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Atlantic & Yadkin Railway

History &


Staley (milepost CF 85.6)


The Town of Staley, founded in 1889, was named for Col. John Staley, a Confederate officer in the Civil War. The town is located in Randolph County 20 miles northeast of Asheboro and nearly nine miles northeast of Ramseur. On the A&Y Staley is 4 and 1/2 miles south (railroad east) of Liberty on the CF mainline. The town is at an altitude of 741 feet above sea level. 

AY_station_icc_staley_1918_01.jpg (94222 bytes) The ICC valuation records provided this photo of the Staley depot (circa 1918?).
Staley-depot-ca-1974.jpg (31773 bytes) I found this real photo postcard of the Staley depot in 1974 on eBay.

Track Diagram

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An image from the ICC valuation maps gives a fair idea of how the track and depot were laid out. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image. 

On an A&Y timetable in 1934 Staley was listed as a stop with capacity for 21 cars.



A Southern Railway Shippers Guide from 1916 listed four industries in Staley using the A&Y for delivering and receiving products by rail (although some may have used the station or team track rather than having a dedicated siding). The ICC valuation map depicts the location of the Johnson Chair Company.  I will add other industries as I receive information about them.


Goods Shipped/Rec'd

Company Name

cotton gin cotton J. P. Fox
cotton gin cotton J. A. Langley
sawmill rough and dressed lumber C. P. Fox
sawmill rough lumber J. A. Langley


Odds and Ends

Here I will include any information that is non-railroad in nature that helps provide a hint as to the character of the people and industries who lived and worked in Staley.  I welcome any and all information about this former A&Y community!

This photo depicts a Staley Southern Aggregates plant circa 1950.  I'm not 100% certain that Staley in the name refers to the town in NC or whether it is just a corporate name, so I stuck it down here in the odds and ends.
Here is a 1926 calendar for the J.T. Warren store in Staley, NC






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This page  last edited Friday, October 14, 2016