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Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad photograph

Identifier: AC-310

Scope and Contents

The Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad Photograph is a 16 1/2" x 11" oil painting of the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway, circa 1920.


  • circa 1920

Conditions Governing Access

No Inter-Library Loan. The photograph is housed separately with oversized photographs within a cold storage unit. Please allow additional time to allow the photograph to adjust to room temperature.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Historical note

The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway dates back to 1915, beginning at the Tye River Depot and ending in Massies Mill, branching out at times to Lowesville and into the mountains. The railway was built to haul chestnut timber out of the Piney River area to local mills. Timber runs were halted during World War I, since they were not essential to the war effort, and a chestnut blight wiped out much of the crop. Passenger service carried the line through 1936. The line saw a true resurgence when a company began extracting titanium dioxide from the Piney River and needed transport. Also, three companies were built to extract aplite from the area and used the rail for transport and the line thrived until the late 1960s. Hurricane Camille destroyed some of the tracks in 1969 and Cyanamid, the company that began the line's industrial boom in the 1930s, closed in 1970.

Also, see Sentimental Journey: Being a History of the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway (F232.N25 L38 1979) for more info.

Missing Title

  1. Railways
  2. Virginia Blue Ridge Railway


1.5 Linear Feet (1 oversize folder in cold storage)

Language of Materials



The Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad Photograph is a 16 1/2" x 11" oil painting of the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway, circa 1920. It is described as a geared logging engine. Artist is unknown.


This is a one-folder collection.

Acquisitions Information

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection purchased this painting from Bookworm and Silverfish in 2000. The accession number is AC.2001.027. It was opened to the public in May, 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, May 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, May 2006.

AC.310: Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad Photograph, circa 1920
Processed by: Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley
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Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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Boone U.S.A. - North Carolina 28608-2026 United States
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