-1Rogers and His Railroad / A History of the Virginian Railway

Nov/Dec 19928-6N&W Auxillary Water Tenders
Sep/Oct 19928-5Williamson 1992 / Convention coverage
Jul/Aug 19928-4Coal Piers / Coal Pier #5
May/Jun 19928-3Williamson WV
Mar/Apr 19928-2Class E-3 Pacifics
Jan/Feb 19928-1The Powhatan Arrow / The Inspiration of a Name

Nov/Dec 19917-6NS Steam Program
Sep/Oct 19917-5The Narrows Branch
Jul/Aug 19917-4Bellevue 1991 / Convention coverage
May/Jun 19917-3N&W Wrecks / Part 2: 1948 - 1953
Mar/Apr 19917-2N&W Wrecks / Part 1: 1948 - 1953
Jan/Feb 19917-1Coal Piers / Part 4

Nov/Dec 19906-6Norfolk and Western's 4-8-0's / The proposed Class M3
Sep/Oct 19906-5The Virginian Railways Eastern End... / it appears today
Jul/Aug 19906-4Coal Piers / Part 3
May/Jun 19906-3Norfolk and Western's 4-8-0's / Part 3, Class M2
Mar/Apr 19906-2Coal Piers / Part 2
Jan/Feb 19906-1Norfolk and Western's 4-8-0's / Part 2, Class M1

Nov/Dec 19895-6Coal Piers / Part 1
Sep/Oct 19895-5Norfolk and Western's 4-8-0's / Part 1, Class M
Jul/Aug 19895-4The EMD GP30 / From an Operating Viewpoint
May/Jun 19895-3Passenger Geeps / Part 3
Mar/Apr 19895-2Modern Steam Engine Facilities / N&W Streamlines Steam Servicing
Jan/Feb 19895-1The Celanese Pressure Cooker

Nov/Dec 19884-6Passenger Geeps / Part II
Sep/Oct 19884-5Shenandoah Junction
Jul/Aug 19884-4Passenger Geeps / Part 1
May/Jun 19884-3Headlights and Backup Lights / Part 2: Diesel Locomotives
Mar/Apr 19884-2The Chesapeake Western Bridge is Back
Jan/Feb 19884-1Headlights and Backup Lights / Part 1: Steam Locomotives

Nov/Dec 19873-6Field tests of GE C39-8 locomotives
Sep/Oct 19873-5The Norfolk & Western Coaling Towers
Jul/Aug 19873-4The N&W's T-6 Part 2
May/Jun 19873-3The ALCO T-6, N&W's Switcher
Mar/Apr 19873-2Scale Test Cars
Jan/Feb 19873-1Annual Report 1955

Nov/Dec 19862-6The Norfolk & Western Coal Piers
Sep/Oct 19862-5Passenger Equipment / Part II
Jul/Aug 19862-4The "Modern" Steam Switcher
May/Jun 19862-3Christiansburg Depot
Mar/Apr 19862-2H-10-44's and H-12-44's / Prototype and Model
Jan/Feb 19862-1The Flood of '85 / Part 1

Nov/Dec 19851-6N&W's First Diesels
Sep/Oct 19851-5Is the 1218 to Breathe Again?
Jul/Aug 19851-4Coal Cars of the N&W / New series begins this issue...
May/Jun 19851-3Twenty-Five Years Ago This Month...
Mar/Apr 19851-2N&W Trainmasters
Jan/Feb 19851-1N&W Alco C628's

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