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Yadkin Valley Railroad
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Reporting mark YVRR
Locale Northern North Carolina
Dates of operation 1989–
Predecessor Norfolk Southern Railway
Track gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
Length 93 miles (150 km)
Headquarters Rural Hall, North Carolina

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]

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]

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.

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "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. 

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11 news items

Winston-Salem Journal
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:49:10 -0700

Workers from Yadkin Valley Railroad and Keith Benfield Contractor, Inc. examine the scene where three tankers overturned a section of track on the Yadkin Valley Rairoad's line leading out of Rural Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. The accident scene is ...
The Stokes News
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:03:45 -0700

Yadkin Valley Railroad is completing repair and recovery after a three car derailment near Anderson Rd. in Rural Hall. The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 24 as workers added another car to a line of tankers. Peter Clausen, railroad ...

Railway Track & Structures

Railway Track & Structures
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:48:45 -0700

The collaborative project was the result of cooperation among the Yadkin Valley Railroad, NCDOT Highway Division 11 and NCDOT Rail Division. Yadkin Valley Railroad provided the labor for the trackwork, the NCDOT Rail Division provided approximately ...
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:48:45 -0700

But by 1895 the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad went belly up and most of the lots that had been seen as potentially used by the railroad sat vacant for years. Nonetheless, the community grew. Lewis donated property for the Baptists and ...

Greensboro News & Record

Greensboro News & Record
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:03:45 -0700

Todd Burchette, a company official with Yadkin Valley Railroad in Rural Hall, said he didn't know what caused the tankers to overturn, and that it may take two to three days to determine the cause of the derailment. Tim Whicker, the Forsyth County fire ...
Mount Airy News
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:43:14 -0700

But the toll of heavy traffic over the years has found the Yadkin Valley Railroad crossing at the U.S. 52/U.S. 601 intersection needing attention once again, as motorists who use that route will attest. The existing crossing is in a deteriorating ...

WFMY News 2

WFMY News 2
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:55:51 -0700

Tim Wicker with the Forsyth County Fire Department said the slow-moving train was a Yadkin Valley Railroad train. Wicker says three cars, carrying diesel emission fluid, or DEF, jumped the track and caused a minor spill. The spill was contained on site.
The Stokes News
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:23:12 -0700

Dr. Lash, president of the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad, was instrumental in bringing the railroad to Walnut Cove, which led to the town's incorporation in 1889. However, in that same year, the railroad company suffered huge financial difficulty.

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