The WVRRM presents a new temporary exhibit each year from April-October. This large exhibit is accented by pieces from our permanent collection.

2020/2021 – ’20-’20 Visions: 100 Years of Railroading in West Virginia

This exhibit is an ambitious, insightful comparison of West Virginia’s railroad industry in the 1920s, and now, in the 2020s. Touching on topics like technological advances, social impact, economic power, and political influence, ’20-’20 Visions demonstrates the truly holistic way that railroads grew West Virginia– and continue to impact its future. This exhibit features the professional railroad photography of Dr. Frederick J. Ripley as he explores the features of the railroad in West Virginia and surrounding areas, and his colorful modern images contrast our historic images and artifacts.

2019 – The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in West Virginia

Explore the history and impact of one of the most beloved Railways in the system! The journey begins its historic origins with President George Washington and ends with the kitten that captured America’s heart, Chessie! On the way, travel to important towns and sites along three major C&O Divisions in West Virginia (Allegheny, Greenbriar, and New River). Learn about the impact of the coal, lumber, and railroad industries on the West Virginia landscape and population. Over the first century of its existence, the C&O merged  with, and acquired, many other railroads and exists today as CSX Transportation.

Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Historical Society

This project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

2018 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad: West Virginia’s 1st Railroad

For the 2018 Season, the West Virginia Railroad Museum is happy to present the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad! This exhibit will be open April – October 2018. It explores construction, industry, motive power, and the passenger experience on the B&O. It also positions the railroad among contemporary national events such as the Civil War and the Railroad Strike of 1877.

2017 – West Virginia Logging

The 2017 exhibit focused on the turn of the century logging boom in West Virginia and the railroads that powered it.

The Virginian Railway: The Best Coal Railroad Money Could Buy

The 2015 exhibit is “The Virginian Railway: The Best Coal Railroad Money Could Buy.” The exhibit began as a project of the non-profit Planting Fields Foundation in Oyster Bay, New York on Long Island. It was displayed there in 2013, and afterwards the organization donated many of their images to the WVRRM.

While bearing the name of the state of Virginia, the Virginian Railway played a major role in the development of southern West Virginia’s coal fields. The Virginian Railway was built by H.H. Rogers and William Nelson Page specifically to transport coal from southern West Virginia out to the Atlantic coast at Norfolk, Virginia—“from the mountains to the sea.”

Through artifacts, photographs, and primary sources, “The Virginian Railway: The Best Coal Railroad Money Could Buy” tells the story of the railroad’s impact on West Virginia.

The Collection

The museum’s collection includes a wide variety of artifacts and archives documenting the history of railroading in West Virginia. From rolling stock to uniforms to paper ephemera to photographs, the collection is always growing. Many of the artifacts are on display in the museum, others can be viewed by appointment.

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