Norfolk Southern Railway
     The Norfolk Southern Railway operated 624 miles from Norfolk, Virginia to Charlotte, North Carolina. From its beginning in 1881 until it was absorbed into the Southern Railway System on January 1, 1974 provided service between its terminal cities through the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh. Branches served North Carolina localities of  New Bern, Columbia, Bellhaven, Oriental, Goldsboro, Fayetteville, Durham, Asheboro, Ellerbe and Aberdeen.  An electric division operated from Norfolk to Virginia Beach via two routes. These lines continued to be served after the termination of electric operations. Interchange between the following railroads took place where indicated. (Note 1)
         Aberdeen & Rockfish at Aberdeen, North Carolina.
         Atlantic & Danville at Norfolk, Virginia via the Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line.
         Atlantic & East Carolina at Edwards Junction, North Carolina
              and New Bern North Carolina.
         Atlantic & Western at Lillington, North Carolina
         Atlantic Coast Line at Fayetteville, North Carolina
            and Greenville, North Carolina
            and New Bern, North Carolina
            and Norfolk, Virginia via the Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line.
         Chesapeake & Ohio at Norfolk, Virginia via the Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line.
         Durham & Southern at Durham, North Carolina
            and Varina, North Carolina
         East Carolina at Farmville, North Carolina
         Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line at Norfolk, Virginia
         Norfolk & Western at Durham, North Carolina
            and Norfolk, Virginia
         Pennsylvania RR at Camden Heights, Virginia (Little Creek)
         Seaboard Air Line at Aberdeen, North Carolina
            and Bonsal, North Carolina
            and Charlotte, North Carolina
            and Colon, North Carolina
            and Norfolk, Virginia via the Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line.
         Southern at Charlotte, North Carolina
            and Durham, North Carolina
            and Gulf, North Carolina
            and Norfolk, Virginia via the Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line.
         Virginian at Norfolk
         Winston-Salem Southbound at Norwood, North Carolina

                   
      Several books covering the Norfolk Southern have been published. Two of these books are: Norfolk Southern Railroad Old Dominion Line and Connections - Eastern Carolina Dispatch by Richard Prince. Robert J. Yanosey’s book Tidewater Triangle has a chapter on the Norfolk Southern.

      The National Railway Historical Society Bulletin, Volume 48, Number 2, 1983 published an article titled Rail Cars to Tidewater, The Norfolk Southern Railbus Story.

      From the 1970 Norfolk Southern Railway Company Annual Report copies of the
Equipment on Hand for December 31, 1970, 1965 and 1960 shown here. In addition the Freight Cars listing for December 31, 1970  shown.

      Norfolk Southern AS-416 1616 as preserved at Historic Spencer Shops in Spencer, NC.

      Trackage of the Norfolk Southern remain active today. Portions are operated by, Norfolk Southern,
Chesapeake & Albemarle Railroad, Carolina Coastal Railway and the Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad.
Note 1 - Information taken from the April 1955 issue of the Official Railway Equipment Register
Updated: June 18, 2004
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