Quarto Size [approx 24cm x 30.5cm]. Near fine condition in pictorial laminated boards. Illustrated with Colour photographs. B/W maps. Previous owners signature to front pastedown.100 pages The Norfolk and Western Railway, was a US class I railroad, formed by more than 200 railroad mergers between 1838 and 1982. It was headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, for most of its 150-year existence. Its motto was "Precision Transportation"; it had a variety of nicknames, including "King Coal" and "British Railway of America" even though the N&W had mostly articulated steam on its roster. During the Civil War, the N&W was the biggest railroad in the south and moved most of the products with their steam locomotives to help the South the best way they could. NW was famous for manufacturing its own steam locomotives, which were produced at the Roanoke Shops, as well as its own hopper cars. Around 1960, NW became the last major American railroad to convert from steam to diesel motive power. In December 1959, NW merged with the Virginian Railway, a longtime rival in the Pocahontas coal region. By 1970, other mergers with the Nickel Plate Road and Wabash formed a system that operated 7, 595 miles (12, 223 km) of road on 14, 881 miles (23, 949 km) of track from North Carolina to New York and from Virginia to Illinois.
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