Preserving rail history the modern way

May 21, 2022

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Railroads hold a special place in American folklore, inspiring folk tales like the legend of John Henry as well as folk songs like “The Wabash Cannonball,” “The Rock Island Line,” and “The Midnight Special.”

Now comes news that a trove of railroad memorabilia will soon become publicly available to researchers, students and teachers, and railroad enthusiasts. Last month, freight rail operator Norfolk Southern Corp. announced it would donate the complete collection of historical documents and archives from its predecessor company Norfolk and Western Railway to the Virginia Museum of Histo ....

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