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Transportation in Washington County

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Norfolk and Western [Norfolk Southern]

The predecessor of Norfolk and Western Railway Company was next on the scene in Washington County. On August 20, 1880, the first train of the Shenandoah Valley Railroad arrived in Hagerstown. It was on this date the city could truly claim to be a railroad center.

The Shenandoah Valley line was succeeded by the Norfolk and Western line which came into being in 1881. The Shenandoah line had started operation in 1870, but was sold to C. H. Clark and Associates, Philadelphia.

With the connection of the new line with the Cumberland Valley line, Hagerstown and Washington County were on a prime north-south artery connecting New York and New England with the Gulf Coast. This provided an added stimulus to the economy of the county and opened new opportunities for growth and development.


Reprinted from:

"It Happened in Washington County" by Reuben L. Musey; published by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, 1976; pp 89-97

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