Atlantic and Danville Railway Company by William Griffin
Atlantic and Danville Railway Company by William Griffin
Atlantic and Danville Railway Company by William Griffin
Atlantic and Danville Railway Company by William Griffin
Atlantic and Danville Railway Company by William Griffin
Atlantic and Danville Railway Company by William Griffin
Atlantic and Danville Railway Company by William Griffin
Atlantic and Danville Railway Company by William Griffin

Atlantic and Danville Railway Company by William Griffin

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Atlantic and Danville Railway Company by William Griffin
 
Atlantic and Danville Railway Company by William Griffin
Copyright 2006
Hard Cover
108 Pages  The railroad of Southside Virgina
The Atlantic and Danville Railway has a most unusual corporate history.
Originally chartered in 1882 as a narrow gauge railroad, a 50-mile line of 3-foot gauge track was completed from Claremont on the James River to Belfield (now Emporia) in 1885. The ambitions of its builders expanded and the Company was reincorporated in 1886 with authority to move the principal deep water terminus to the Norfolk area and then to construct a standard gauge railroad west to Danville by way of a connection with the narrow gauge line at Belfield.
This narrow gauge line, largely built with capital derived from county subscriptions, was thereafter relegated to branch line status. Construction of the standard gauge main line, accomplished by means of a large investment of English capital, quickly drove the Company into bankruptcy and receivership. This receivership led to a reorganization in 1894 and the railroad came under the control of its English investors.
FOREWORD/ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
I. THE EARLY YEARS-BUILDING THE MAIN LINE. 1882-1899 1
II. THE NORFOLK DIVISION-OPERATION UNDER LEASE TO THE SOUTHERN RAILWAY. 1899-1949 13
III. REBIRTH OF THE A&D-INDEPENDENT OPERATION 1949-1962 37
IV. THE NORFOLK, FRANKLIN AND DANVILLE-OPERATION BY THE N&W RAILWAY. 1962-1983 63
V. THE NARROW GAUGE OPERATION-THE CLAREMONT BRANCH 83
VI. THE A&D NAVY-NORFOLK HARBOR OPERATIONS 93
VII. WEST NORFOLK TO DANVILLE-STATIONS AND RAILWAY STRUCTURES 97
VIII. THE DIESELS FROM ALCO-PHOTOS AND ROSTERS115
IX. A&D/NF&D ROLLING STOCK-PHOTOGRAPHS AND EQUIPMENT REGISTERS133
EPILOGUE 149
BIBLIOGRAPHY150


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