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The Blue Ridge District and Farmville Belt Line of the Virginia Division form the ex-N&W main line between Crewe and Roanoke. Crewe, site of a large yard, marks the boundary between the Norfolk and Blue Ridge Districts. Just west of Crewe lies Burkeville, and the junction with the ex-Southern line to Richmond and the Virginia Southern, a RailTex property operating former Southern lines to the south. The N&W passes over the Southern on a bridge in Burkeville.

Between Burkeville and Pamplin City the line splits, in effect making a thirty-mile-long passing siding. The southern leg connects with the former Virginian trackage at Abilene. The northern segment proceeds west across the Appomattox River trestle and through Farmville before rejoining the Belt Line at Pamplin City. Farther west, at the east end of Phoebe (now "Concord"), the old passenger main to Lynchburg once veered off to the north, to follow a circuitous routing along the James River. This line served Lynchburg Union Station, which stood in downtown Lynchburg, by the James River. This station, long ago razed, served trains of the N&W, Southern and C&O. The present line is routed through the southern edge of the city and across Cottonmill trestle, over the Southern, before reaching Kinney Yard. Kinney is connected to the Southern's Montview Yard through a pair of wyes.

The line between Pamplin and Lynchburg is single track with controlled sidings. East of Pamplin, both lines are single-track CTC. Wayside signals are mast-mounted N&W color position lights in many locations west of Pamplin, although they are quickly disappearing. Southern-style "Safetrans" three-color lights have supplanted them in intermediate signal installations near Lynchburg and on the entire Old Main through Farmville. As part of the new signalling, blocks are being lengthened with approximately two blocks replacing what had been three. The Farmville Belt Line has been controlled by Safetrans signals for several years now.

As a rule of thumb, westbound traffic usually takes the Old Main, while eastbounds hold to the Belt Line. High and wide loads are occasionally routed via the Belt Line. The former main line of the Virginian Railway, the favored route for eastbound loaded coal trains, joins the N&W line at Abilene. The Virginian has been abandoned for many years east of Abilene. The old N&W is more directionally balanced, while the ex-VGN is reserved for loaded coal trains. Long passing sidings on the former N&W make for fast-paced action during times of heavy traffic.

The line cross the gently rolling hills of the Piedmont and are readily accessible. Parallel roads, especially US 460 between Farmville and Concord, offer a good view of the action. Stations still stand in Appomattox, Pamplin, Farmville and Burkeville.

Typical traffic and volume

The Blue Ridge District is the main route for manifest, intermodal and empty coal trains from Roanoke to the container and coal ports of Norfolk. The Altavista Dist. (ex-VGN) hosts loaded eastbound coal trains. The line has not seen regular passenger service since the demise of Amtrak's Hilltopper in the early eighties.

Locals: V03 serves the east end of the District from Crewe.

Typical Blue Ridge District Trains
SymbolTypeOriginDestinationDays of Oper.Notes
Inter-Division Manifests
O52ManifestLinwoodNorfolkAs neededHigh and wide train
O53ManifestNorfolkLinwoodA s neededHigh and wide train
158ManifestLinwoodNorfolkDaily
159ManifestNorfolkLinwoodDaily
184ManifestBellevueNorfolkDailyAutoracks/high-cubes predominate
185ManifestNorfolkBellevueDailyAutoracks/high-cubes predominate
Intermodal
227IntermodalNorfolkDetroitDaily?
228IntermodalDetroitNorfolkDaily?
233IntermodalNorfolkChicagoDaily?TOFC/single level COFC
234IntermodalChicagoNorfolkDaily?TOFC/single level COFC
235IntermodalNorfolkChicagoDaily?double stack COFC
236IntermodalChicagoNorfolkDaily?double stack COFC
Virginia Div. Manifests
427ManifestHopewellRoanokeDaily
428ManifestRoanokeHopewellDaily
456ManifestRoanokeHagerstownDailyOn Blue Ridge Dist. west of Lynchburg
457ManifestHagerstownRoanokeDailyOn Blue Ridge Dist. west of Lynchburg
Coal
800 seriesCoal loads and emptiesvariousNorfolkAs req'd
Other
V03LocalCreweDailyCrewe-based local
V62Refuse transfer trainLynchburgAmeliaAs neededMoves garbage cars off through freights at Lynchburg to the landfill at Amelia.
371New York City refuse trainWaverlyHagerstownTwice weeklyUnit trash train, NSOP on Conrail
372New York City refuse trainHagerstownWaverlyTwice weeklyUnit trash train, OPNS on Conrail

Timetable

Virginia Division--Blue Ridge District

Crewe to Roanoke--Westward
M.P.*StationsTracksNotes
128.9
Crewe............

DT
ABS
TWC
Yard
133.4
Burkeville.......

2MT
CTC
VSRR
Richmond District
133.9
Atwood...........

CTC
141.1
Rice DD
141.7
Rice
150.1
Farmville........
3067' siding
158.4
Prospect DD
160.8
Prospect
168.1
169.3
170.6
Shields*.........
Pamplin..........
Bowler*..........
11,000' siding
Farmville Belt Line
175.6
Evergreen........
5155' siding
176.5
Evergreen DD
180.6
184.1
Appomattox.......
Lee*.............
16,700' siding
PH0.0
PH2.3
Concord*.........
Phoebe...........
10,292' siding
PH2.9
Phoebe DD
PH10.5
PH12.6
Campbell*........
Posm.............
10,028' siding
PH14.9
PH15.6
PH16.6
Rutherford*......
Kinney Crossover*
Kinney...........
7483' siding, Yard
PH18.0
Lynchburg DD
PH19.9
PH22.4
Liberty*........
Forest...........
11,890' siding
222.9
Lowry DD
228.2
230.7
Big Otter*.......
Bedford..........
12,800' siding
234.0
Thaxton..........
237.3
Irving DD
239.1
Montvale.........

2MT
CTC
243.8
Villamont........
248.6
Webster..........
251.5
Bonsack DD
251.7
Blue Ridge.......
252.5
Bonsack..........
255.0
Vinton...........
255.7
Midway...........
256.1
Tinker Creek.....
Tinker Creek Connection 
to Altavista District
258.0
Randolph St......


Farmville Belt Line--Westward
M.P.StationsTracksNotes
B0.0
Burkeville.......

CTC
VSRR
Richmond Dist.
4.5
Goodwin DD
5.3
7.1
Jenkins*.........
Green Bay........
9202' siding
12.8
14.7
Evans*...........
Virso............
9245' siding
16.8
Briery DD
19.4
21.3
Nelson*..........
Abilene..........
9200' siding
Altavista Dist.
29.3
Maloney DD
36.9
Pamplin..........

Blue Ridge Dist.
Legend
*Miles from Norfolk
CTCCentralized Traffic Control
2MTTwo Main Tracks
DDTalking defect detector
Note:On Feb. 15, 1997, NS created new names for control
points, replacing the old North End and South End
designations for sidings. The new names are
signified with an asterisk.
Listening in
72  Road & Dispatcher Channel  161.190
67  EOT devices                161.115
27  ARN (PBX-Crewe)            160.515
76  Crewe Yard                 161.250
76  Roanoke Term. DS/Yard      161.250
Lynchburg dispatcher, Roanoke, outside of Roanoke Term. 

Photographs from the Blue Ridge District and Farmville Belt Line
Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

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2
3
Shields
Pamplin
Maloney



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