August 2011

Logging Railroad in the Blue Ridge

Last March, I attended a tour of old logging railroad grades led by Aubrey Wiley and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the NRHS.




This narrow gauge Climax cab is on display near the sawmill site of South River Lumber Company. SRLC once had an extensive network of lines in the mountains of eastern Rockbridge and western Amherst counties. The mainline left the company town of Cornwall and followed Irish Creek up into the Blue Ridge.



A short section of the grade is restored along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Yankee Horse Ridge.



The old grades wind around the hollers and along the ridges above Pedlar River and Statons Creek.