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 added another 15 pages on unique locomotives and doubled or
tripled the total number of locomotive photos available on all the
pages. Some of the stories are interesting, like 313,
541 or 803,
and sometimes you find a really nice photo like the 254.
And sometimes, it is about the not-quite-A&Y locomotives that
remained in Southern livery their whole service life, such as 516,
655 and 659.
So check out the added loco pages, but revisit the old ones to see
lots of new photos. I would start with the updated roster table on
the locomotive page.
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 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 completed pages for the Madison branch stations, Rocky
and Madison. This
branch split from the A&Y main at Stokesdale.
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.
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