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Roanoke Locomotive Shops and the Norfolk & Western Railroad

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Roanoke Locomotive Shops and the Norfolk & Western Railroad by Wayne McKinney

This is an amazing book!  Author Wayne McKinney has chronicled the growth of the Norfolk & Western shops (later Norfolk Southern, Corp.) from 1881 to 2013.  With over 240 photographs, the book includes shop operations, vintage photographs of Roanoke, the building of steam and diesel locomotives, Shaffer’s Crossing, Hotel Roanoke, and much more!  There are photographs of  our beloved Class J 611 and Class A 1218, plus an iconic photograph of the Magnificent Three, the J, A, and Y6.  If you love railroading, grew up in Roanoke, worked for N&W, or enjoy glimpses of the past, this long awaited book is for YOU! 

Paperback       127 pages       9” x 6.5” format      Arcadia Publishing


From the book’s back cover

Roanoke Shops has been an indispensable part of the Roanoke Valley and the “Magic City” for more than 125 years. This pictorial history chronicles the history since its founding in 1881 as an independent company to its modern day impact. Images culled from private collections, many of which have never before been published, focus on every class of steam locomotive built at Roanoke shops and details the steps involved in their production.

The book also explains how the facility caused an economic boom in the nearby village of Big Lick and the surrounding area. By 1891, Big Lick had become Roanoke and had emerged as one of the most important economic centers in the New South. Today, Roanoke Shops employs skilled craftsmen who provide the highest-quality overhauls and repairs to diesel locomotives. Author Wayne McKinney states, “The book emphasizes the continuing importance of Roanoke Locomotive Shops to the Roanoke Valley and to its parent company, the Norfolk Southern Corporation.”

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