By Tex Carter
We are working with the library in Rocky Mount to present another program on the F&P Railroad. The date has tentatively been set for Tuesday, May 12th, at 6:30 P.M. There will be more definite information next month. There will also be e-mail notification or you can call the library for updated details.
The program will be presented by Nathan White. Nathan set up and runs the F&P web page. He went on one of our first field trips after moving to Gretna. Since that trip he has become a student of the F&P and has helped collect information about the railroad.
We are continuing to make progress locating the Right of Way (ROW) used by the F&P and recording it both photographically and digitally. People have continued to point out local places it ran.
In Rocky Mount Steve King has shown us much of its route through town. A lot of the old track bed there is being destroyed by construction in the town’s industrial and residential area. When finished the ROW will be on the “Maps” tab for future reference.
We were very fortunate recently on a field trip to an area where the F&P ran to find two remaining pieces of rail that were located at Angle Siding on the Franklin and Pittsylvania county line. Both were buried under a mound of dirt that took a lot of hand digging as the area is hard to access with machinery. One piece was 26 feet long and the other 21 feet in length.
The outer surface was rusted but not in overly bad condition considering it had been buried almost two feet under the pile of dirt for likely most of the 83 years since the F&P ceased operating. Lou also found several of the spikes used to fasten the rail to the crossties.
Events that occurred in the month of April
- April 15, 1886: Virginia Midland RR taken over by Richmond & Danville RR who assumed the lease of the F&P RR.
- April 15, 1902: Professional & Business men of Rocky Mount sent a petition of complaint to the Supt. of railway mail in D.C. about bad service by the Southern RR.
- April 16, 1880: The first maiden run of the Franklin & Pittsylvania RR.
- April 22, 1922: The F&P was sold to Nathaniel P. Angle although the sale wasn’t finalized by the court until August.