The history of the Winchester & Western (W&W) began in the Summer of 1916. The Baltimore & Ohio railroad and the Winchester Lumber Company decided that the forests of Hardy, Hampshire, and Frederick Counties of West Virginia could potentially be harvested for their resources. In the years following, which included the First World War, rail traffic was on the rise leading to an increase need for more rail ties.
Thus, The Intermountain Construction Company began working on the Winchester & Western Railroad, with the first train taking track in January, 1918. The initial train carried lumber from Gore to Winchester, VA. Due to a shortage of heavy machinery during wartime, construction was slow going with the track itself not being completed to Wardensville, West Virginia until May 25, 1921.
At the completion of the construction, West Virginia Governor John J. Cornwell spoke during a celebration held, saying that the railroad line would help to grow the region’s economy. At that time, his brother, William B. Cornwell was named President of Winchester and Western Railroad.
In the mid-1980s, the railroad was then split into the Virginia Division and the New Jersey Division, which both have connections to CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway, two major Class I Railroads.
Today, the Virginia Division has 53 miles of track running through the Shenandoah Valley and moves approximately 12,500 carloads per year. The New Jersey Division has 47 miles of track and moves approximately 8,500 carloads per year.
The Virginia Division has 2 lines: the Winchester Mainline, and the Sandman Branch. The latter covers the 18 miles of track between Gore and Winchester, VA.
The New Jersey Division has four lines: the Mainline, Seashore Line, Deerfield Branch, and Bridgeton Port Branch. These four lines are all interconnected through WW, Conrail, CSXT, or NS tracks.
Hagerstown, MD - NS
Winchester, VA - CSXT
Millville, NJ - NS/CSXT
Martinsburg, WV - CSXT
5550 Winchester Ave., Suite 3
Martinsburg, WV 25405