Powhatan Arrow 611
Let us hear about your Saturday rides to shop in Bluefield. The two matchbook covers on the left are from the Powhatan Arrow


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When I was about 7 my Mom would put me on the Powhatan Arrow in Welch for Roanoke to visit my cousin. One of the train masters would take me to the rear of the train so I could see out the back door. Only time I got afraid was going from car to car because the cars were swaying and noisy!!
Aug. 23, 2013  By: Peggy Kender Cabaniss
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I thought the Powhatan Arrow was the coolest thing on wheels when I was growing up. We were taught to get across the crossings "so we wouldn't get run over by the Powhatan Arrow"! thougt it a beautiful engine but sure was fearsome too!(once saw it at Davy and thought it must be 10 stories high!
Jun. 13, 2012  By: Jim Norton
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I remember walking to the overpass in Portsmouth Ohio as a kid in the 50's with my grandfather, a retired railroad brakeman. We would watch the Powhatan Arrow go through. My grandfather's name was John F. Thurman.
Feb. 12, 2011  By: Larry D. Slavens
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Great memories, I would ride the train from Welch to Norfolk, VA to visit my sister, we moved to Portsmouth, VA 1954.
Jul. 28, 2009  By: Magdalene Kennett Ferrell
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It was the first train I ever rode. I came back from a family reunion in Roanoke to Welch in the mid-50s. Trains are my favorite way to travel.
Jul. 27, 2009  By: Joe_Tabor@comcast.net
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I rode the Powhatan Arrow to Roanoke when I went to business school in Roanoke, Virginia. I attended National Business College in Roanoke. It is now located in Salem, Virginia.
Dec. 1, 2008  By: Gladys Epperly De Felice
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DOES ANYONE ELSE RECALL IN THE LATE 40'S OR EARLY 50'S WHEN ONE EVENING TOW TRAINS COLLIDED AND THE CRASH WAS HEARD FOR MILES. SURE DID TERRIFY ME AS A SMALL CHILD WHO DID HEAR IT !??
Sep. 9, 2007  By: BETTY SHAWVER HOPP
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People must get sick of my stories about growing up in WV and my love for trains. I began begging my mother to eat in the dining car on the Powhatan Arrow at the age of 6. We picked it up in Northfork where we traveled to and from Roanoke to visit family. Thanks for the pictures and memories.
Jul. 6, 2007  By: Wadine Toliaferro, wtoliaferro@comcast.net
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I was 8 yrs. when the Powhatan Arrow made its first voyage thru Davy, WVA I remember the crowds waiting to see it. I'm 73 now and must resort to my model trains for reviving those memories.
Jan. 9, 2007  By: Bill Lane
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ROAD THE POWHATAN ARROW MANY TIMES BETWEEN THE1940'S AND 1958 WHEN I MOVED FROM GARY . WE WOULD BE ON OUR WAY HOME FROM VISITING MY MOMS PARENTS IN LEXINGTON , KY . WE WOULD GET THE ARROW AT CIN. OH. AND EAT IN THE DINNING CAR ON THE WAY TO WELCH . GREAT MEMORIES .
Dec. 8, 2006  By: KEN ROBERTSON
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No matter how many times I visit the pictures on Barbara's Picture Trail, I find I get lost in even more memories. I traveled on the Powhatan Arrow, two or three times a year, during the early 60s, when I would come back home from Kansas City. I also have a lot of memories of riding it to Marshall
Mar. 19, 2006  By: Nancy
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I took my young son to Powhatan to see the wreck of the Powhatan Arrow on the curve, and mentioned it in my book of my journey through the 20th century. I never forgot where I grew up. I'm 80 now but still proud of being a Welch WV native. Thanks for your hard work in preserving history & heritage
Mar. 8, 2006  By: ncdoulou@bellsouth.net
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When I was going to business school in Roanoke, Virginia, I would ride the train back and forth from Roanoke to Welch. This was in 1943 and 1944. This was during the war and there were lots of soldiers and sailors on the train. It was a joy to ride the Powhatan Arrow.
Feb. 22, 2006  By: Gladys J. Epperly De Felice
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I rode the Powhatan Arrow to Roanoke to visit my grandmother, can't remember which one, but think it must have been the 611, when my grandmother lived in Welch she worked in a "Beauty Shop" behind the Flat Iron Drug Store and I used to sit there and watch the trains come into Welch,
Feb. 20, 2006  By: Reggie Fallin
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I rode the Arrow coming home on leave from Boot Camp at Great Lakes in May, 1952.
Jan. 26, 2006  By: Bill Cooke
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I rode the 611 from welch to williamson at least once a month with my parents, have this picture on my pc.have all the tape' of this trains.i took the last ride when it came thru our town in Ohio.Those time's will never be forgotten!
Dec. 13, 2005  By: Raymond Spears
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Bob, I think I was in the 6th grade in 1951 and this when the school kids were taken down to the station to board the new state of the arts train.
Oct. 19, 2005  By: Barbara
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I seem to remember a contest to name the train.. when was that ?
Oct. 17, 2005  By: Bob Sarubbi
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I remember when the Powhatan Arrow begin running the rails. One of the first times it came through town (if not the very first time), I was in the second grade and our entire class walked, single file, down to the train station and took a walking tour through the train, including the passenger cars
Oct. 14, 2005  By: Nancy
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The first passenger train I ever rode. I have a different picture of this same 611 as the desktop on my computer at work. It gets lots of comments.
Oct. 14, 2005  By: Roy Morgan
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