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Take a tour of this Pocahontas Region coal hauler and discover how the Norfolk and Western Railway made the transition from a predominantly regional coal hauling railroad to a major midwestern carrier, thus adding such fine passenger trains as the Wabash Cannonball, Banner Blue, Blue Bird, City of Kansas City and others to its own Pocahontas, Powhatan Arrow, and Cavalier passenger trains and better balance its freight traffic mix. See how the N&W evolved and how it ended up when the creation of Norfolk Southern in 1982 came along. Sample freight and passenger schedules, equipment rosters and other information are all here to make your trip on the Route of Precision Transportation a more enjoyable one. All Aboard. Pocahontas is now ready for passenger boarding at Track No.2.

FAMILY TREES OF THE NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILWAY















1.Nickel Plate Road















A.New York,Chicago & St. Louis RR 523 miles















b.Lake Erie & Western Railroad, 707 miles















1.Fremont and Indiana















2.Peru and Indianapolis















3.Northern Ohio















C.Clover Leaf















1.Toledo,St. Louis & Western















D.Wheeling and Lake Erie 500 miles















1.Carroll County Railroad















2.Cleveland,Canton & Southern















3.Cleveland Belt Terminal















4.Zanesville Belt and Terminal















5.Lorain & West Virginia















6.Adena Railroad















7.Bellaire & Valley Jct.















2.WABASH RAILROAD















A.Northern Cross (Sangamon & Morgan RR)















B.Sangamon & Morgan (Great Western)















C.Toledo & Illinois RR















D.Lake Erie,Wabash&St. Louis RR















E.Eel River Railroad















F.St.Louis, Kansas City & Northern















3.NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILWAY















A.Southside Railroad















B.City Point Railroad















C.Norfolk and Petersburg















D.Shenandoah Valley Railroad















E.Virginia & Tennessee Railroad















F.Lynchburg and Durham















G.Roanoke and Southern















H.Virginia Creeper















I.Scioto Valley















J.Cincinnati,Portsmouth & Virginia















K.Virginian Railway















L.Chesapeake Western Railway















M.Norfolk,Franklin & Danville















PEOPLE WHO MADE IT ALL WORK







The Norfolk and Western Railway had thousands of men and women endeavoring to make the railroad the Route of Precision Transportation and they succeeded. The following men who sat in the President's Chair provided the necessary leadership to make the Norfolk and Western the great railroad it was and transition it from a Pocahontas Region coal carrier to a significent Midwestern/Northeastern railroad that handled freight of all kinds, though passenger service provided the glamour side of railroad operations. Here are the men who headed the N&W over the years:







1.William Mahone







2.George F. Tyler







3.Henry Fink







4.Frederick J. Kimball







5.Lucius E. Johnson







6.Nicholas D. Maher







7.William J. Jenks







8.Arthur C. Needles







9.Robert B. 'Racehorse'Smith







10.Stuart T. Saunders (later headed PRR and PC)







11.Herman Pevler (ex Wabash chief)







12.John P. Fishwick







13.Robert B. Claytor (launched 611 excursion program)







Of these N&W Presidents, Bob Claytor is best remembered for his role of restoring J-Class steamer 611 to operation and launching an excursion program for this beautiful locomotive.



PASSENGER OPERATIONS



While the Norfolk and Western is generally thought of as a coal hauling railroad serving the Pocahontas region, it did,however endeavor to provide residents of its service area with good passenger service connecting the communities served by the N&W to the outside world. Its main line service consisted of three pairs of trains operating between Norfolk,Virginia and Cincinnati,Ohio. The first of the three feature trains, The Pocahontas, made its first run on November 21,1926. This was followed by The Cavalier, which served Virginia, in 1928. The last of the three feature trains to grace N&W's mainline, The Powhatan Arrow, made its debut in April, 1946. When the Norfolk and Western absorbed the Nickel Plate Road and leased the Wabash Railroad in October,1964, the addition of these two railroads into the N&W system added a relatively extensive passenger network to N&W's own passenger service. Condensed timetables for these services are shown here in, all taken from public timetables dated October 25,1964.

