North Carolina Railroads - Atlantic & Danville Railroad


Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point



1890 in NC


Danville, VA

Dennison, VA
* 1962 - Acquired by the Norfolk & Western Railway and renamed to the Norfolk, Franklin & Danville Railway.
+ 1899 - Leased by Southern Railway until 1949. After the Southern terminated the lease the Atlantic & Danville continued as an independent company for another dozen years. The company went bankrupt in 1960 and was purchased by the Norfolk and Western Railway in 1962. The N&W created a new subsidiary, the Norfolk, Franklin and Danville Railway, to operate the A&D line.
+ 1894 - Re-Organized on August 2, 1894 under laws of Virginia and North Carolina, created by consequence of a sale and conveyance of all the works and property of another company, also known as the Atlantic & Danville Railway Company, sold under a decree of a court of competent jurisdiction in the year 1894.

From the 1st Annual Report of the North Carolina Railroad Commission, dated December 31, 1891:

The entire length in North Carolina, running through the counties of Person, Caswell and Granville, is 26-1/4 miles. Main line of road, Portsmouth, VA, to Danville, VA.

Currently in receivership - Charles H. Cromwell and Alfred P. Thom, receivers.

Towns on Route:

NC/VA State Line

Blanch (1890)



Cunningham (1886)

NC/VA State Line

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