A Guide to the Norfolk & Western Railway Menus, c. late 1940s-1960s? Norfolk & Western Railway Menus Ms2013-080

Norfolk & Western Railway Menus, c. late 1940s-1960s?

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2013-080


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Processed by: Alexandra Dowrey, Graduate Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2013-080
Title
Norfolk & Western Railway Menus, c. late 1940s-1960s?
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Norfolk and Western Railway Company.
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and beverage menus from the Norfolk & Western Railway, as well as two unused carbon copy checks for Norfolk & Western Railway's Dining Car Service.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Norfolk & Western Railway Menus must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Norfolk & Western Railway Menus, Ms2013-080, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Norfolk & Western Railway Menus were purchased by Special Collections in December 2012.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Norfolk & Western Railway Menus was completed in September 2013.


Historical Note

The Norfolk & Western Railway was established through a reorganization of the bankrupt Norfolk and Western Railroad in 1896, the latter company itself having arisen from the Atlantic, Mississippi & Ohio Railroad, a successor to the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad. In order to raise capital to pay off debt, meet its payroll and other obligations, and make continued improvements to the line, the new company issued $23 million in preferred stock, $66 million in common stock, and $62.5 million gold bonds paying four percent, secured through a consolidated mortgage to the Mercantile Trust Company of New York.

Through expansion and various mergers, the N&W grew to become a major U.S. carrier, serving 14 states. The company manufactured steam locomotives at its own Roanoke Machine Works (established in Roanoke, Virginia in 1882), and among the railroad's affiliated holdings were several hotels. In 1982, the N&W combined with the Southern Railway to form Norfolk Southern Corporation.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and beverage menus from the Norfolk & Western Railway, as well as two unused carbon copy checks for Norfolk & Western Railway's Dining Car Service. The menus list prices and are in color or black & white. These menus describe a variety of dishes and full course meals, including the dining car's "Famous Salad Bowl... a meal in itself," Roast Sirloin of Beef, and Apple or Peach Pie, "baked on car today." The unused checks were "to be used ONLY for government meal or purchase orders for our armed forces (or allies)."

Neither the menus nor the checks are clearly dated. Several menus mention the President's Citizens Food Committee, which suggest they may be from the late 1940s.

Related Material

Additional menus for a variety of railroads, including Norfolk & Western, can be found in Ms2010-078, Wayne Perkins Collection. Finding aid available online.

Separated Material


Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Norfolk and Western Railway Company.
  • Subjects:

  • Cocktail History Collection
  • Cocktails--History
  • History of Food and Drink
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Railroad

Contents List

Folder 1
Menus