North Carolina Railroads - Yadkin Valley Railroad

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

YV RR

1989

1989

Still Operational

Wilkesboro, NC

Mt. Airy, NC

1989 acquired via lease by Gulf & Ohio Railways from Norfolk Southern Railway

The Yadkin Valley Railroad operates in the foothill counties of Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Wilkes – located in North Carolina’s northwestern piedmont region – along two lines originating in Rural Hall, one to Elkin and North Wilkesboro, the other to Mount Airy.

The company began operations in 1989 after leasing its lines from Norfolk Southern Railway under its “Thoroughbred Shortline Program.” The company is owned by the Gulf & Ohio Railways of Knoxville, Tennessee. The Yadkin Valley Railroad connects with the Norfolk Southern Railway at Rural Hall, NC.

Commodities carried by the railroad are forest products, grain, salt, and fiberboard.

The company owns nine locomotives and transports over 15,000 carloads annually.

Click Here for photos of the Yadkin Valley Railroad.
Click Here for Gulf & Ohio Railways corporate website. 

Towns on Route:

Wilkesboro

North Wilkesboro (1891)

Bowles (1888)

Roaring River

Ronda

Elkin

Rusk

Crutchfield (1890)

Rockford

Siloam

Shoals (1891)

Donnoha (1889)

Tobaccoville

Rural Hall

King

Pinnacle

Pilot Mountain

Ararat

Mount Airy



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