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In the summer of 1916, it was decided by the Baltimore & Ohio RR as well as the Winchester Lumber Company that the forests of Hardy, Hampshire, and Frederick Counties of West Virginia could potentially be tapped for their resources. In the years following, the country was participating in the First World War and more railroad ties were needed due to the resulting increase in rail traffic. The Intermountain Construction Company began working on the Winchester & Western Railroad, and the first train set track in January 1918 to carry lumber from Gore to Winchester, VA. Construction was a long process due to a shortage of heavy machinery during wartime, and the track itself was completed to Wardensville, WV by May 25, 1921. West Virginia Governor John J. Cornwell spoke during a celebration held at the end of construction, saying that the railroad line will help to grow the region’s economy. His brother, William B. Cornwell was named president of Winchester and Western Railroad at the time.

Winchester & Western Railroad

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The Winchester & Western Railroad operates two shortline divisions in northern Virginia and in southern New Jersey. The Virginia division includes the shortline's original trackage, opened in 1917, which ran west from Winchester through Gore and beyond. Currently the line ends in Gore, where shops are maintained and where sand and other materials are excavated and processed. In 1986 the company acquired from Conrail the former Pennsylvania Railroad (later Penn Central) "Winchester Secondary" trackage from Winchester north to Hagerstown, Maryland, through Martinsburg, West Viriginia. At the same time, the railroad also acquired ex Pennsylvania and Central Railroad of New Jersey lines in southern New Jersey. Both divisions serve sand quarries owned by parent company Unimin Corporation and both interchange with CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern. A fleet of short covered hoppers is utilized for outbound sand and raw materials.

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This page was updated on 2016-08-04