Norfolk & Western Railway Menus

Norfolk & Western Railway Menus, c. late 1940s-1960s? Ms.2013.080


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Alexandra Dowrey, Graduate Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2013.080
Title
Norfolk & Western Railway Menus,c. late 1940s-1960s?
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
Creator
Norfolk and Western Railway Company (1896-1982)
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

Use Restrictions

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

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Alternate Form Available

This collection has been digitized and is available online.

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Cocktail History Collection
  • Cocktails -- History
  • History of Food and Drink
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Norfolk and Western Railway Company (1896-1982)
  • Railroad

Container List

folder 1
Menus