Yadkin Valley Railroad

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Yadkin Valley Railroad

Post by NYCS » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:35 pm

After a recent visit to Winston-Salem and touring the areas north to towns including Mount Airy, I've become intrigued with the Yadkin Valley Railroad. After some cursory research, I've got a basic understanding of who the railroad is but I can't find any online resources that would give me more detailed, in-depth information on this operation. I'm wondering what kind of industries the railroad serves, and in what towns? Are there small industries in towns spread all along the line (if so, who are they, what do they receive or ship out, and what towns are they in?) or is there one major customer that justifies the railroad's existence? Does the YVRR export any commodities out of the area to other parts of the country? How often do the trains run on the line to Mount Airy?

Any overview that anyone familiar with this operation can offer me would be greatly appreciated. Particularly, I'm interested in the industries YVRR serves and in what towns they are located. This way I can create a "check list" for my next visit to the area. That being said, does anyone have a comprehensive list of industries (customer names and towns) served by the YVRR? Any other information I should know about to help me better understand this shortline? Thanks!
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Re: Yadkin Valley Railroad

Post by jsncrso » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:20 pm

YVRR interchanges with NS in Winston Salem. Their shop is located in Rural hall, and you can usually see several engines there. They have two branches from there...the one that goes to Mt. Airy and another longer one that goes to Wilkesboro (which serves more industry). You best bet is to get on Google Earth and look for spurs. I can't remember where, or which line, but there's a park where the line crosses which makes for good railfanning. Their abandoned ROW to Walnut Cove is also easily made out. That's about all I can remember.

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Re: Yadkin Valley Railroad

Post by tvcigar » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:46 am

A major customer for the Yadkin Valley is the Tyson Foods feed mill in Roaring River, NC. Roaring River is a town a few miles East of Wilkesboro.

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Re: Yadkin Valley Railroad

Post by frank754 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:28 pm

The tracks end in Wilkesboro just short of the station, which is still standing, and a few of the crossings are paved over. Just east of the city is a very long and very old former Lowes warehouse once served by the railroad (on River Road/Liberty Grove Church Rd), the tracks through there are overgrown with weeds and small trees, but I do recall seeing some cars in storage along there. Last time I've been there was over 3 years ago.

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Re: Yadkin Valley Railroad

Post by Ron S. » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:47 pm

Does the YVRR have any kind of operating schedule? Curious as to how often they run to Mt. Airy. Same for Wilkesboro.

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