Railroad History of Hampshire County



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Check articles in Yesterday's Review and Hampshire History

  • 1830 1st stage line from Winchester to Capon Bridge established
  • by 1834 the Northwestern Pike reached Romney; by 1838 it reached Parkersburg on the western edge of the state.
  • March 3, 1869 Act passed incorporating the Cumberland, Moorefield and Broadway Rail Road Company; it failed.
  • In 1875 a group of residents of Kanawha County form the West Virginia Railroad Company. The group obtained authority to cross the state with a railroad which would commence on the Kentucky state boundary line and pass through Cabell, Wayne, Putnam, Kanawha, Braxton, Clay, Webster, Upshur, Randolph, Pendleton, Hardy and Hampshire counties. The line was supposed to extend to a point near the South Branch River near the Maryland state boundary line. The proposed course ran through Pendleton, Grant, Hardy and Hampshire counties. [Potomac Eagle publication]
  • Sept. 1, 1884 the South Branch Railroad Company completes the line from Green Spring to Romney.
  • 1891 The Moorefield and Franklin Railroad Company is authorized by Legislature
  • 1909 The Hampshire Southern Railroad Company starts a line from Romney to Moorefield connecting to Green Spring
  • April 27, 1910 Review states Hampshire Southern will begin operation as soon as rails can be finished... J. T. Goldsborough (who recently closed his store?) will be the agent at Vanderlip. (This may mean that Vanderlip was a depot because the Hampshire Southern did not own the Romney Depot part of the system.)
  • 1911 the Moorefield and Virginia Railroad Company buys the line from Romney to Moorefield and begins construction of the rail line to Petersburg.
  • 1913 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company buys the entire line from Green Spring to Petersburg
  • 1930s Passenger service is discontinued.
  • October 11, 1978 the West Virginia State Rail Authority purchases the line from the Chessie System (was B&O) creating the South Branch Valley Railroad.
  • 1985 major flood knocked out four bridges and left 13 miles of track with heavy damage and 23 miles with moderate damage
  • 1991 The Potomac Eagle tourist train is established.