Durham District in the '50s
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Mon Mar 28 23:46:13 EST 2005
Thanks for pointing out link to the topo map that shows the connections of
the A&D and the L&D. Yesterday (Sunday) I went to Denniston, asked a local man
who lives in the old general store at the cross road about the Junction. He
took me a couple hundred yards to the site of the A&D crossing over the N&W
track. Everything from the A&D (NF&D) is gone: track, railbed, bridge,
building, everything. Just a crop of briers, trees and bushes. I didn't go down
to the track nor further along down the dirt road that looks as if it went
where the connecting track that you see on the topo map might be. All the more
reason for another trip up there.
In the stuff that I have and have read about the Lynchburg and Durham and
the Durham District of the N&W, there isn't much said about Denniston. I don't
know much about the A&D other than what little there was in a Google search
I did. I think the A&D predated the L&D by a few years and that it started
out as a narrow gauge railroad and about 1985(?) converted to standard gauge.
The people of Roxboro (my home town) in 1890 were more excited about
connecting to South Boston than to Danville and little was made of Denniston in the
local paper. The L&D RR Annual Reports barely mention Denniston Junction.
So, my question is the same as yours. What would a connection to the A&D have
offered to the L&D and later the N&W and why wouldn't it have been more
emphasized at least locally?
In a message dated 3/28/05 3:46:24 PM Eastern Standard Time,
nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org writes:
Friends, Railroaders, Historians, (and everyone else who just loves a good
discussion about the N&W :)
Last week Brother Fred Mullins asked the question, "Does anybody know how
much interchange usage was made between the N&W and the A&D at (Denniston?) off
the L&D line in the 50's?"
To which Brother Chuck Stewart replied, "...a copy of the 1926 track map for
the line from Lynchburg to Durham. It was revised last in 1968. At
milepost L-70 there is a notation on the map of "A.& D. Ry - O.H. Xing". The A&D
goes over the L&D (I think.....I will have to check that out) and there is
This discussion peaked my interest, so not having been there personally, I
decided to go to Denniston virtually. At _http://www.topozone.com/_
(http://www.topozone.com/) , I looked up Denniston and viewed the USGS map of the area.
It does indeed show that the NF&D (former A&D) crossed over the N&W (former
L&D), and that there was an interchange between the two! The connection
ran from East to South between the railroads, meaning that if you were
traveling West on the NF&D, you could take the connecting switch to the left, follow
the connection to the South, and connect with the N&W heading South. Also,
each railroad had a short siding at Denniston where the connecting track
joined the respective railroads.
After looking at the USGS map, I remembered (silly me), that I have track
charts of the N&W! My chart of the Durham District dated Jan 1, 1979 clearly
shows the overhead crossing of the NF&D over the N&W, the interchange track,
and the sidings.
So now we know we at least had the potential for interchange between the
railroads at Denniston. So the only questions remaining is, "What, if anything,
was actually interchanged there?"
Jerry Kay, Portsmouth, Virginia
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