Virginian Railway Handbook, The by Wiley & Wallace Soft Cover Copyright 1985 Sig

Virginian Railway Handbook, The by Wiley & Wallace Soft Cover Copyright 1985 Sig

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Virginian Railway Handbook, The by Wiley & Wallace Soft Cover Copyright 1985 Sig
 
Virginian Railway Handbook, The by Wiley & Wallace Soft Cover Copyright 1985  81 pages SIGNED
The twentieth century Virginian Railway made it through mid-point, just barely. A 1959 merger with Norfolk & Western Railway obscured its name. Twenty-five years later, only seldom used storage tracks in Norfolk mark Virginian's eastern limits at Sewalls Point, once a storied place.
As the 1900's began, a different battle gripped Sewall's Point. An earlier battle between the iron clads, CSS Virginia and USS Monitor, had doomed wooden-hull warfare forever.
Standard Oil capitalist Henry Huddleston Rogers' interest turned to export coal. The established coal roads, C&O and N&W refused him attractive rates. Rogers burned. He put up $30 million of his own money to build the Virginian Railway from West Virginia's black diamond treasury to the white-capped waters at Sewalls Point.
As the Virginian took shape, Mark Twain and President Teddy Roosevelt met with Rogers at Sewalls Point's edge to attend the 1907 Jamestown Exhibition. They celebrated the railway's progress at a banquet in downtown Norfolk.
The Virginian benefited from advanced engineering of the times. Some claimed a loaded hopper, given a shove eastward at Elmore, West Virginia, would roll by itself all the way to Tidewater Virginia.
In the 1950's Virginian operated on a ratio in the mid-fifties. This meant that for every dollar earned in revenue, it cost the railroad only slightly over fifty cents to do the work! Neighboring Norfolk & Western was known for its precision transportation and talk of a merger between the two became serious. Critics saw the transaction as absorption. Corporate partnership made sense.
All the same, history strangled at the throat of Virginian's Sewalls Point yard.

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