N & W

A collection of information and personal research

Norfolk & Western Shenandoah Division

The Shenandoah Division of the Norfolk & Western Railway covers the lines between Hagerstown, Maryland, Roanoke, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Headquarters of the division is in Roanoke. This division has always been an importatant link between the Northeast and the South and played host to many through passenger cars plying the rails between Philadelphia and New York and points South.

The three districts on the divison were the "Hagerstown District," the "Roanoke District," and the "Winston-Salem District." The "Hagerstown District" runs from Hagerstown (interchange with CSX [former Western Maryland] and Conrail [former Pennsylvania]) to Shenandoah, Virginia. The "Roanoke District" runs from Shenandoah to Roanoke and the "Winston-Salem District" runs from Roanoke to Winston-Salem. The section of this division between Roanoke and Martinsville is known as the "Punkin' Vine" because of the twists and turns it takes as it drops from the Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the piedmont of southern Virginia and northern North Carolina.