CONDENSED TIMETABLES OF N&W PASSENGER SERVICES OF 1964

Table 1. Ex NKP Buffalo -Chicago via Fort Wayne

5 Stations 6

203o Lv Buffalo, NY Ar 1220

2200 Erie,PA 1035

2242 ar Conneaut,OH Lv 1000

2248 Lv Conneaut,OH Ar 0935

0015 Ar Cleveland,OH Lv 0830

0045 Lv Cleveland,OH Ar 0810

0211 Ar Bellevue,OH Lv 0633

0214 Lv Bellevue,OH Ar 0630

0455 Ar Fort Wayne,IN Lv 0339

0515 Lv Fort Wayne,IN AR 0341

0740 Ar Chicago,IL Lv 2330

Table 2. Detroit-Fort Wayne-St. Louis (Wabash)

3 1 Stations 2 4

2110 0730 Lv Detroit,MI Ar 0655 2035

2345 0955 Ar Fort Wayne,IN Lv 0350 1753

0010 1008 Lv Fort Wayne,IN Ar 0330 1738

0123 1059 Wabash,IN 0223 1646

1240 1019 Ar Peru,IN cst Lv 0106 1528

1254 1026 Lv Peru,IN Ar 0056 1523

0510 1345 AR Decatur,IL Lv 2105 1156

0527 1405 Lv Decatur,IL Ar 2055 1146

0810 1655 Ar St. Louis,MO Lv 1850 0910

Table 3. Chicago-Decatur-Detroit (ex Wabash RR)

111 121 Stations 112 124

1055 1645 Lv Chicago, IL Ar 1450 2130

1229 1814 Ar Forrest Lv 1324 1950

1229 1814 Lv Forrest Ar 1324 1950

1355 1929 Ar Decatur Lv 1151 1830

1405 1934 Lv Decatur,IL Ar 1146 1827

1535 2102 Edwardsville 1014 1703

1351 2119 Granite City,IL 1001 1650

1655 2225 Ar St.Louis Lv 0910 1600

Table4. St.Louis-Council Bluffs

211 Stations 214

1830 Lv St. Louis,MO Ar 0855

2131 Centralia 0533

2235 Ar Moberly,MO Lv 0500

2240 Lv Moberly,MO Ar 0425

0330 Ar Stanberry,MO Lv 0045

0335 Lv Stanberry,MO Ar 0045

0810 Ar Council Bluffs Lv 2045
Table 5.Norfolk-Cincinnati via Original N&W
21-15 3 25 Stations 26 16 4
2135 1305 0530 L Norfolk,Va A 0130 0705 1710
2330 1445 0705 Ar Petersburg L 2345 0510 1510
0005 1500 0705 Lv Petersburg A 2345 0435 1500
0255 1730 0925 Ar Lynchburg L 2125 0155 1231
0335 1735 0925 Lv Lynchburg A 2125 0135 1226
0500 1845 1035 Ar Roanoke,VA L 2020 0025 1120
0615 1905 1045 Lv Roanoke,VA A 2010 2330 1100
0930 2150 1315 Ar Bluefield L 1740 2040 0825
---- 2200 1325 Lv Bluefield A 1730 ----- 0815
---- 0050 1615 Ar Williamson L 1425 ----- 0522
---- 0105 1620 Lv Williamson A 1420 ----- 0507
---- 0345 1905 Ar Portsmouth L 1130 ---- 0210
---- 0405 2040 Lv Portsmouth A 1125 ----- 0150
---- 0655 2155 Ar Cincinnati L 0845 ----- 2315
Notes for Table 5:
1. 3-4 The Pocahontas
2. 25-26 The Powhatan Arrow
3. 15-16 The Cavalier
Table 2.
1-4 Wabash Cannonball
3.St.Louis Limited
2.Detroit Limited
Table 1.
5 City of Chicago
6.City of Cleveland

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