The N&W, like all major railroads, served its country well during World War II for the movement of troops and military freight. In fact, passenger service reached its zenith during wartime. While the exact location of this scene is unknown, it certainly represents what was a common occurrence at rail stations across the country - men leaving with family and loved ones bidding them goodbye. In World War I, the Federal Government had taken over the railroads to manage military transportation. In World War II, however, the railroads railroads organized themselves, allowing the Federal Government to only coordinate (not control) military transportation. During World War II, the N&W moved the most freight in its history. Nearly ten percent of the N&W's workforce served in the Armed Forces during World War II.
Images of Rail: Norfolk and Western Railway by Nelson Harris
Nelson Harris; Virginia Museum of Transportation
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