Rail Industry http://wvtf.org en Cotton to Silk http://wvtf.org/post/cotton-silk <p>An oral history project and a soon-to-be released book tell the story of African American Heritage on the Roanoke-based Norfolk and Western Railroad.</p><p>The memories are those of 20 retired and current black employees of N&amp;W, which later became Norfolk Southern.</p><p>The railroad was a microcosm of America itself—and the stories illustrate the momentum of equal opportunity.</p><p></p><p>Oral historian Sheree Scarborough has been running on tight deadlines.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:42:51 +0000 Connie Stevens 20097 at http://wvtf.org Cotton to Silk Cass Scenic Railroad http://wvtf.org/post/cass-scenic-railroad <p>Earlier this month the Shay Number 4 locomotive made the&nbsp; eight-mile trip up Cheat Mountain, from the Cass Scenic Railroad depot in Pochantas County to the former work camp at Whittaker Station.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Connie Stevens 6738 at http://wvtf.org Cass Scenic Railroad Fire Up the 611! http://wvtf.org/post/fire-611 <p>After months of study, officials with the Virginia Museum of Transportation believe they will find the financial support needed to get the iconic Norfolk &amp; Western 611 Steam Locomotive back on the rails. The news comes as part of the “Fire Up 611” campaign—but officials say the effort will rely on rail fans worldwide to stoke her fire.</p><p>It’s a sound that’s captivated rail buffs for decades, the baritone whistle of the famous 611, affectionately known as the graceful giant.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Connie Stevens 6731 at http://wvtf.org Fire Up the 611!