Island Yard and Kinney Yard
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Sun Oct 16 16:25:37 EDT 2016
Up until 1965 or so Island Yard was still in use, although much of the structures,were no longer utilized. N&W, Southern, and C&O made interchange with one another several times daily and NC Cabin (C&O owned) controlled the connections of the three railroads in this area. Also, the westbound Phoebe Turn came through usually just after the Powhatan Arrow went east about 8pm. N&W made several transfers between Island and Kinney daily using the old main line to Durham Junction and then by Twelfth Street Station to Kinney. Southern similarly made several daily transfers between its old downtown yard and Montview using its old main line to Durmid where it connected to the "new" main line about a mile south of Kemper St. station.
Passenger service on the old N&W main through Island Yard ended 12/31/64 when it was moved to the "new" main line through Kinney. Freight service gradually dwindled. The old N&W main was abandoned from Concord to Halsey and the Durham line abandoned from Durham Junction to Kinney. By the early 1980s this was all gone.
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> On Oct 16, 2016, at 8:52 AM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> I know Kinney Yard was built around 1955-1956 to avoid congestion around the Lynchburg downtown area and a diesel servicing area placed there for the dieselized Lynchburg to Durham line. That being said, Island Yard was most likely closed down in the mid to late 1950's or early 1960's.
> Very Respectfully,
> Joseph Congemi
>> On Oct 14, 2016, at 16:06, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
>> When did Island Yard in Lynchburg close and when was Kinney Yard opened, please?
>> Bob Cohen
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