Aubrey Wiley 233 pages hardcover
The Virginian Railway was built in the first decade of the twentieth century and flourished until being merged in Norfolk & Western Railway in 1959. Virginian's operating ratio in its last year of independent operation was 51%!With over 400 color and classic black & white pictures, the book tells the story of a most modern, colorful and interesting railroad. It includes well written personal stories by people who worked on the old Virginian, had family who worked on the railroad or lived nearby. A good deal of local history is covered for dozens of cities, towns and communities served by the Virginian from Norfolk, Virginia, across south side Virginia, through the Piedmont, into the mountain foothills and deep in the coalfields of West Virginia. Maps, data and plans are in abundance to support the revelations found in this book. Equipment roosters are included for locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars and M or W equipment. Pages of freight train consists in the 1940's and 1950's are from actual freight conductor logs, aka "wheel reports." References lists with pictures identify freight shippers and coal mines along the railroad.