List of West Virginia railroads

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The following railroads operate in the U.S. state of West Virginia.

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Name Mark System[nb 1] From To Successor Notes
Alexander and Eastern Railway 1906 N/A
Alexander and Rich Mountain Railroad 1892 1899 Alexander and Rich Mountain Railway
Alexander and Rich Mountain Railway 1899 1906 Alexander and Eastern Railway
Allegheny and Western Railway NYC 1905 1918 Kanawha and West Virginia Railroad
Atlantic and Northwestern Railroad NYC 1881 1882 Ohio Central Railroad
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad B&O, BO B&O 1827 1987 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Belington and Beaver Creek Railroad WM 1899 1905 Western Maryland Railroad
Belington and Northern Railroad B&O 1900 1941 N/A
Benwood and Wheeling Connecting Railway 1900 1960 N/A
Berkeley Springs Railroad B&O 1911 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Berkeley Springs and Potomac Railroad B&O 1880 1910 Berkeley Springs Railroad
Big Sandy and Cumberland Railroad BS&C N&W 1900 1932 Norfolk and Western Railway
Big Sandy, East Lynn and Guyan Railroad N&W 1902 1908 Norfolk and Western Railway
Big Stony Railway N&W 1910 1915 Norfolk and Western Railway
Black Fork Railroad 1912 1913 Central West Virginia and Southern Railroad
Blacksville and Western Railway MGA 1917 1917 Morgantown and Wheeling Railway
Blue Stone Railroad N&W 1881 1881 New River Railroad of West Virginia
Buckhannon and Northern Railroad MGA 1902 1915 Monongahela Railway
Buckhannon River Railroad B&O 1889 1890 West Virginia and Pittsburg Railroad
Buckhannon River Lumber Company B&O 1885 1889 Clarksburg, Weston and Midland Railroad
Buckhannon and West Fork Railroad B&O 1882 1890 Clarksburg, Weston and Midland Railroad
Buffalo Creek and Gauley Railroad 1904 1965 Elk River Railroad
Cairo and Kanawha Railway 1906 N/A
Cairo and Kanawha Valley Railroad 1890 1906 Cairo and Kanawha Railway
Campbell's Creek Railroad CCK 1901 1962 N/A
Caretta Railway N&W 1906 1909 Norfolk and Western Railway
Central Railway of West Virginia B&O 1898 1902 Morgantown and Kingwood Railroad
Central West Virginia and Southern Railroad 1913 1936 N/A
Chaffee Railroad WM 1918 1950 Western Maryland Railway
Charleston, Clendenin and Sutton Railroad B&O 1891 1903 Coal and Coke Railway
Charleston and Gauley Railway NYC 1887 1890 Kanawha and Michigan Railway
Cheat Haven and Bruceton Railroad B&O 1911 1965 N/A
Cheat River and Pittsburg Railroad B&O 1902 Morgantown and Kingwood Railroad
Cheat Valley Railroad B&O 1897 1904 Morgantown and Kingwood Railroad
Chemical and Helvetia Railroad 1909 N/A
Cherry Run and Potomac Valley Railroad B&O 1892 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad C&O 1868 1878 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway C&O, CO C&O 1878 1987 CSX Transportation
Clarksburg, Weston and Glenville Railroad and Transportation Company B&O 1878 1889 Clarksburg, Weston and Midland Railroad
Clarksburg, Weston and Midland Railroad B&O 1890 1890 West Virginia and Pittsburg Railroad
Clendenin and Spencer Railroad 1904 Kanawha and Northern Railway
Coal and Coke Railway C&C B&O 1902 1933 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Coal and Iron Railway WM 1899 1905 Western Maryland Railroad
Coal River Railway C&O 1905 1909 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Coal River and Western Railway C&O 1903 1905 Coal River Railway
Consolidated Rail Corporation CR 1976 1999 Norfolk Southern Railway
Covington and Ohio Railroad C&O 1853 1868 Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad
Croft Railroad 1910 N/A
Cross Creek Railroad P&WV 1900 1904 Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railway
Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad C&PA, CPA WM 1863 1953 Western Maryland Railway
Cumberland Valley Railroad PRR 1873 1919 N/A Leased the Cumberland Valley and Martinsburg Railroad
Cumberland Valley and Martinsburg Railroad PRR 1888 1958 Penndel Company
Deepwater Railway N&W 1898 1907 Virginian Railway
Dry Fork Railroad 1892 1913 Central West Virginia and Southern Railroad
Elk and Little Kanawha Railroad 1909 1919 N/A
Elm Grove and State Line Railroad PRR 1883 1884 Wheeling and Harrisburg Railway
Erbacon and Summersville Railroad 1911 N/A
Everson and Adamsville Railroad B&O 1902 1903 Monongahela River Railroad
Fairmont Bingamon Railway WM 1916 1950 Western Maryland Railway
Fairmont Helen's Run Railway WM 1915 1950 Western Maryland Railway
Fairmont, Morgantown and Pittsburg Railroad B&O 1883 1989 CSX Transportation
