The Virginian Railway: The Best Coal Railroad Money Could Buy

The museum displays at least one large temporary exhibit per year, accompanied by smaller exhibits featuring artifacts from the permanent collection.

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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