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Someone please educate me about an abandoned spur located north of Emporia, Virginia next to the Emporia Country Club. I believe the railroad name for the location is "FOX." The passing track through Jarratt ends at this location. The spur appears to have diverged from the old north-bound main and ran approximately 1/8 of a mile. I didn't see any old industries which it may have served. Why was the track there? Just interested.

Thanks, Van Welton

-- Van Welton (vanwelton@hotmail.com), January 23, 2002


Van There was a reaglinment at about a 102 years ago on the Petersburg Railroad. It looks as if many of the bad curves between Collier and Emporia were straightened. Some of this is gospel, the part between Collier and Carson was described in an annual report. Looking on USGS maps one can see old railroad grades that only make sense to be part of the PRR, read Petersburg. There is some conflicting evidence between the maps and physical data. A 20' fill with conrete abutments exists just north and on the east side of the tracks at Foxes. The map shows the abandoned line west of todays main. I'm still pondering this.

-- Eric Corse (acleric@mindspring.com), January 24, 2002.

Van, are you refering to the 'stub' of the old Virginian Ry still in place at Jarrett? It runs westward from the CSX/ACL main to a plywood or paperboard mill on the west side of town. From there west it is gone. If you are refering to something else, I will have to check it out on my next visit to the area.

-- Greg Hodges (ghodges@smpsfa.com), January 23, 2002.

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