Mullens in Wyoming County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Virginian Railway Station
— Coal Heritage Trail —
Erected 2001 by Mullens Chamber of Commerce.
Location. 37° 34.935′ N, 81° 22.815′ W. Marker is in Mullens, West Virginia, in Wyoming Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mullens WV 25882, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginian Railway Motor Barn (here, next to this marker); Mullens (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Mullens (approx. half a mile away); Itmann Company Store (approx. half a mile away); Mullens Historic District (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Mullens (approx. half a mile away); The Virginian Arrives (approx. half a mile away); The Richest Little Railroad in the World (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mullens.
1. Virginian Railway Passenger Operation
The Virginia Railway was for the most part a coal and freight railroad. But it had passenger trains carrying not only passengers but Railway Express packages and the U.S. Mail. The main line ran from Norfolk Virginia to Deepwater via Roanoke in a most straight line possible, bypassing major cities like Richmond. It ran through Mullens. Also from Mullens there was branch line to Fireco with service to Beckley. There were no express trains on the Virginian Railway. All of its passenger trains stopped at all passenger stations
The Virginian Railway June 10, 1925 timetable described its passenger trains like this: “All-steel, strictly modern” including a “twelve-section drawing rooms” sleeping car on trains No. 3 and 4 between Norfolk and Roanoke and “Club Car service on trains No. 3 and 4 between Roanoke Va. and Huntington W. Va.” The club car had a large parlor for first class passengers and provided meals and beverage service to all passengers on the train.
Virginian train No. 3 was a westbound overnight train that left Norfolk at 10 p.m. with a 45 minute layover at Roanoke at 7:30 a.m. that stopped at Mullens at 2:45 p.m. It continued to Deepwater West Virginia, arriving there at 6:15 p.m. At Deepwater the extra-fare club car continued on the next Chesapeake and Ohio train west to Charleston and Huntington, arriving Huntington at 9:30 p.m. Coach passengers could change at Deepwater to C&O mainline trains westbound to Charleston, Huntington and points west like Cincinnati Chicago and St. Louis or points east like Charlottesville, Washington and New York.
Train No. 4 was the eastbound return of train No. 3, from Deepwater to Norfolk. its club car had left Huntington on a C&O train at 7:30 a.m. The train, with the Club Car attached, left Deepwater at 10:50
Train No. 5, originating in Princeton West Virginia at 5:20 in the morning stopped at Mullens at 6:55 a.m., splitting into two trains. No. 5 continued to Deepwater, arriving there at 10:50 a.m. The other cars from Princeton became Train No. 11 to Pemberton arriving in Pemberton at 9 a.m. At Pemberton, a connecting C&O train would get you to Beckley by 9:45 a.m. After a two hour layover, train No. 11 continued to Fireco, arriving there at 11:30 p.m.
The return trains for No. 5 were No. 6 from Deepwater and No. 16 from Fireco and Pemberton, which were combined at Mullens for their return to Princeton. No. 6 left Deepwater at 1:45 p.m. while No. 16 left Fireco at 5:50 p.m. They arrived at Mullens at around 7:30 p.m. and continued as train No. 6 to Princeton, arriving there at 10 p.m.
There were three more trains to and from Pemberton and Fireco. No. 13 left Princeton at
Finally, there was train No. 15 that started at Princeton at 5:45 p.m. and finished its run at Mullens at 7:32 p.m.
That makes a total of 10 scheduled passenger trains (Trains No. 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16) arriving at and/or departing from Mullens every day, 8 detraining passengers and 8 boarding passengers. There was activity at the station from the arrival of the first train at 7:05 a.m. to the departure of the last train at 7:40 p.m. Quite a busy station in the mountains of West Virginia.
— Submitted August 26, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 5. submitted on August 28, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.