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Virginian Railway Pictorial Pictures and Stories
Aubrey Wiley
Aubrey Wiley
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Virginian Railway Pictorial

Pictures and Stories

By Aubrey Wiley.

9x12, color laminated hardcover, 144 glossy pages, 225+ b/w photos, maps, historical ephemera throughout. 2010.

"Aubrey Wiley's new book, Virginian Railway Pictorial - Pictures and Stories, is the first new book on the Virginian Railway in many years, and the largest in over 40 years. It contains vintage pictures in black & white from his and other private collections of the railroad's trains, equipment, structures and locations; as well as many stories from former VGN employees and people who lived along and rode the Virginian.

"Its overview of Virginian Railway history, the pictures and stories from milepost zero in Norfolk, Virginia to milepost 435 in south central West Virginia, as well as almost 200 miles of branch line and trackage rights operation paint a fond picture. One chapter details the railroad's nearly 49 years of passenger train service, while other chapters present information, pictures and stories on a very wide range of topics and many lesser known events in the railroad's history. Examples include a retired engineer recalling his running of an N&W class J steam engine on a detoured N&W passenger train. Learn about the routine operation of a Shay locomotive on VGN's mainline, away from home terminals, beaneries, a branch line with a switchback, where milepost zero was actually located, VGN's searchlight signals, motor cars, and many other phases of the railroad's operation. And of course, all types of VGN's locomotives are pictured; steam, electric and diesel, as well as passenger and freight trains and company structures."