North Carolina Railroads - Virginia-Carolina Railroad

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

VA-NC RR

1900

1914

1919*

Abindon, VA

Elkton, NC
* 1919 - Acquired by the Norfolk & Western Railroad. on April 10, 1919. By deed dated August 27, 1919, the railroad property and franchises were conveyed to the Norfolk & Western Railway Company. Since June 1, 1919, the railroad has been operated as their Abingdon Branch. The total cost of this property to the Norfolk & Western Railway Company was $1,994,571.99.
+ 1900 - Company organized on January 19, 1900 under the laws of Virginia.

The Virginia-Carolina Railroad was an interstate railroad in southwestern Virginia and northwestern North Carolina. It ran from Abingdon in Washington County, VA to Todd in Ashe County, NC. The line charted a complicated course through the mountains of the area, crossing the Blue Ridge Mountain not far from Mount Rogers.

Construction of the railroad began in 1885 by the Abingdon Coal and Iron Railroad but the company folded before the railroad became operational. Construction was continued by the Virginia Western Coal & Iron Railroad, but again financial difficulties persisted.

The Norfolk & Western Railroad sponsored the Virginia-Carolina Railroad, then took over the line in 1898, and finally completed construction to Damascus in 1900. In 1907, the line reached Taylor's Valley.

The Virginia-Carolina Railroad was extended through the Blue Ridge Mountains to White Top in 1912, and to its terminus by 1914. The Norfolk & Western Railroad absorbed the line in 1919 and operated it as its Abingdon Branch. Operations ceased in 1977 after flooding damaged portions of the track.

This railroad was affectionately nicknamed the "Virginia Creeper."

From the Seventeenth Annual Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission, dated December 31, 1915, with a Compilation of Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1915:

President & General Manager ........................ George P. Johnson ........................... Abingdon, VA
General Superintendent .................................. E.P. Kinzel ....................................... Abingdon, VA
Secretary ....................................................... R.P. Royer ....................................... Roanoke, VA
Treasurer ....................................................... Jos. B. Lacy ..................................... Roanoke, VA

Road Operated - Abingdon, VA to Elkland, NC ....................................................... 40.69 miles in NC

Capital Stock ........................................................................................................... $500,000.00
Cost of Road ......................................................................................................... $1,937,856.79
Cost of Equipment ........................................................................................................$52,879.59

Employees .................................................................................................................... 282

Organized January 19, 1900, under laws of Virginia.

Stations on Route in NC (40.69 miles):
VA/NC State Line
Tuckerdale
Lansing
Berlin
Warrensville
West Jefferson
Hamilton
Donation
Bowie
Riverside
Elkland

Towns on Route (in 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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