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Virginian Railway



  • Usage: 1907 - 1959

Historical Note

Created in 1907 from the merger of two existing railroads, the Virginian Railway Company (VGN) operated as an entity until 1959, at which point it became part of the Norfolk & Western Railway. A brief history of the VGN can be found on the Norfolk and Western Historical Society website.

The Norfolk and Western Railway began as a coal hauling train known for its large capacity and economical performance. In the late 1950s, the company merged with the Virginian Railway and by 1964, after several other merger, the Norfolk and Western had become a renowned midwestern carrier. Routes ran from Norfolk, VA and Buffaloy, NY to Chicago, IL and St. Louis and Kansas City, MO. The Norfolk and Western Railway ended in 1998 when it merged with the Norfolk Southern Corporation.

For more information see the Norfolk and Western Historical Society's website.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Map of Roanoke County, Virginia

 Collection — Object 1
Identifier: Map-0188

Full title reads, "Map of Roanoke County, Virginia, compiled from actual surveys, land maps, and data furnished by the Appalachia Electric Power Co., Virginia State Highway Dept., Norfolk & Western R. R., Virginian Railway" Map contains table of distances, statistics of Roanoke City, Salem, Vinton, and Roanoke County, historical origin of the city, and legend.

Dates: 1942

Tidewater/Virginia Railway Company Records

Identifier: Ms-2011-044

The collection consists of financial receipts of the Tidewater/Virginia Railway Company in the early days of the railway system.

Dates: 1905 - 1906

Virginian Railway Company, Amonate, Virginia, Photographs

Identifier: Ms-2011-113

The collection contains several photographs from the Virginian Railway Company (later Norfolk and Western Railway—a major midwestern railroad company which operated out of Norfolk, VA).

Dates: 1942

Virginian Railway Photographs,

Identifier: Ms-2013-015

The collection contains 85 photographs of the Virginian Railway and 2 images from the Virginian Railway Company's Annual Report. Photograph subjects include locomotives, people (none identified), and railway accidents.

Dates: 1945-1959, undated