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Processed by: Adrienne Glenney, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections
Collection is open for research.
Permission to publish material from the Norfolk & Western Railroad Company Records must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.
Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Norfolk & Western Railroad Company Records, Ms2012-077,Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
The Norfolk & Western Railroad Company Records were acquired by Special Collections prior to 2009.
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Norfolk & Western Railroad Company Records was completed in December 2012.
The Norfolk & Western Railroad originated with the 1838 chartering of the City Point Railroad, a line between Petersburg and City Point, Virginia. The line was purchased by the South Side Railroad in 1854, which, in turn, merged with the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad and the Norfolk & Petersburg Railroad, forming the Atlantic, Mississippi & Ohio Railroad in 1870. The AM&O fell into bankruptcy and was purchased in 1881, the new owners incorporating under the name Norfolk & Western Railroad, with a line extending from Virginia's coast to Southwest Virginia. The N&W went into receivership in 1895 and was reorganized as the Norfolk & Western Railway the following year.
The collection consists mostly of invoices and purchase lists for the Norfolk & Western Railroad Company and related companies from the 1880s. In addition, there is some company correspondence and business records, as well as some ephemera (ticket stubs and luggage tags).
This collection is arranged alphabetically and by category.
Special Collections holds several other manuscript collections as well as books relating to the Norfolk & Western and its affiliates. Consult the Guide to Manuscript Sources for Railroad History Research and the library's catalog.