West Virginia Railroads: Railroading in the Mountain State by Thomas W Dixon Jr
This book outlines the history of railroading in West Virginia from the earliest entry of Baltimrore & Ohio into what was then western Virginia up to the 1960s. In addition to B&O, Chesapeake & Ohio, Western Maryland, Norfolk & Western, and Virginian have major chapters. Smaller sections cover the New York Central, short lines, logging railroads, and others that had only a smaller presence in the state. Coal mining and lumbering, of course, tie in directly with most West Virginia railroads. Photos, maps, and illustrations tell the story in addition to history that links the various parts of West Virginia railroading into a coherent narrative.
Thomas W. Dixon, Jr. has studied and written about C& O subjects for many years. He organized and has served as president of the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society since its inception in 1969. He has authored or co-authored 18 books, mostly on C& O subjects and hundreds of magazine articles and pamphlets.