North Carolina Railroads - Danville & New River Railroad


Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

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Danville, VA

Leaksville, NC
*1891 - Acquired by the Richmond & Danville Railroad, renamed to the Danville & Western Railway.

The Danville & New River Railroad was chartered in 1873, with the line completed to Martinsville, VA in nearby Henry County by 1881. In 1883, citizens of Patrick County approved a bond of $150,000 to expand the line. The first train pulled into Taylorsville in August of 1884. With the growth associated with the railroad, Taylorsville was incorporated as a town in 1884 and was renamed Stuart in honor of Confederate Major General J.E.B. Stuart, who was born 20 miles west of the town - in Ararat, Virginia.

The Danville & New River Railroad Co. was incorporated on March 29, 1873 to locate and construct a narrow gauge railroad from Danville via Martinsville, Patrick Court House, and Hillsville in Carroll County to some point on the Atlantic, Mississippi & Ohio Railroad east of Christiansburg in Virginia.

In 1883, the railroad negotiated with the county and reached an agreement whereby the company would construct the line if the county helped finance its construction. The county issues bonds for $150,000 which were turned over to the railroad to aid in the cost of constructing the railroad to Stuart, Virginia.

Actual construction of the railroad began December 9, 1879 when the company began to lay tracks from Danville to Martinsville. In the fall 1884, the railroad was completed to Patrick Court House.

The Danville & New River Railroad Company built its lines to Leaksville, North Carolina by 1884. This ended all water transportation as well as the hauling of freight from Reidsville and Danville by wagons with teams of horses, mules, and oxen.

In 1891, the company was in receivership and was acquired by the Richmond & Danville Railroad. The company was re-organized as the Danville & Western Railway.

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