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Railroad Companies

Norfolk Southern Corporation is the successor to the Norfolk and Western Railway. Need we say more?

Libraries & Museums

The Virginia Museum of Transporation has a substantial collection of N&W and VGN artifacts and information including the Class J #611 and Class A #1218.

O. Winston Link became world-renouned for his night-time photography the last years of steam on the N&W. The O. Winston Link Museum celebrates his work with more than 300 images, sound recordings and interactive exhibits.

Virginia Polytechnic Intstitue (Virginia Tech) Library Special Collections Department maintains a Digital Image Collection containing a large number of photographs from the N&W Historical Railway Photograph Collection. There is also an introduction to Manuscript Sources for Railroad History

The Virginia Room at the Roanoke City Library has been a consisitent source of historical information on Roanoke and its railroads

The Library of Congress (LOC) has a wide-ranging and fascinating online collection of photographs, found under its American Memory project. Some of these are railroad related. There is also a map database which contains many fascinating images.

The Carrier Library at James Madison University has an extensive (and indexed) collection of company records pertaining to the Chesapeake Western Railway Company. The online summary page also gives a brief history of the line. The Chesapeake Western was merged into the N&W in 1954. [Link repaired 11-Sep-00]

The National Railway Historical Society has over 170 active local chapters that are dedicated to preserving, sharing, and enjoying the past, present and future of our country's railroading heritage. The Roanoke Chapter is located in Roanoke, Virginia and the Blue Ridge Chapter is located in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The National Model Railroad Association is the largest organization devoted to the development, promotion, and enjoyment of the hobby of model railroading. Their web pages will tell you more about the NMRA: the benefits of membership for those interested in the model railroading hobby, how the NMRA is organized, where and when upcoming conventions will be held, and how you can use the NMRA to further your enjoyment of model railroading.


Kalmbach Publishing maintains rail-related web sites for its Model Railroader and Trains magazines. Kalmbach also hosts the highly useful Model Train Magazine Index.

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