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Issue Details
Cover Title: The Electric VGN, part 1
Cover Subtitle: Modeler: Powhatan Arrow in HO
On the Cover: Virginian EL-3A electrics are on a mixed freight in April 1956. The Virginian electrified its coal hauling west end almost exactly 10 years after the N&W electrified its Elkhorn Grade. Consequently, the Virginian’s electrification was built upon the knowledge base that had been accumulated from the earlier projects, with Westinghouse at the forefront. This issue begins coverage of the Virginian electrification.
Articles In This Issue
The N&W & Virginian Modeler / Model Review - Powhatan Arrow Passenger Cars - James F. Brewer
  Photo Car 491, D1 Diner (James F. Brewer)
  Photo Car 540, P3 Coach (James F. Brewer)
  Photo Car 501, P1 Coach (James F. Brewer)
  Photo Car 511, P2 Divided Coach (James F. Brewer)
  Photo Car 581, P4 Tavern-Lounge Observation (James F. Brewer)
  Photo Detail of the close coupling option between coach 540 and divided coach 511. (James F. Brewer)
  Photo Detail of the wide coupling option between coach 532 and diner 491. (James F. Brewer)
  Photo End of tavern-lounge observation 581. (James F. Brewer)
  Photo Interior of P1 coach. (James F. Brewer)
  Photo Interior view of car lighting. (James F. Brewer)
Operating George's Railroad / (Modeler) - Mat Thompson
  Photo George Hughes. (Mat Thompson photo)
  Photo A pair of Virginian electrics are on the move on George Hughes’ HO-scale railroad. George’s railroad was well-developed but hadn’t ever been the subject of an operating session. As his health failed, a courageous group of George’s friends set to work to operate the railroad, hoping George could join them. Alas, it was not to be, but Laura carried the torch forward. (George Hughes photo)
  Photo Laura Hughes brings the Powhatan Arrow into Bluefield. (Mat Thompson photo)
  Photo Author Mat Thompson has empties on the roll at one of the operating sessions. (Laura Hughes photo)
  Table Schedule and Operating Scheme A table laying out the throttle ID, Location, Description, Power, and Notes.
  Photo A pair of SD45s has loads in tow passing through Littleburg. (George Hughes photo)
  Photo Steve Williams is enjoying himself while switching a local freight. (Mat Thompson photo)
  Photo Pete LaGuardia at Stroube-Hughes. (Mat Thompson photo)
Rails Remembered - Chapter 75 / A New Beginning and Some Rare Privileges - Louis M. Newton
  Photo This view shows a portion of the coal classification yard at Portsmouth, Ohio, looking west, on an unknown date. All westbound coal in single car lots was humped, classified, weighed and billed at Portsmouth. (John Barriger photo, N&WHS Archives collection)
  Photo When Y-6 locomotives derailed at the same location near downtown Roanoke on consecutive days, February 9 and 10, 1954, The Roanoke Times was quick to publicize the matter. (Louis M. Newton collection)
  Photo Virginian Railway train No. 4 was at Victoria, Virginia, on a rainy February 21, 1954. The two-story structure partially visible at right served as the passenger station and the Norfolk Division headquarters. (Louis M. Newton photo)
  Photo A closer view of Class PA Pacific 212, partially obscured by steam. Note the man with the oil cans servicing the locomotive, which ran through from Roanoke to Norfolk. (Louis M. Newton photo)
  Photo The Virginian in earlier days, probably in the mid-1920’s. A handwritten caption on the back of this photo reads: “Westbound Virginian passing the Victor Arthur home,” which would place it about 2.5 miles east of Huddleston, Virginia. An EA 4-4-0 is handling a head-end car and five or six coaches. (Louis M. Newton collection)
  Photo An eastbound Virginian train apparently at the same location as the photo on the previous page, with a similar locomotive and consist. (Louis M. Newton collection)
  Table Three tables outlining the times and events from Roanoke Yard to Crewe and back again. (Louis M. Newton collection)
  Photo 2 photos: Despite the primitive appearance of the wooden coaling station at Crewe, Virginia, the structure survived until after the end of steam operations on the N&W. (N&WHS Archives collection)
  Photo This is a view of the snow-covered N&W yard and shops at Williamson, West Virginia. The view is looking west and shows two roundhouses on January 19, 1940. The through-truss bridge carried Pond Creek Branch over Tug Fork into Kentucky. (N&WHS Archives collection)
  Photo This view of Williamson Yard and shop shows the “lubritorium” (partially obscured by smoke) that was erected on site of old west roundhouse in 1945. (N&WHS Archives collection)
  Photo Norfolk Division westbound local train No. 7 is at Lynchburg Union Station on April 3, 1954, with Class K-1 Mountain type 108 substituting for the usual K-2. (Louis M. Newton photo)
  Photo A closer view of K-1 108, a classic Mountain type locomotive built at Roanoke Shops in 1917 and modernized in the late 1940s. (Louis M. Newton photo)
  Photo Symbols of passenger service in the “good old days.” A delicious meal followed by a comfortable night’s rest. (Louis M. Newton collection)
The Electric Virginian / Part 1: The Virginian Decides to Electrify - Kevin EuDaly
  Photo Uncaptioned photo of VGN 132.
The Viginian Electrification / Railway Age, May 5, 1923 - Kevin EuDaly
  Photo The occasion of this gathering is lost to the ages, but EL-3A 104 is featured in this head-on view at an unknown location. The date is also unknown, but the locomotive appears to be relatively new. Whatever the occasion, there is nary a smile in the entire gathering when the shutter was tripped. (N&WHS Archives collection)
Vigininan to Electrify 134 Miles of Line / Railway Age, May 5, 1923 - Kevin EuDaly
  Map This map of the Virginian Railway from Mullens, West Virginia, to Roanoke, Virginia, is accurate for 1923. (courtesy Railway Age, Kevin EuDaly collection)
  Drawing This is the condensed profile of the Virginian Railway from Mullens, West Virginia, to Roanoke, Virginia, from 1923. (courtesy Railway Age, Kevin EuDaly collection)
Electrification Gets a New Impetus in Virginian Railway Project / Electric Railway Hournal, May 5, 1923 - Kevin EuDaly
Locomotives for the Virginian Electrification / Electric Railway Journal, May 5, 1923 - Kevin EuDaly
  Photo Virginian’s 800-class smalldrivered 2-10-10-2 Mallets were mountain crawlers, designed for moving high tonnage at low speeds. The 807 is parked at Roanoke, Virginia, on an unknown date. (J. R. Reid photo, Earl Finger collection)
  Photo A heavy coal train works eastbound west of Rock, West Virginia, behind Virginian steam power in 1923. (Railway Age photo courtesy Simmons Boardman)
  Drawing The electric motive power planned for the Virginian is of the typical boxcab design similar to that employed by the Norfolk & Western in its electric operations in the same type of territory. The locomotives are to be built by Westinghouse and will be classed as EL-3A, coupled in three-unit sets. (courtesy Simmons Boardman)
  Map This map and profile of the Virginian shows the section that was planned to be electrified in relation to the entire system. As can be seen from the profile, the electrification was in the rugged part of the Virginian. (courtesy Simmons Boardman)
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