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N&W in West Virginia, The: 1881 - 1959
Alex P Schust
Two Mule Publishing
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2018-11-23 00:00:00
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N&W in West Virginia

1881 - 1959

By Alex P Schust.

Color laminated hardcover, 8.5x11.5", 496 pages, maps, pictures, sketches, N&W drawings, plans, charts. 2018.

  • 120 maps
  • 300 pictures and sketches
  • 100 N&W drawings and plans
  • 75 charts and tables

"The Norfolk & Western in West Virginia ~ 1881 - 1959 tells the story of the 201 miles of main line railroad operating from near Glen Lyn, Virginia to Kenova, West Virginia, and the approximate 150 smaller branch lines and spurs off of that main line. (Note: The Bluestone, North Fork, Tug Fork, Dry Fork, and Buchanan Branches are not covered in this book, but Potts Valley Branch is.)

"Starting in 1872, detailing the New River Railroad, Mining and Manufacturing Company and its plans to reach the Flat-Top Coalfield, the book goes to 1959, just prior to the N&W-Virginian merger. Using period correspondence, construction records, track charts, ICC Valuation records, newspaper articles and the Norfolk and Western Magazine, the author tells the who, why, what, when, where and how of the construction of the railroad from Glen Lyn to Kenova by both the Big Sandy and Twelve Pole routes. It also tells about the reconstruction of the railroad from a curvy, low-speed mountain railroad into a double tracked, high speed, low curvature main line. Yopu'll enjoy the discussion of decisions made - and not made - and the reasons. The building of the Bluefield, Eckman, Vivian, Williamson and Kenova Yards is here, and how the N&W became one of the biggest coal land owners in West Virginia.

"The first six chapters discuss the building and the re-building of the main line. Chapter 7 discusses the Potts Valley Branch. Chapters 8 through 11 discuss how the railroad conquered the last frontier of southern West Virginia as it opened Mercer County, McDowell County, Mingo County and Wayne County to industrial development. Appendix 1 discusses the fight over the Guyandot River Valley in Wyoming County between the N&W, Virginian and C&O - the fight that started in 1902 and wasn't settled until 1928. Here also are charts on mile post locations, surveys, bridge types and locations and constructions costs, along with an 11-page index that lists the branch lines and spurs, the contractors who graded the railroad, built the masonry, dug the tunnels and built the bridges and buildings for the N&W. In additon: the coal companies found in the Pocahontas, Tug River, Thacker and Kenova Coalfields that were served by the N&W."