Your ticket to the exciting history of the Norfolk & Western and Virginian railroads is a membership in the N&W Historical Society!
We're enthusiasts like you, dedicated to appreciating, preserving, and promoting the history of the N&W and VGN. We teach and pass along knowledge to each other, discovering new information about the railroads almost every week. Everyone from beginner to expert is welcome, and we encourage you to join and get involved to help us advance one of your (and our) favorite subjects!
N&WHS is a non-profit, international organization of over 1,400 history enthusiasts—individuals who worked for railroads, modelers, educators, writers, railfans— who enjoy learning about the N&W/Virginian. N&WHS is known and respected throughout the railroad history community.
N&WHS Members enjoy broadening their knowledge of the N&W/Virginian through oral history, searching the archives, and the discovery of what really happened in the development of the two railways. Our members write articles for our quarterly historical magazine, The Arrow, present clinics at our conventions, and contribute their knowledge to our many electronic mailing list discussions.
One of the prime benefits of membership in the Norfolk & Western Historical Society is our quarterly magazine, The Arrow, which takes its name from N&W’s famous passenger train, The Powhatan Arrow. Each issue is packed full of historical material, wonderful stories from the past, and modeling articles, all complemented with lots of photos.
N&WHS Membership is your ticket to discounts at the N&WHS Commissary—a treasure trove of material produced exclusively by and for the N&WHS, as well as dozens of items from other sources. With each issue of The Arrow you’ll receive a catalogue of everything our commissary offers.
In addition to The Arrow, we produce a B&W calendar of previously unpublished photos, printed edge to-edge, in a 12” x 9” format, suitable for framing! Every photo is captioned. The Society is actively engaged in publishing original books about the N&W and Virginian.
Members have an opportunity to attend the annual N&WHS National Convention of education and collegiality in or near an original N&W/Virginian on-line city. You can be part of this exciting tradition that has drawn friends together for more than 30 years! There are seminars on all aspects of the railroad—history, locomotives, rolling stock, structures, modeling—as well as modeling and photography contests. Meet fellow enthusiasts and, when opportunities permit, tour railroad-related sites and structures. This annual summer event brings experts and novices together to learn about what made these railroads great! Our convention is a time to make new friends and renew old acquaintances.
Members have access to the N&WHS Archives in Roanoke, Virginia, where we actively work to preserve the past for the next generation of railroad historians. Documents from the Archives played a critical role in the restoration of the Class J 611. With over 100,000 items indexed and online—about a third of our holdings—we are achieving our goal of preserving N&W and Virginian Railway historical records, data, drawings, and other materials that would otherwise be lost forever. Our publications are based on or supplemented with information from our Archives. Volunteers are welcome to join on Archives work-sessions. Your membership will help us continue our success!
There are four Membership Classes:
- REGULAR: Provides all regular N&WHS benefits for one year.
- SUSTAINING: Includes all regular N&WHS benefits for one year AND provides additional support for the work of the Society. Any amount over regular membership is tax-deductible in the USA.
- FOREIGN: Includes all regular N&WHS benefits for one year and includes the cost of foreign mailing.
- FOREIGN SUSTAINING: This option gives our foreign members the opportunity to provide additional support.