Yadkin Valley Railroad

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Yadkin Valley Railroad
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Reporting mark YVRR
LocaleNorthern North Carolina
Dates of operation1989
Predecessor Norfolk Southern Railway
Track gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
Length93 miles (150 km)
Headquarters Rural Hall, North Carolina
YVRR 7092 in a fresh coat of paint getting delivered by NS to the YVRR. YVRR 7092 Claremont.jpg
YVRR 7092 in a fresh coat of paint getting delivered by NS to the YVRR.

The Yadkin Valley Railroad( reporting mark YVRR) is the trade name of the Piedmont and Atlantic Railroad and is a shortline railroad operating two lines leased from the Norfolk Southern Railway originating out of Rural Hall, North Carolina for a distance of 93 miles (150 km). The railroad began operation in 1989 and is currently a subsidiary of Gulf and Ohio Railways. [1] [2]

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Primary commodities include poultry feed ingredients, wood products, steel, plastics, propane, ethanol, and rail car storage, amounting to approximately 12,700 annual carloads. [1]


Two separate lines comprise the Yadkin Valley railroad, both originating out of Rural Hall. The first runs to North Wilkesboro and was completed by the North Western North Carolina Railroad on August 30, 1890, as part of the Richmond & Danville. The second line to Mount Airy was constructed by the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley in June 1888. Both railroads were absorbed by the Southern prior to the turn of the century. [3]

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The Yadkin Valley railroad began operations December 11, 1989, as a subsidiary of the Laurinburg & Southern under Norfolk Southern's Thoroughbred Shortline Program. Interchange is made with Norfolk Southern at Rural Hall. [4] Control of the railroad was turned over to Gulf & Ohio on March 1, 1994. Recently acquired trackage rights allow the railroad access to Winston-Salem.

Laurinburg and Southern Railroad

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The Thoroughbred Shortline Program was a system of shortline creation devised by Norfolk Southern in the late 1980s. It involved an alternative to the typical practice of a Class I railroad selling rail lines outright to shortlines in the post-Staggers Act era. Defining features of the program included leasing lines to shortline operators as opposed to outright sales, keeping stations available in Norfolk Southern marketing campaigns, and crediting carloads delivered to Norfolk Southern towards the lease and eventual purchase of the line. The program ran from 1988 to 1991, creating more than a dozen new shortline railroads, nearly all of which are still in operation today.

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As both lines were still leased from Norfolk Southern, the railroad sought to purchase both lines outright in 2009. [5]

See also

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  1. 1 2 "Yadkin Valley Railroad". 5 August 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  2. Coleman, Alan (2008). Railroads of North Carolina. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 66, 122. ISBN   0-7385-5336-0.
  3. Lewis, Edward A. (1996). American Shortline Railway Guide (5 ed.). Kalmbach Publishing Company. p. 344. ISBN   0-89024-290-9.
  4. Lewis, Edward A. (1991). American Shortline Railway Guide (4 ed.). Kalmbach Publishing Company. p. 290. ISBN   0-89024-109-0.
  5. "STB Finance Docket No. 35308". 10 October 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2010.