History and Photos of Atlantic and Yadkin?

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I'm interested in both modeling and writing a history of the rail line that was the Atlantic and Yadkin Railway (Sanford, NC to Mt. Airy plus branches). I want to include the history of it's predecessor, the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway and I would definitely want to cover it's history while the line was part of the Southern Railway (1899-1916 and 1950-1982). Eventually I would be interested in its current status as part of Norfolk Southern.

I'm currently interested in anything people have which would help me understand this relatively obscure rail line in North Carolina: photos, timetables, historical materials, archives, persons who worked on this line.

I'm currently in touch with Marvin Black and Garreth McDonald who have given me a wonderful start. I also have a copy of all papers in the Virginia Tech archive related to the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley. Please drop me a line if you have any information:

David Bott 44 Rivercrest St. Hanover, NH 03755-3001

or use my email.



-- David Bott (david.m.bott@dartmouth.edu), June 05, 1998


Somewhere around here I have a print of a depot that is lettered "Cape Fear&Yadkin Valley" on the end. I copied this nearly twenty years ago and at the time had no clue as to what it was. If I can find it you are welcome to it.

-- Jim McGhee (amcghee@icx.net), December 22, 1998.

You might want to get in touch with Bill Griffin.When he was writing his book on the "Atlantic&Danville Rwy" he might have come across information on your railroad.I haven't been in touch with him since the 1980's and I think he was with the personnel dept. of the RF&P(now part of CSX.?) P.S.-The photo is on its way!!

-- Jim McGhee (amcghee@icx.net), December 23, 1998.

You might try the Mount Airy New. There are Railway museums around town also

-- Jean Rader (bejean@msn.com), June 09, 1999.

Let me update this search now. I have been collecting photos and information over the past 3-4 years. Much of it has ended up on my website for the A&Y: http://southern-railway.railfan.net/ay/

In addition my address has changed to:

11 Wolf Road, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766-1902.

Always interested in any info you might find.

I'd especially like to know who owns the A&Y maintenance of way journal in the basement of the restored depot in Rural Hall. This basement used to be a museum, but now it's closed to the public.



-- Dave Bott (david.m.bott@dartmouth.edu), January 17, 2002.

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