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

1998*

Roanoke, VA Lynchburg, VA

Salem, NC Durham, NC

* 1998 merged into the Norfolk Southern Railway.
+ 1933 - Abandoned its line from West Jefferson, NC to Todd, NC and Brownwood, NC.
+ 1919 - Acquired the Virginia-Carolina Railroad, adding a line from Konnarock, VA to Todd, NC.
+ 1896 - Chartered in North Carolina as the merger of the Norfolk, Lynchburg & Durham RR and the Norfolk & Western RR into the Norfolk & Western Railway on September 24, 1896. Chartered in Virginia by Legislative Act dated January 15, 1896.
+ 1893 - Leased the Lynchburg & Durham Railroad.
+ 1892 - Leased the Roanoke & Southern Railroad, then acquired it via purchase in 1896. 

The Norfolk & Western Railroad 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 merged into the Norfolk Southern Railway in 1998, as shown above.

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)

The Thirteenth Annual Report of the North Carolina Commission for the Year Ending December 31, 1911, with Compilations from Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1911, includes the routes of the Norfolk & Western Railway:

Lynchburg & Durham Railroad (41.69 miles):
Durham
Weaver
Fairntosh
Willardville
Bahama
Rougemont
Lyndover
Mt. Tirzah
Helena
Pick
Roxboro
Jalong
Woodsdale
NC/VA State Line

Roanoke & Southern Railway (45.65 miles):
Winston-Salem
Ogburn
Walkertown
Dennis
Fulp
Walnut Cove
Pine Hall
Sharps
Madison
Mayodan
Avalon
Stoneville
Price
NC/VA State Line



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