Thomas Dixon Jr 96 pages softcover
Compendium of material dealing witH the experience of the Virginia Central Railroad (later C&O) during the War Between the States. Included are: Articles by Prof. Charles W. Turner dealing with the broad issues of Confederate railroading and how Va. Central fit into that picture. The second section is a series of letters about railroading during the war by a former Virginia Central conductor. His exploits include moving troops and other exciting first-hand adventures. Chapter three deals with the Va. Central lines west of Staunton. This originally appeared as an article in the C&O Historical Magazine. The fourth section gives details about the motive power and rolling stock of the Va. Central during he war years, and statistical background on its operations taken from annual reports. Although illustrations showing Va. Central operations during the war are scarce in the extreme, maps and diagrams are used where possible along with photos of equipment used during the war taken in later years as well as material on typical railroad equipment of the era.