Fairmont, Shinnston and Clarksburg Railway B&O 1884 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Gaston Gas Coal Company B&O 1883 1889 Monongahela River Railroad
Gauley and Eastern Railway NYC 1889 1920 Kanawha and West Virginia Railroad
Gauley and Meadow River Railroad C&O 1912 1918 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Gauley River Railroad GRIV 1998 1999 N/A Never operated
Glade Creek and Raleigh Railroad C&O 1891 1906 Raleigh and Southwestern Railway
Glady and Alpena Railroad 1901 1922 N/A
Glen Jean, Lower Loup and Deepwater Railroad C&O 1895 1901 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Grafton and Belington Railroad B&O 1892 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Grafton and Greenbrier Railroad B&O 1881 1892 Grafton and Belington Railroad
Greenbrier Railway C&O 1897 1903 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Greenbrier, Cheat and Elk Railroad WM 1910 1927 Western Maryland Railway
Greenbrier and Eastern Railroad C&O/ NYC 1919 1931 Nicholas, Fayette and Greenbrier Railroad
Greenbrier and New River Railroad C&O 1881 1901 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Guyan, Big Ugly and Coal River Railway 1907 1921 N/A
Guyandot Valley Railway C&O 1899 1903 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Guyandotte and Ohio River Railroad and Mineral Company NYC 1872 1881 Atlantic and Northwestern Railroad
Hampshire Southern Railroad B&O 1906 1911 Moorefield and Virginia Railroad
Harrisville and Cornwallis Railroad 1908 1911 Harrisville Southern Railroad
Harrisville Southern Railroad 1911 N/A
Hartland Railroad 1922 1925 Middle Creek Railroad
Hempfield Railroad B&O 1851 1871 Wheeling, Pittsburgh and Baltimore Railroad
Holliday's Cove Railroad PRR 1860 1868 Pittsburg, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railway
Holly River Railroad 1896 1899 Holly River and Addison Railway
Holly River and Addison Railway 1898 1906 West Virginia Midland Railroad
Huntington and Big Sandy Railroad B&O 1890 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Iaeger and Southern Railway N&W 1898 1906 Norfolk and Western Railway
Imboden and Odell Railroad NYC 1903 1905 Kanawha and West Virginia Railroad
Indian Creek and Northern Railway MGA 1918 1933 Monongahela Railway
Interior and West Virginia Railroad N&W 1906 1910 Big Stony Railway
Iron Mountain and Greenbrier Railroad 1912 White Sulphur and Huntersville Railroad
Iron Valley and Morgantown Railroad B&O 1881 1883 West Virginia Midland Railway
Island Creek Railroad C&O 1902 1933 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Kanawha Railway C&O 1881 1902 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Kanawha Bridge and Terminal Company C&O 1907 1918 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Kanawha Central Railway KC 1906 1977 N/A
Kanawha and Coal River Railroad 1881 N/A
Kanawha, Glen Jean and Eastern Railroad C&O 1895 1940 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Kanawha and Michigan Railway K&M NYC 1890 1938 Toledo and Ohio Central Railway
Kanawha and Northern Railway 1906 N/A
Kanawha and Ohio Railway NYC 1886 1890 Kanawha and Michigan Railway
Kanawha and Paint Creek Railroad C&O 1884 1895 Kanawha and Paint Creek Railway
Kanawha and Paint Creek Railway C&O 1895 1902 Kanawha and Pocahontas Railroad
Kanawha and Pennsylvania Railway NYC 1903 1917 Kanawha and West Virginia Railroad
Kanawha and Pocahontas Railroad C&O 1898 1905 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Kanawha and West Virginia Railroad K&WV NYC 1905 1938 Toledo and Ohio Central Railway
Kelly's Creek Railroad 1916 1964 N/A
Kelly's Creek and Northwestern Railroad KCNW 1903 1993 N/A
Kenova and Big Sandy Railroad N&W 1902 1904 Norfolk and Western Railway
Kingwood Railway 1882 1888 Tunnelton, Kingwood and Fairchance Railroad
Little Kanawha Railroad B&O 1896 1937 N/A
Logan and Southern Railway C&O 1907 1918 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Loop and Lookout Railroad C&O/ NYC 1907 1931 Nicholas, Fayette and Greenbrier Railroad
Lorama Railroad 1903 1924 N/A
Mann's Creek Railroad 1886 1955 N/A
Marlinton and Camden Railroad 1903 N/A
Martinsburg and Potomac Railroad PRR 1868 1888 Cumberland Valley and Martinsburg Railroad
Middle Creek Railroad 1925 1951 N/A
Monongah and Ohio River Railroad B&O 1895 ca. 1900 Monongahela River Railroad
Monongahela Railway MGA MGA 1915 1993 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Monongahela River Railroad B&O 1888 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Moorefield and Virginia Railroad B&O 1910 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Morgantown and Dunkard Valley Railroad MGA 1905 1913 Morgantown and Wheeling Railway
