This location was covered in the February 2010 issue of the High Green, the newsletter of the Chesapeake Railway Association. A plant employee said there's no in-house motive power and the rail line is used only for very rare movements, such as oversized equipment. Here is part of the HG text covering the rail cars at the North Anna plant:
Recently your editor contacted the North Anna Nuclear Generating Station to inquire about a couple of passenger train cars spotted in a satellite photo. Mike Duffey, a spokesman for Dominion Virginia Power, responded with the answer: “The short version of the story is that the company purchased a dining car and a kitchen car back in the 1980s for use as a cafeteria at the power station.” Mike noted they’d been made redundant by the construction of a cafeteria within the plant’s admin building and had recently departed the site over the company’s lightly-used branch near Mineral, VA, along the former C&O line operated by the Buckingham Branch Railroad. The company also owned two similar cars at the Surry Nuclear Power plant and these had also recently departed; however, since there is no rail connection at Surry, the cars were barged out, just as they had once been barged in.
Winslow R. “Win” Goodier of the Old Dominion Chapter, NRHS, in Richmond, VA, filled in more pieces of the puzzle. Win noted that they’d been purchased by the Buckingham Branch Railroad and wrote, “The North Anna cars are on their way to Staunton by rail and the Surry Power Station cars will go to Dillwyn. They will be rehabbed for entertaining clients. We're hoping to be able to use the ones in Dillwyn for our excursions. They also purchased a CSX office car last year that had been sitting in Clifton Forge and previously had been up at the Greenbrier. I think it's the Virginia.”
Win pointed out a website where the cars could be viewed online and you can view them yourself at:
http://www.pbase.com/vamidlandrr/buckin ... d&page=all
Photographer Shannon Crabtree, who posted the photos to the website above, gave his permission for his photos to be reprinted in the High Green and wrote: “I heard that the BB had purchased them from Dominion (formerly VA Power) and they were stored on the North Anna spur. BB has them parked at the Martin-Marietta unloading facility. I believe they were at the end of the spur by the power plant. A friend of mine and I were in the area and we saw them.” Shannon and his friend ask for and were granted permission to photograph them.
The cars from North Anna that Shannon photographed are the Shennandoah Vale (yes, with an extra “n”) and the Nu Power Lakeside. Keep an eye out for them and the others while you’re railfanning and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to catch them sometime.