Roanoke Valley

The road was chartered in 1851 to connect Clarksville, Virginia to Ridgeway, North Carolina and to serve the very productive tobacco production of the area. It opened for service from Manson to Clarksville in 1854. 30 miles, to Keysville, had been cleared or graded by late 1861.

In 1861, Lee recommended the completion of this line to a junction with the Richmond & Danville Railroad to lessen Richmond's dependence on the Petersburg Railroad. Nothing was done because of the very poor condition of the Roanoke Valley Railroad. This dependence was removed when the Piedmont Railroad was completed. 

The road's rails were removed during the war to build and maintain more important roads.

Black's Number 17 (map) (map)
Track 22 miles of 4 foot 8 inch gauge 50# T-rail
Locomotives 2; 3 names
Cars 14
Stations 3
Officers Some
Tredegar Purchases All
Annual Reports
10-1-61 President
10-1-61 Chief Engineer
Significant Documents
OR Series 1, Vol. 2, Page 830
NP, RD 5-18-61
NP, RD 10-22A-61
NP, RD 11-12-61
NA, RRB 1-5-62
NP, RD 2-13A-62
NA, QM 2-19-62
OR Series 4, Vol. 1, Page 1022
OR Series 4, Vol. 1, Page 1025
OR Series 4, Vol. 1, Page 1085
NA, QM 4-30-62
NA, QMR 5-3-62
NA, QMR 5-25-62
NA, RR 7-22-62
NA, QMR 11-12-62
NA, SWR 12-1-62
NA, ENG 12-26-62
OR Series 1, Vol. 18, Page 825
NA, ENG 1-16-63
NA, ENG 1-29B-63
NP, RD 2-14-63
NA, ENG 6-2A-63
NA, ENG 6-3-63
NA, ENG 6-3A-63
NA, ENGR 6-3A-63
NA, ENGR 6-6B-63
NA, ENG 6-8-63
NA, ENGR 6-11-63
NA, ENG 6-26-63
NA, ENG 7-3-63
NA, ENG 7-16A-63
NA, ENG 7-16D-63
NA, RV 8-5-63
NA, RV 8-7-63
NA, ENG 8-8A-63
NA, ENG 8-27-63
NA, ENG 8-29B-63
NA, RRB 8-29A-63
NP, RD 9-22-63
NP, RD 9-23-63
NP, RD 9-28-63
H, RRB 10-9-63
RRBAT 10-20-1863
RRBAT 10-23C-1863
RRBAT 10-27-1863
NP, RD 11-9A-63
NA, ENGR 3-9-64
NA, ENG 3-12-64
NA, RV 3-22-64
NA, RV 3-26-64
NA, RV 3-28-64
NA, RV 3-28A-64
NA, ENG 4-2B-64
NA, RV 4-22-64
NP, RD 6-6-64
NA, ENGR 10-19-64
NP, RD 1-13-65
NP, RD 2-21-65
NP, RD 2-24-65
NP, RS 3-5-65
NP, RS 3-22-65

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