Piney River in Nelson County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway
The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail
In the early 1930s, mining and ore processing plants began operating in the Piney River area and used the Railway to haul titanium dioxide, aplite, and other products. Beginning in 1944, American Cyanamid Company was for 20 years the Railways’s largest customer.
The Railway began to decline in the l970s when American Cyanamid closed its local plant. A general loss of freight customers led the Railway to stop functioning in 1981 and the tracks were abandoned in 1984, thus ending the Railway’s 70-year history as the longest continuously running proﬁtable shortline railroad in the United States.
(top right) The original route of the Railway ran from Massie’s Mill
(bottom right) The original purpose for the Railway was to haul timber no local sawmills for processing into lumber. Above is the Leftwich Timber Company Mill in Woodson, VA in 1916. Courtesy of Carl Lathrop.
Erected by Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
Location. 37° 42.483′ N, 79° 1.333′ W. Marker is in Piney River, Virginia, in Nelson County. Marker can be reached from Patrick Henry Highway (Virginia Route 151) 0.4 miles south of Firehouse Road (Virginia Route 675), on the left when traveling south. Located along the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3124 Patrick Henry Hwy, Piney River VA 22964, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Cyanamid (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hurricane Camille (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Rivers (approx. 2.7 miles away); Cabellsville (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Reverend Robert Rose Hurricane Camille (approx. 4.7 miles away); Thomas Massie (approx. 4.7 miles away); Action at Tye River (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Piney River.
Also see . . . Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail. (Submitted on March 9, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.