Morgantown and Kingwood Railroad M&K B&O 1899 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Morgantown and Wheeling Railway M&W MGA 1912 1923 Scotts Run Railway
New River Railroad, Mining and Manufacturing Company of West Virginia N&W 1874 1881 New River Railroad of West Virginia
New River Railroad of West Virginia N&W 1881 1882 Norfolk and Western Railroad
New River Bridge Company C&O 1887 1890 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
New York Central Railroad NYC NYC 1922 1968 Penn Central Transportation Company
New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad NKP NKP 1949 1964 Norfolk and Western Railway
Nicholas, Fayette and Greenbrier Railroad C&O/ NYC 1926 1996 Consolidated Rail Corporation, CSX Transportation
Norfolk and Western Railroad N&W 1882 1896 Norfolk and Western Railway
Norfolk and Western Railway N&W, NW N&W 1896 1998 Norfolk Southern Railway
North Western Virginia Railroad B&O 1851 1865 Parkersburg Branch Railroad
Ohio Central Railroad NYC 1882 1885 Kanawha and Ohio Railway
Ohio and Little Kanawha Railroad B&O 1900 1910 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Ohio River Railroad B&O 1882 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Pan Handle Railroad PRR 1868 1871 Pittsburgh, Wheeling and Kentucky Railroad
Pan Handle Railway PRR 1867 1868 Pittsburg, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railway
Panther Railroad 1895 N/A
Parkersburg Branch Railroad B&O 1865 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Patterson's Creek and Potomac Railroad B&O 1900 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Paw Paw Railroad B&O 1900 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Penn Central Transportation Company PC 1968 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Penndel Company PRR 1954 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Pennsboro and Harrisville Railroad 1873 1879 Pennsboro and Harrisville Ritchie County Railway
Pennsboro and Harrisville Ritchie County Railway 1880 1905 Lorama Railroad
Pennsylvania Railroad PRR PRR 1920 1968 Penn Central Transportation Company
Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad PRR 1956 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Pickens and Addison Railway 1903 N/A
Pickens and Hackers Valley Railroad 1899 1921 N/A
Pickens and Webster Springs Railroad 1912 1915 N/A
Piedmont and Cumberland Railway WM 1886 1905 Western Maryland Railroad
Piney River and Paint Creek Railroad C&O 1905 1918 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad PRR 1917 1956 Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad
Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway PRR 1890 1917 Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
Pittsburg, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railway PRR 1868 1890 Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway
Pittsburgh Southern Railway B&O 1881 1884 N/A Sold at foreclosure; no property in West Virginia
Pittsburg and Steubenville Railroad PRR 1856 1867 Pan Handle Railway
Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad 1967 Still exists as a lessor of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway
Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway P&WV P&WV 1916 1967 Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad
Pittsburgh, Wheeling and Kentucky Railroad PRR 1871 1917 Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
Pocahontas Railroad 1901 N/A
Pocahontas, Coal River and Kanawha Railway C&O 1899 1903 Coal River and Western Railway
Point Pleasant Bridge Company NYC 1886 1935 Kanawha and Michigan Railway
Point Pleasant, Buckhannon and Tygart's Valley Railroad B&O 1892 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Point Pleasant and Ohio River Railroad NYC 1881 1885 Kanawha and Michigan Railway, Point Pleasant Bridge Company
Pond Fork Railway C&O 1915 1918 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Pond Fork and Bald Knob Railroad C&O 1919 1933 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Porters Creek and Gauley Railroad 1896 1904 N/A
Potomac and Piedmont Coal and Railroad Company WM 1866 1881 West Virginia Central and Pittsburg Railway
Potomac Valley Railroad of West Virginia WM 1890 1905 Western Maryland Railroad
Powellton and Pocahontas Railway C&O 1891 1902 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Preston Railroad 1897 1960 N/A
Raleigh and Pocahontas Railroad 1902 N/A
Raleigh and Southwestern Railway C&O 1903 1910 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Ravenswood, Spencer and Glenville Railway B&O 1886 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Richwood and Gauley Railroad 1911 N/A
