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Norfolk and Western In West Virginia, 1881-1959
Norfolk and Western In West Virginia, 1881-1959

Our Price: $60.00
Pages: 490
Trim: 8.75 x 11.25
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-9767517-3-1

by Alex P. Schust

From the day the Norfolk & Western (N&W) Railroad was organized its objective was to go west into the Central Appalachian Region of southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia. The intent was to build a transportation system that woulddevelop the mineral and timber wealth of the area. Over time the vision expanded to be a railroad that moved coal and timber west and hauled agriculture and manufactured products to the east. The beginning of a railroad into southern West Virginias started in 1872 when General G.C. Wharton secured a charter for the “New River Railroad, Mining and Manufacturing Company” in 1872 to build a railroad from Radford, along the New River, into Giles County. The book covers the main line from Glen Lyn, Virginia to Kenova, West Virginia and the smaller branch lines along the main line. The Norfolk & Western in West Virginia was largely developed by researching correspondence,
construction journals, contracts and agreements, Interstate Commerce Commission Valuation Reports and Finance Docket Reports, N&W Engineering Field Notebooks, N&W Annual Reports and other materials available at the Norfolk & Western Historical Society Archives in Roanoke, Virginia, This book covers the time period 1881 through 1959, from the N&W’s organization to just prior to the N&W-Virginian merger going into effect.

The Norfolk & Western in West Virginia is about building a transportation system through what has often been described as the last frontier. It deals with the role the N&W Engineering Corps performed in the decision making, the multiple surveys that led to route adoption, the selection of the Ohio River crossing, the economic analysis, the potential use of other planned or existing railroads and the actual construction of the railroad, including the contracting companies who actually built the railroad and its facilities.