History of Winchester & Western
The history of the Winchester & Western began in the Summer of 1916. It was decided by the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, as well as the Winchester Lumber Company, that the forests of Hardy, Hampshire, and Frederick Counties of West Virginia could potentially be tapped for their resources. In the years following, the country participated in the First World War. More railroad ties were needed due to the resulting increase in rail traffic.
The Intermountain Construction Company began working on the Winchester & Western Railroad, and the first train set track in January 1918. It carried lumber from Gore to Winchester, VA. Construction was a long process due to a shortage of heavy machinery during wartime. As such, the track itself was completed to Wardensville, West Virginia by May 25, 1921.