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[folio icon]Railroad (12555 image records)
[folio icon]Norfolk and Western Historical Photograph Collection (10522 image records)
These images are available in TIF format (300 dpi only) unless otherwise noted. Collection contains ca. 10,000 photographic images taken by the Norfolk and Western Railway''s Public Relations Department. Subjects include locomotives; cars; coal mines; stations; cities and towns; Roanoke, Virginia; farm scenes; resorts; train wrecks; colleges and universities; group and individual portraits; and caves and caverns. Some photographs date from as early as the 1880s, and a large group of glass plates dates from the early 1900s, but the bulk of the photograph collection dates from the 1920s or later. Ms88-120.
Permission to publish Norfolk Southern images must be obtained from NS before TIFF images will be provided. Permission to publish must be obtained from

Sub Folios

[folio icon]Advertisements Used to Promote Railway Business (473 images)
[folio icon]Airplanes and Airports (25 images)
[folio icon]Animals (39 images)
[folio icon]Bridge and Tunnel Photographs and Drawings (115 images)
[folio icon]Businesses, Farms, Factories, and Industries (358 images)
[folio icon]Coal mining and railroads (329 images)
[folio icon]Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia (160 images)
[folio icon]Locomotives - Engines (792 images)
[folio icon]Maps, Fares, Timetables, and Train Schedules (25 images)
[folio icon]N & W Photographs of Points of Interest (1103 images)
[folio icon]People From All Walks of Life (50 images)
People not employed by coal companies or the railroad. Some historically notable, others noted for where they were when the photographer shot the scene.
[folio icon]Railroad Buildings, Passenger Stations, Depots, Freight Stations, and Offices (797 images)
[folio icon]Railroad Cars (1379 images)
[folio icon]Railroad Employees and Corporate Business Groups (2146 images)
[folio icon]Railroad Operation and Maintenance: train yards, power houses, stokers, and shops (759 images)
[folio icon]Recreation (551 images)
[folio icon]Schools, Universities, Churches, and Public Buildings (575 images)
[folio icon]Track Scenes, Crossings, Signals, and Maintenance of Way Cars and Work (M of W) (199 images)
[folio icon]Trains: railroad cars and engines photographed together (647 images)
Trains identified by type or by location of photograph rather than by individual engine or car, i.e., coal train, passenger train, train in West Virginia mountains.

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