The Norfolk & Western Railway has its roots in pre-Civil War Virginia, when three different railroads were built to connect the hinterlands with the Port of Norfolk. The N&W still exists as an integral part of Norfolk Southern Corporation. Between the 1850s and the present, the company went through a number of changes, mergers, and expansions.
These pages will cover the N&W up to the merger with the Southern Railway to form the Norfolk Southern Corporation. The pages will include information about the Virginian Railway and limited information about the railroads that the N&W obtained in the 1964 merger that created the "modern" N&W -- The Nickel Plate, the Wabash, the Pittsburgh and West Virginia, the Akron, Canton & Youngstown, and the Sandusky Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad.