F&P work crew poses for a photo.

Employees of the Franklin & Pittsylvania Railroad

F&P work crew poses for a photo.
F&P work crew poses for a photo.

The 1889 report of the State Commerce Commission reported that the Franklin & Pittsylvania Railraod employed 64 people.

The railroad was started to bring transportation to a remote area of the state. Moving people and crops or goods was an important part of its reason to exist but another by-product of it was employment.

The country was filled with many short line railroads but none lingers in the memory of the people of Franklin and Pittsylvania counties like the F&P Railroad. The people that worked on it were our family.

Only a generation or two ago our ancestors worked in depots, on section gangs, operated turntables by physical labor and many other task required to keep a railroad going. While their names and deeds are preserved in our memories we want to do more to recognize their efforts on this website.

We ask anyone with a relative who worked on the F&P to send us what they know about their ancestor along with photographs and we will post it on this site as a permanent memorial to those that went before us.

Click on the “Contact” tab and we will arrange to post your information on our site.

Over the course of 2014 we will add tributes and names to the employee list here as more research is done.