Accession Number: 63
Norfolk & Western Railroad Records, 1881-1979
Bulk Dates, 1883-1946
4.0 linear ft.
Series I - History
Series II - Annual
Series III - Rules
Series IV - Legal Documents
Series V - Subject Files
Access and Use:
Provenance: Berea College Special Collections purchased
the Norfolk and Western Railroad Records in the mid-90s.
Preferred Citation: Norfolk and Western Railroad Records,
Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.
Overview of the Collection
Records in this collection include agreements, annual fiscal reports,
annual reports, annual reports to shareholders, articles of consolidation
and merger, bills of sale, bonds, certificates, contracts, deeds,
deeds of assignment, deeds of contracts and lease, deeds of conveyance,
deeds of release, deeds of trust or mortgage, indentures, leases,
lawsuits, petitions, plan of organization, power of attorney, releases,
rule and by-law booklets, and subject files. All of these records,
including the legal documents, are printed copies which would have
been available to stockholders and regulatory agencies.
The Records of the Ohio and Kentucky Railroad
Company, SAA 31
Chartered in 1881, the Norfolk and Western Railroad was created
and organized when Clarence H. Clark and his associates purchased
the property and franchises belonging to the Atlantic, Mississippi
and Ohio Railroad Company. The combined track length owned by Clark
and associates, after the rights had been bought in a public sale,
was just over 400 miles. By the year 1900 another 1,100 miles had
been added, including a branch as far north as Columbus, Ohio.
Growth was limited for the railroad until after the close of World
War II. In 1959 Norfolk and Western acquired another 600 miles
of track, used primarily for coal transport, from the then defunct
Virginia Railway. In 1964 N&W added another 2,100 miles to its
already large network of tracks by buying up the franchise rights
of the Nickel Plate Railroad. Finally, six years later in 1970,
N&W took over full control of the Wabash Railroad, which added
yet another 2,400 miles. This stretched its lines to over 7,600
miles and included such cities as Norfolk, Buffalo and Detroit,
and as far west as Chicago, Des Moines, Omaha and Kansas City.
By 1970 the Norfolk and Western Railway Company had assets totaling
over two billion dollars. Although it had much mileage in both
Virginia and West Virginia, more than two thirds of N&W track lay
north and west of the Ohio River.
10 Manuscript Boxes
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