Excursions

2017 – The Powhatan Arrow

 

The Powhatan Arrow – Roanoke, Virginia to Lynchburg, Virginia

 

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May 27, 28, & 29, 2017

  • Standard Coach: $119, includes a complimentary snack
  • Deluxe Coach: $149, includes a complimentary snack
  • Parlor Class: $189, includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, and coffee
  • Dome Class: $259, includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, and coffee 
  • Chairman’s Class: $399, the ultimate in luxury and service. Attendants will prepare and serve hot meals, hors d’oeuvres, and soft drinks while you relax in this exclusive section of the train.

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7:00 AM Boarding in Roanoke
8:00 AM Depart Roanoke

10:00 AM Arrive Lynchburg
10:30 AM Depart Lynchburg
12:30 PM Arrive Roanoke

The Powhatan Arrow is a 98-mile morning roundtrip from Roanoke to Lynchburg over the famous Blue Ridge grade. Our journey begins by the renowned N&W East End Shops where 611 and her thirteen sisters were built. Throughout the trip, 611 returns to its roots, taking you along the Powhatan Arrow’s historic route. We will travel up the 1.2% grade that stretches for eight and a half miles over the Blue Ridge Mountains, and pass landmarks such as Boaz Siding where O. Winston Link captured one of his most famous photographs, “The Honey Hole.” This is where steam pushers and the famed steam turbine “Jawn Henry” coupled to the rear of trains to push them over the Blue Ridge grade.

You’ll ride under the Blue Ridge Parkway, and get a peek of the crest of the Blue Ridge. Then, out your window you will see the beloved Peaks of Otter, which Thomas Jefferson once thought to be the highest peaks in Virginia. We’ll pass the former depot for the town of Bedford, home of the National D-Day Memorial. Cross a stunning, high steel bridge over the Big Otter River, then ride past the village of Forest where Thomas Jefferson built a summer home at Poplar Forest, one of Central Virginia’s greatest attractions.

  • Boarding location: boarding will take place adjacent to the former N&W Passenger Station, now home to the O. Winston Link Museum and the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 101 Shenandoah Avenue NE, Roanoke, VA, 24016. Plan to arrive at least 1 hour prior to departure.
  • No layover on this trip. No diesel assist anticipated.
  • Complimentary snack and bottled water provided; commissary car available, and you may bring a small personal cooler.
  • Nearby hotels, restaurants and attractions in Roanoke: Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge
  • Parking: Limited parking available at the O. Winston Link Museum. Nearby Downtown Roanoke parking garages are the Gainsboro and Wells Fargo parking garages. Handicapped passengers may be dropped off on the driveway leading to the trains on the west side of the O. Winston Link Museum. Additional instructions regarding parking will be sent with your boarding instructions and other trip details 72 hours prior to the event.
  • Getting Here:
    By car: conveniently located in Downtown Roanoke just minutes from Interstate 81 on I-581/220 South.
    By passenger rail: The nearest passenger rail stations are in Clifton Forge, VA,  and Lynchburg, VA  with service on the Smartway Bus Connector  between downtown Roanoke and the Lynchburg Amtrak station.
    By air: The Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport  offers approximately 50 scheduled airline flights arriving and departing daily, providing nonstop service to nine major cities.