Vol. 35, No. 2 April / June 2019  Issue Select 
Issue Details
Cover Title: The Arrow
Cover Subtitle: High Noon on the N&W: Clinch Valley District; An N&W Pin-up!; Gordon Hamilton’s 1978 Strike Memories
On the Cover: August A. Thieme, Jr. captured a classic N&W scene as the crew of Extra 2101 is in the siding at Swords Creek on the Clinch Valley District. Their extra train, signified by the dirty white flags, has either dropped or picked up cars from the nearby mine. They are working back towards Norton. The weather is beautiful on this April day, 1955. The crew is gathered at the call box trying to learn when they might be able to reach the main and back up to speed.
Articles In This Issue
High Noon on the Norfolk and Western / A Thursday in August 1955 - Glenn Fisher
  Photo This view of the famed excursion with 2174 running over the Trace Fork viaduct could be considered the definition of the Clinch Valley and Dry Fork branch, high steel bridges crossing valleys in mountainous territory. This scene was July 11, 1959 and a farewell to steam excursion. The Class A 1240 powered the train out of Roanoke to Bluefield. From there 2174 took the train west to Iaeger, then down the Dry Fork branch to Cedar Bluff and back to Bluefield, where 1240 took the train back to Roanoke arriving at almost 10:00 pm.  (Peter J. Fifer Collection/NWHS Archives NG100219)
  Photo We are lucky! August Thieme visited the Norton engine terminal on August 8, 1947 providing us the view showing Louisville and Nashville M2, No. 1492 and an N&W Class M 4-8-0. The 1492, home-built L&N 2-8-2, was probably not long for this scene, as the class began to be scrapped in 1950 and replaced by diesels. (August A. Thieme, Jr. Photon/NWHS Archives PA00117 )
  Map Norton Yard. The deep end of the Clinch Valley gets very little coverage on the N&W. This drawing gives a good overview of the yard, the interchange with the Interstate and the location of the unusual two-level station serving the L&N, N&W and Interstate. Of course, all this is gone today. But this drawing remains a good representation of what was in place during the time frame of this article.  (NWHS Archives Drawing HS-T00041)
  Photo On March 31, 1955, August Thieme caught Y6b 2187 westbound at Boody, Virginia. The fireman is looking back over the seven loads, perhaps awaiting the signal from the brakeman on his way to the rear. (N&W HS Archives NG101210)
  Photo Norfolk And Western #563
  Photo An excellent aerial view of the N&W wye at Richlands, Virginia. The compact engine terminal is located within the wye track of the Big Creek Branch. This view is looking to the Northwest (top center it appears a tent revival or carnival might be in the offing at the baseball field.) Near Main Street at the east leg of the wye is the section foreman’s house. The lead track to the overhead coal wharf (lower right) actually comes off the main near the brick station out of the photo to the right. Why a larger concrete structure never was installed here is a mystery. Also of interest in the photo is a single composite hopper near the cab track and a single Y might be spotted to take on water and then move down to get coal. (Ernest Roisch/NWHS Archives Collection/NW02693)
  Photo It is getting late in the steam season in November 1959 as Y6 2126 has a mine run in tow at Auville Yard in Iaeger, West Virginia. This scene looked much the same since the 1920s, but in barely six months steam would be totally gone. (August A. Thieme/NWHS Archives Collection/NG101090 )
  Photo One of the Norfolk and Western photographers captured this view looking west at War, West Virginia in June 1948. It was one of several interesting names on depots that ultimately became a part of several articles in the Norfolk and Western Magazine (Norfolk and Western Photo/NWHS Archives Collection/NW10296 )
Norfolk and Western Strike of 1978  / Another perspective - Gordon Hamilton
  Map Just a month before the strike, GP9 No. 2528 leads a freight at Ashtabula, Ohio on June 3, 1978. (NWHS Archives Collection/ RB28105 )
  Photo Showing an N&W diesel train with three 4-axle units on a bridge.
  Photo While this image is not a direct connection to the 1978 strike as it is seven years later, it is the long bridge at Painsville, Ohio that Gordon references in his article. Two SD-40-2s lead a freight in October 1985  (NWHS Archives Collection/RB24261 )
  Chart Two track charts from the Pittsburgh Division.
  Photo This June 21, 1983 view of the Cleveland, Ohio, “elevated or L” mentioned in the article shows only about one-third of the length of the “L.” The two-thirds of the “L” ahead of the train includes the drawbridge over the Cuyahoga River. (John Benson Photo/NWHS Archives Collection/RB33622 )
  Photo On November 19, 1977, SD45 No. 1788, still in blue paint, leads a freight through Erie, PA. This is the corner of 19th Street and Liberty.  (David S. Albrewczynski Photo/ NWHS Archives Collection/RB25267 )
  Photo Just over a month after the end of the strike, N&W U-30C 8000 leads a train past the office building at Conneaut, Ohio. November 1978.  (E.L. Durnwald Photo/NWHS Archives Collection/RB33622 )
  Photo In April 1982, SD45 No. 1783 leads a train across the bridge at Lorain, Ohio. (Ed. Durnwald Photo/ NWHS Archives Collection/RB25230 )
  Photo GP-9R 2003 is leading a short train at Cleveland. This photo depicts the N&W trackage (upper level); on the far right of the N&W tracks is the rapid transit line with overhead wire. In the distance is Terminal Tower. (Ed. Durnwald Photo/NWHS Archives Collection/RB29140 )
Spring 1969 on the Norfolk and Western - Ken Miller
  Photo Miss Pocahontas poses on passenger GP-9 516, next to 505. This photo has to be the Arrow’s first pin up! (Norfolk and Western Photo/K.L. Miller Collection )
  Photo By October 1968, the Arrow had really declined; a single GP-9 pulls an express car and dome on the Cincinnati District. (Fred Beyerly Photo/NWHS Archives Collection/RB18852 )
  Photo On April 7, 1968, Gordon Hamilton was on board the dome car on the westbound Powhatan Arrow, No. 15-25 passing a time freight at Jug Neck, West Virginia. It appears that ex-Wabash Blue Bird diner 1050 is dead heading between an express car and two more head end cars. (Gordon Hamilton Photo/NWHS Archives Collection/DS00007 )
  Photo (Five images) The “new” Pocahontas generated a lot of new paper souvenirs, like the new timetable flyer and menus for the diner. The breakfast menu looks like a nice selection, at a decent price (even for the time). The note on the wine list about “Pay no more than prices…” kind of raises the question of why is that even necessary? (Author’s Collection )
  Sidebar (Reproduction of an advertisement appearing in newspapers throughout the country) Stepping back in time from the “new ” Pocahontas in 1969 to November 1926 when the train was officially christened as The Pocahontas . The schedule was improved by better than 3 hours previously to a running time of less than 21 hours .  (N&WHS Archives Collection )
Vol. 35, No. 2 April / June 2019  Issue Select