Over nine hundred official company photographs documenting the history of the railroad. Subjects include trains, locomotives and cars; employees and employee gatherings and events; structures such as stations, track, bridges, crossings, towers, and coaling stations.
The collection is arranged into two series.
Series 1: Negatives
Series 2: Copy Prints
Biographical / Historical:
Founded in 1871, the Wheeling and Lake Erie (W&LE) Railway was built to haul coal from southeastern Ohio mines to the Lake Erie ports of Huron and Toledo. After World War II, W&LE had several owners, the Nickel Plate, then the Norfolk & Western, and later, the Norfolk & Western and Southern (NS) merged. The W&LE was dissolved in 1989 but was revived in 1990 by new investors.
Donated to the Museum's Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering in 1981 by John A. Roher.
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-633-3270.
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.