The Virginian Railway (Images of Rail Series)

The Virginian Railway (Images of Rail Series)

by The Princeton Railroad Museum, William R. Archer, William R. Bill Archer
     
 


The Virginian Railway existed as a separate entity for only a half century, but that period of American history witnessed two world wars and the emergence of the United States as a global superpower. Henry Huddleston Rogers, who marshaled the development of the U.S. oil industry through his leadership of Standard Oil, invested $30 million of his personal wealth… See more details below

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The Virginian Railway existed as a separate entity for only a half century, but that period of American history witnessed two world wars and the emergence of the United States as a global superpower. Henry Huddleston Rogers, who marshaled the development of the U.S. oil industry through his leadership of Standard Oil, invested $30 million of his personal wealth into the making of the Virginian. He speculated that south-central West Virginia coal would fuel America's Industrial Revolution. Although Rogers died before his railroading dream could realize its full potential, the Virginian Railway continued on from 1909 until its merger in 1959 with the Norfolk and Western Railway (now Norfolk Southern). During that time, the Virginian grew to a point that it was originating from 1,200 to 1,500 hundred-ton carloads of coal per day and serving 60 active coal mines. It earned a reputation for power, service, and efficiency that placed it among the great railroads of America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738552743
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
09/05/2007
Series:
Images of Rail Series
Pages:
127
Sales rank:
1,370,378
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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