Richmond, Toledo and Chicago Railroad NYC 1881 1881 Atlantic and Northwestern Railroad
Ripley and Mill Creek Valley Railroad B&O 1886 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Roaring Creek and Belington Railroad B&O 1893 1919 Coal and Coke Railway
Roaring Creek and Charleston Railroad B&O 1893 1904 Roaring Creek and Belington Railroad
Rowlesburg and Southern Railroad 1911 1950 N/A
Scotts Run Railway MGA 1923 1933 Monongahela Railway
Sewell Valley Railroad C&O/ NYC 1907 1931 Nicholas, Fayette and Greenbrier Railroad
Shenandoah Valley Railroad N&W 1870 1890 Shenandoah Valley Railway
Shenandoah Valley Railway N&W 1890 1890 Norfolk and Western Railroad
South Branch Railway B&O 1871 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Strouds Creek and Muddlety Railroad SCM B&O 1904 2000 N/A Most recently subleased to the Gauley River Railroad
Tug River and Kentucky Railroad N&W 1913 1936 Norfolk and Western Railway
Tunnelton, Kingwood and Fairchance Railroad 1888 1899 West Virginia Northern Railroad
Twin Mountain and Potomac Railroad 1911 1919 N/A
Valley River Railroad 1907 1931 N/A
Virginia–Maryland Coal Corporation B&O 1907 1912 Monongahela River Railroad
Virginian Railway VGN N&W 1907 1959 Norfolk and Western Railway
Virginian and Western Railway N&W 1922 1936 Virginian Railway
Virginian–Wyoming Railway N&W 1919 1922 Virginian and Western Railway
Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railway WPT P&WV 1904 1916 Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway
Walkersville and Ireland Railroad 1907 1924 Walkersville and Southern Railroad
Walkersville and Southern Railroad 1924 1930 N/A
Wardensville Railroad 1929 1929 Winchester and Wardensville Railroad
Waynesburg Southern Railroad WAS MGA 1966 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
West Virginia Railroad B&O 1886 1897 Morgantown and Kingwood Railroad
West Virginia Central and Pittsburg Railway WM 1881 1905 Western Maryland Railroad
West Virginia and Ironton Railroad N&W 1888 1890 Norfolk and Western Railroad
West Virginia Midland Railroad 1905 1924 West Virginia Midland Railway
West Virginia Midland Railway 1924 1931 N/A
West Virginia Midland Railway B&O 1883 1886 Fairmont, Morgantown and Pittsburg Railroad, West Virginia Railroad
West Virginia Northern Railroad WVN 1899 1991 N/A Continued as a tourist railroad until 1999
West Virginia and Pittsburg Railroad B&O 1890 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
West Virginia Short Line Railroad B&O 1895 1912 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
West Virginia South Western Railroad N&W 1902 1909 Norfolk and Western Railway
West Virginia and Southern Railroad 1897 N/A
WV Southern Railway WVSR 2003 2005 R.J. Corman Railroad/West Virginia Line
West Virginia Southern Railway 1895 1897 West Virginia and Southern Railroad
Western Maryland Railroad WM 1905 1909 Western Maryland Railway
Western Maryland Railway WM WM 1909 1989 CSX Transportation
Weston and Buckhannon Railroad B&O 1882 1890 Clarksburg, Weston and Midland Railroad
Weston and Centreville Railroad B&O 1882 1882 Weston and Buckhannon Railroad
Weston and Elk River Railroad B&O 1889 1889 Clarksburg, Weston and Midland Railroad
Weston and West Fork Railroad B&O 1875 1889 Clarksburg, Weston and Midland Railroad
Wheeling Bridge and Terminal Railway PRR 1889 1900 Wheeling Terminal Railway
Wheeling and Harrisburg Railway PRR 1882 1889 Wheeling Bridge and Terminal Railway
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad NKP 1899 1916 Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway NKP 1890 1899 Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway W&LE, WLE NKP 1916 1949 New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
Wheeling, Parkersburg and Charleston Railway B&O 1881 1882 Ohio River Railroad
Wheeling, Pittsburgh and Baltimore Railroad B&O 1872
Wheeling Terminal Railway PRR 1900 1954 Penndel Company
White Oak Railway C&O, N&W 1905 1917 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, Virginian Railway
White Sulphur and Huntersville Railroad 1912 N/A
Williamson and Pond Creek Railroad N&W 1912 1936 Norfolk and Western Railway
Williamsport, Nessle and Martinsburg Railway WM 1913 1937 Western Maryland Railway
Winchester and Potomac Railroad B&O 1831 1988 CSX Transportation
Winchester and Wardensville Railroad 1929 1934 N/A
Winchester and Western Railroad 1916 1930 Winchester and Wardensville Railroad
Winding Gulf Railroad 1906 N/A
Winifrede Railroad WNFR 1881 1987 Kanawha Rail Corporation
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  1. ^ This is one or more of the Class I railroads that the railroad became part of, if any.