North Carolina Railroads - Norfolk Southern Railroad


Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point





Berkely, VA

Edenton, NC
* 1891 reorganized as the Norfolk & Southern Railway (1st).
+ 1891 - Acquired the Albemarle & Pantego Railroad, giving it a second line from Mackeys Ferry to Belhaven.
Was the Elizabeth City & Norfolk Railroad.

From the 1st Annual Report of the North Carolina Railroad Commission, dated December 31, 1891:

The Norfolk & Southern Railroad was organized January 20th, 1870, as the Elizabeth City & Norfolk Railroad Company. Road opened to Elizabeth City, NC, 45 miles, June 1st, 1881; to Edenton, NC, December 6th, 1881. Name changed by legislative enactment February 1st, 1883.

The property of the Norfolk Southern Railroad Company was placed in the hands of Watson B. Dickerman as receiver on the 22d day of November, 1889, by order of the United States Court of the Eastern District of Virginia.

The Norfolk & Southern Railroad Company reorganized June Ist, 1891, and consolidated with the Albemarle & Pantego Railroad Company.

The original purpose of this company was to establish a railroad between the town of Elizabeth City, NC, and the city of Norfolk, State of Virginia, with a capital stock of $1,000,000. This Act of incorporation was ratified the 20th day of January, 1870, amended January, 1872, March, 1878, March, 1881, and January, 1883.

Receiver------------------------------- W. B. Dickerman -------------------- 74 Broadway, NY.
President -------------------------------W. H. Philips ------------------------ 74 Broadway, NY.
Secretary ------------------------------ James Benedict ---------------------- Brooklyn, NY.
Treasurer ------------------------------ H. J. Cullen, Jr.----------------------- New York.
Auditor--------------------------------- J. P. Jernigan------------------------ Norfolk, VA.
General Manager----------------------- M. K. King-------------------------- Norfolk, VA.
General Freight Agent ------------------ H. C. Hudgins------------------------ Norfolk, VA.
General Passenger Agent---------------- H. C. Hudgins------------------------ Norfolk, VA.

Property Operated:

Norfolk Southern Railroad, from Berkley, VA, to Edenton, NC, 73.05 miles. Branch, 0.97 miles.
Miles of line for each class of road named, 74.02.

Towns on Route (in NC):

NC/VA State Line


Snowden (1883)

Shaw > Shawboro (1883)

Gregorys (1887) > Gregory (1891)


Camden C.H. > Camden (1892)

Elizabeth City

Pasquotank (1903-1905)





Yeopim (1884-1888)


Second Line Added 1891 - Mackeys Ferry to Belhaven:

Mackeys Ferry > Mackeys (1913)


Wenona (1913)

Bishop (1894)


Belleport > Belhaven (1898)

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