VIRGINIA. NORFOLK. 7% Bond of $500. black, brown. No 200. In 1851, the authority to build the line was finally obtained, after inland port cities such as Richmond and Petersburg correctly foresaw that building the new railroad would lessen their role in export shipping trade. The line was built from 1853 on, and included an innovative roadbed through the Great Dismal Swamp near Norfolk VA, employing a log foundation laid at right angles beneath the surface of the swamp. Still in use today, the design withstands immense tonnages of coal traffic through the swamp, from the southwest Virginia coalfields to the port of Norfolk. After the Civil War, the line needed to be rebuilt. 1870 saw the linkage of the N&P, South Side Railroad and the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad to form the Atlantic, Mississippi & Ohio Railroad (AM&O), a new line extending from Norfolk to Bristol VA. In 1881, northern interests purchased the A,M, & O and renamed it Norfolk and Western. Interesting and attractive piece, with lots of info on the bond, vignettes of the Norfolk waterfront, farmers, allegory of 'Commerce', eagle, etc.
Datum: 1 July 1857
Startprijs: € 200