Old History Page
This website is devoted to
the history of the Atlantic & Yadkin Railway,
and to a lesser extent how I and others have tried to recreate it in scale
Explore the A&Y's History and Modeling Here.
I have swapped the old home page with the yet-to-be-constructed
history page and made the Explore page the Home page (the old
Explore page url explains the swap and directs you to this (now
index) page. All visitors can begin with the contents of the
web site rather than have to slog through my personal story first.
It only took me two decades to figure out a more logical web design,
I have great expanded the modeling pages to include commercial model
offerings, custom model efforts, layout design thoughts, and
existing layouts with an A&Y theme. I hope you explore and enjoy
(and add to) these new pages!
I updated more locomotive
pages (A&Y numbers 297, 302, and 310).
I have created a new A&Y track profile section based upon a 1912
Southern Railway document. Included in the profile are the locations
of stations, trestles, and spurs along with codes that describe the
equipment/services available. Further, the track sections (for 1912)
are indicated. See the Track link.
I have updated more locomotive pages and created the 542
page, detailing its use, history, cosmetic
restoration, and current location at the North Carolina
I updated some and added several locomotive
pages (A&Y numbers 106 through 280) and added a few recently
discovered photos to several town pages, including Walnut
Cove. I've added a data table as part of a new format for
individual locomotive pages that includes information usually found
in locomotive rosters. I will be updating all A&Y locomotive
pages to include this format. I also completed pages for the Madison branch stations, Rocky
and Madison. This
branch split from the A&Y main at Stokesdale.
In early October, I have updated the format to and added photos to the Granite
quarry at Mt. Airy, Greensboro,
City and Liberty
pages, added Employee Time Table
(ETT), Maintenance of Way
and Staley pages and updated with more photos the King,
Climax and Summerfield
pages. I also moved the Ramseur branch station pages to be under the
Climax page where the junction was located. I want the page
navigation to mirror the railroad's navigation.
In September 2016, the
Pleasant Garden page was updated with photos and details from
the ICC valuation, the Dalton
page was added, and the King, Rural Hall,
and Climax pages were updated.
We had a house fire
(October, 2015) since the
last time I updated this site. I was very fortunate to NOT lose
the A&Y correspondence files (destined for the SRHA archives as
part of the Marvin Black collection). Unfortunately, I did lose some
photos, letters, and other items in my collection and, ironically, I
lost all my digitized data, except for backups I made to DVD or CD
in 2008. For example, I received some rather nice, detailed images
of Mount Airy's furniture factories from a now retired director of
that town's Regional History Museum. I have yet to locate any copy
of those images, even though I was certain I had backed them
up. I have spent a considerable amount of
time just trying to restore and organize the information that
remains. Because of my experience, I have a renewed interest in
sharing what is left and anything new that is sent to me!.
On January 8, 2008, I created an email list on devoted
to the history of the A&Y. I will be sharing lots of
railroad historical items on that list that are not specifically
about the A&Y (so they don't go on this site), but that are of
interest to the area, such as the Winston-Salem Division history
when the A&Y was still independent of the Southern. I have
a large collection of records from Conductor H.F. Snow when he ran
the trains between Greensboro and Winston-Salem and beyond to North
Wilkesboro. That is the kind of info I will share on the list as I
can. So join if you're interested!
Click on the links to the left to view the images and other information I
have collected to date. Please note, I am using thumbnails with links to
larger images rather than full size images on the pages in response to those of you who
asked that I cut down on image size when loading the pages.
I am always working on my collection of Atlantic & Yadkin Railway and related
railroad photographs. I have acquired a number of photographs of A&Y
locomotives, one caboose, and many of the extant stations. I have
contemporary images of the towns and industries served by either the Cape Fear &
Yadkin Valley, an affiliated narrow gauge logging line called the Mount Airy &
Eastern, the A&Y, or the modern Yadkin Valley and Norfolk Southern. Some are
post card images, some are photos scanned from books that are currently out of print or
from donations to my research by other people, and some are contemporary images taken on my trips to the region beginning in September, 1999.
Note that some historic photos are from the North Carolina State Library
Photographic Archives and are considered public domain. Other images come from
personal collections or the University of North Carolina Southern Collection. These
photographs, along with my contemporary shots are copyrighted and have restrictions on
their appearance and use. Please do not copy these images for other uses without
contacting me first. In some cases, I have not been able to obtain permission from
the original photographer and/or owner of the original negative/print. Please
contact me if you feel one of the images on this site is in violation of copyright.
I will remove it as soon as possible until I can obtain permission for such use. I
am glad to share my personal photographs for research and other non-commercial use so long
as you ask me first and obtain written/email approval.
If you have any photographs of the Atlantic & Yadkin Railway or
related subjects you are willing to share or sell for my personal research or for
inclusion on this site, please contact me!
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by
regular mail: David Bott, 2200 Carroll Highlands Court, Sykesville, MD