Appalachian Rails and Railways Collection


This pathfinder is intended to be a guide to the Appalachian Rails and Railways Collection that exists within the closed collections of the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. The collection includes both primary and secondary sources concerning the railroad and rairoad industry in Appalachia. The railroad played a significant role in the development of Appalachia as it enabled and encouraged commerce, industry, and migration.

Introductory Text: 

Vance, James E. The North American Railroad : its Origin, Evolution, and Geography. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1995. ASU Spec App Coll Train TF23 .V36 1995

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 
  • Appalachian Rails And Railway Collection
  • Baltimore And Ohio Railroad Company
  • Chesapeake And Ohio Railway Company
  • Chessie System Inc
  • Norfolk And Western Railway Company
  • Southern Railway US
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • HD4966
  • HD5119
  • HD6350
  • HD6515
  • HE 2355
  • HE2751
  • HE2771
  • HE2791
  • TF23
  • TF25
  • TJ603
Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

Abramson, Rudy and Jean Haskell, ed. Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2006. See Railroad Locomotives, Railroad Musuems, Railroad Promotion and In-Migration, Railroads, and Rails-to-Trails entries. ASU Spec App Coll F106 .E53 2006

Brunvand, Jan Harold, ed. American Folklore: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Pub. 1996. See p.614-615, Railroaders and p. 343, Railroads. ASU App Coll Oversize GR101.A54 1996

Johnson, Jeff D. and Jim Stokely, ed. An Encyclopedia of East Tennessee. Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, 1981. See Railroads entry. ASU Spec App Coll F442.1 .E53

Kleber, John E., ed. The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1992. See Railroads entry. ASU App Coll F451.K413 1992

Wilson, Charles and William Ferris, ed. Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 1989. See Railroads entry. ASU App Coll Oversize F209.E53


Association of America Railroads, Bureau of Railway Economics. Railroads in Defense and War, a Bibliography, Compiled by Helen R. Richardson, Reference Librarian. Washington, 1953. ASU Spec App Coll Train Z6724.R2 B93

Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. Railroad Maps of the United States : A Selective Annotated Bibliography of Original 19th-century Maps in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress / compiled by Andrew M. Modelski. Washington : The Library : for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1975. ASU Main Stacks Z6026.R3 U54 1975


The Blue Ridge Stemwinder. DeSoto, MO : John R. Waite, 1988. ASU Spec App Coll Train HE2791.E27 B12

Norfolk Southern Corporation. Norfolk Southern Focus. Roanoke, Va. : Norfolk Southern Corporation, 1985. ASU Spec App Coll Train HE2791.N816 A27

Norfolk & Western Historical Society. The Arrow. Ashland, Ohio : Norfolk & Western Historical Society, c1992. ASU Spec App Coll Train TF1 .N6

Pennington, Sam R. Sam R. Pennington’s Virginia Railway Feature Stories Magazine: Power and Payrolls in the New River Valley. ASU Spec App Coll Train F 249.B56 S36

The Railroad Yardmaster. Park Ridge, Ill. [etc.] Railroad Yardmasters of America. ASU Spec App Coll Train HD 6350 .R48 R553

West Virginia. Dept. of Commerce. Goldenseal West Virginia Traditional Life. [Charleston, W.Va., State of West Virginia, Dept. of Commerce]. ASU Spec App Coll Train F241 .G64

Compiled by: 

Complier: Mollie Surber, 18 November 2008