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HNWR045

FILES

HNWR045.jpg

Dublin Core

Title

HNWR045

Description

Like many railroads, the lines of the Wabash Railway Company predated the company's formation in 1877. The history of the Wabash is long and complicated, involving certain dubious personalities, mergers, receiverships, and a wavering bottom line. In 1920, Decatur, Illinois became the hub of the Wabash's activities. In 1931, the Wabash became the first American railroad to go into receivership due to the Depression. In 1941, it was controlled by Pennsylvania interests. Although solvent, the Wabash was plagued by intense competition and a precarious profit margin. Thus, the Wabash welcomed N&W's leasing of the company in 1964. Shown here is Wabash Engine No. 2515 at the Wabash yard in Decatur, Illinois.

Creator

unknown

Source

Images of Rail: Norfolk and Western Railway by Nelson Harris

Date

2 October 1938

Contributor

Nelson Harris; Virginia Museum of Transportation

Rights

Please contact the Virginia Room at 540.853.2073 for permission to use.

Format

Digital tiff

Type

Still Image

Identifier

HNWR045

Citation

unknown, “HNWR045,” Virginia Room Digital Collection, accessed April 2, 2020, http://www.virginiaroom.org/digital/document/HNWR045.