North Carolina Railroads - Norfolk & Western Railway

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

N&W RR

1881

1892 in NC

1982*

Roanoke, VA Lynchburg, VA

Salem, NC Durham, NC


*1982 merged with Southern Railway to form the Norfolk Southern Railway.

The Norfolk & Western Railway operated the following railroads associated with North Carolina:

1892 - Leased the Roanoke & Southern Railroad, acquiring it via purchase in 1896.

1893 - Leased the Lynchburg & Durham Railroad.

1916 - Acquired the Virginia-Carolina Railroad, adding a line from Konnarock, VA to Todd, NC.


The Norfolk & Western Railway was formed in 1881 by more than 200 railroad mergers between 1838 and 1982. It had headquarters in Roanoke, Virginia for most of its 150 year existence.

The company was famous for manufacturing steam locomotives in-house at the Roanoke Shops as well as their own hopper cars. Around 1960, the Norfolk & Western Railway was the last major American railroad to convert from steam to diesel motive power.

In the mid 20th century, Norfolk & Western merged with long-time rival Virginian Railway in the Pocahontas coal region and grew even more in size and profitability by mergers with other rail carriers including Nickel Plate Road and Wabash in adjacent areas to form a system serving fourteen states and a province of Canada between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mississippi River and Great Lakes with more than 7,000 miles of trackage.

Norfolk & Western Railway was combined with the Southern Railway to form the Norfolk Southern Railway in 1982.


Towns on Route (in NC):

Line #1 - Roanoke, VA to Winston-Salem, NC:

NC/VA State Line

Price

Stoneville

Mayodan (1896)

Madison

Pine Hall

Walnut Cove

Fulp

Salem Chapel

Walkertown

Daisy

Salem > Winston-Salem (1899)

Line #2 - Lynchburg, VA to Durham, NC:

NC/VA State Line

Woodsdale

Jalong (1913) > Longhurst (1936)

Roxboro

Timberlake

Lyndover

Rougemont

Bahama

Stagville

Durham

Line #3 - Konnarock, VA to Todd, NC:

NC/VA State Line

Husk

Tuckerdale (1915)

Lansing

Berlin > Bina (1918)

Warrensville (1902)

Smethport (1916)

West Jefferson (1915)

Beaver Creek

Baldwin

Fleetwood (1910s)

Garren (1915)

Riverside (1910s)

West Riverside (1916) > Brownwood (1919)

McGuire (1903)

Todd (1921)



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