|Bluestone - Norfolk & Western Branch Line is the first in a series of NWHS publications about major branch lines of the N&W. This 128-page, soft cover book has over 130 black and white pictures plus an additional 70 maps, charts and time tables to take the reader from the first crossing of the Bluestone in 1884 to the last major coal operation on the branch line shutting down in 1984. The book uses the 1927 track chart as a basis for describing the curves, bridges and grades as tracks were laid to serve the 21 major coal operations on the branch. The book also uses the N&W Railroad records to explain how the Flat-Top Extension and its proposed pathway to the Ohio River became the Bluestone Branch.
By Alex Schust, Mason Cooper, Ken Bowen, Buddy French
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