Potts Valley Branch

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Sun Jan 16 09:39:29 EST 2022


I recall reading somewhere that the C&O once had a branch line from Covington to Paint Bank. A small portion (a mile or two) of this line still exists in Covington. Is that correct and, if so, do you know about when it arrived at Paint Bank and when it was removed?  Thanks.

   Ray Smoot

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On Jan 16, 2022, at 8:43 AM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:

On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 6:45 AM Charlie wrote:
Mr. John Garner !
Thank you for the photos! This branch has always fascinated me! Looking at an overall picture, I'm wondering if a C&O connection was ever thought of.

I dug into the L.E. Johnson correspondence files years ago when they were in the Virginia Tech Library (and are now hostage in GOB East). There were several letters from people in that area asking for a connection to the C&O line from the north, but the N&W wasn't interested. Its line ended at the wye at Paint Bank; the Va. Iron Coal & Coke Co. tracks continued beyond that to reach several mines, so the means was there, but why would the N&W want to offer an easy way to shortcut traffic off its line?

Bruce in Blacksburg

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