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Roanoke Shops and Blue Ridge Tunnel

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Two great books about railroading in Virginia:  Roanoke Shops and the Norfolk & Western Railroad and the Blue Ridge Tunnel for only $42.00 ($21.99 each if purchased seperately).


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”  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.”


The Blue Ridge Tunnel by Mary E. Lyons

This may be the most fascinating book we have ever sold!  Packed with photographs, personal memories, and historic records, the book tells the story of the railroad tunnel that was dug under Afton Mountain in Virginia.  The author follows families from Ireland to the mountains of Virginia.  She shows how history has a way of weaving events and lives together, creating the most unexpected results.  In this case, the Great Hunger in Ireland forced thousands to America’s shores.  These Irish immigrants became the people who built the Blue Ridge Tunnel (also known as the Crozet tunnel).  A feat so amazing that the American Society of Civil Engineers has called it “one of the greatest engineering marvels of the nineteenth century.”  This highly readable history is perfect for the rail fan, the history buff, or anyone who just wants to hear an incredibly amazing story.

Published by The History Press, paperback, 191 pages, 9” x  6”

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