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The Shenandoah Valley line (Hagerstown and Roanoke Districts) of the Virginia Division is the former N&W line which runs between Hagerstown, Md. and Roanoke. The Shenandoah line traces the foot of the western slope of the Blue Ridge, which offers a dramatic backdrop along much of its length. In Central Virginia Railfan Page territory the line makes connections with the NS Chesapeake Western line at Elkton, with the CSX North Mountain Sub in Waynesboro and with the CSX James River Sub at Glasgow. It is this last connection that allows NS to exercise its trackage rights over the James River Sub between Balcony Falls and Lynchburg. At Natural Bridge, the line crosses above the CSX James River Sub and the James River on a dramatic high span.

The line is single track with controlled sidings and one double-track section of the line: the three-mile segment between Pkin and Vesuvius. Southbound trains will usually take the right-hand main on this portion.

Most signals located at interlockings are mast-mounted N&W color position lights, although several interlockings have been renewed with tri-color lights. All position light intermediates were replaced with tri-color lights in a signal upgrade completed in the summer of 1997.

Typical traffic and volume

Regrettably, traffic is not heavy on this scenic line. The Shenandoah line plays host to six regular trains, the Roanoke-Hagerstown wayfreight symboled 460/461, two coal trains and two unit trash trains. The coal trains include Delaware Power trains carrying symbol 574 and Bethlehem contract trains numbered 576. Bethlehem empties return as 577. Bethlehem trains had previously run on the ex-Southern and then over CSX/D&H to reach Bethlehem. Coal empties may also return on 461 or as a separate movement carrying symbol X61. Hagerstown/Waverly unit trash trains 371 and 372 operate twice weekly. The trains move trash from Oak Point Yard in the Bronx to a landfill near Waverly, Va. 211, the Kearney-Altanta intermodal train off Conrail, makes irregular appearances on the line to avoid congestion on the "Branch" between Riverton Jct. and Manassas. This train comes down the Valley and then use trackage rights on the CSX James River Sub between Balcony Falls and Lynchburg. 211 runs with predominantly Conrail power. NS's Conrail merger plan call for the line to receive a 33 million-dollar upgrade of signals, track and clearances since it will become a more important link between the Northeast and NS gateways in Memphis and New Orleans.

Several locals serve segments on the line. V84, works the line between Shenandoah and Stuart's Draft, serving industries along the route. This section of the line benefits from the presence of large on-line shippers, including a Coors brewery, Merck chemical plant, Dupont in Waynesboro and a Little Debbie bakery in Stuarts Draft. V80 works north from Roanoke to Buena Vista. There are no shippers between Buena Vista and Stuart's Draft, so local trains rarely operate on this segment.


Timetable

Virginia Division--Hagerstown and Roanoke Districts

Virginia Division--Roanoke District

Riverton to Wayesboro--Westward
M.P.*StationsTracksNotes
 59.0
Riverton.......

CTC
Manassas
Branch
 60.5
61.9
Front Royal....
Warren*........
6561' siding
 69.0
Karo DD
 72.9
73.4
Bentonville....
Acorn Hill*....
6057' siding
 79.5
Rileyville DD
 82.5
82.4
Summit*........
Vaughan........
6012' siding
 88.6
Luray
 91.5
Spitler DD
 94.3
95.4
Wilsons*.......
Stanley........
5781' siding
103.9
Grove Hill DD
105.7
106.7
Junior Ave.*...
Shenandoah.....

YL
Yard
Begin
Roanoke Dist.


CTC
112.5
Elkton.........
CW
119.8
Island Ford DD
124.4
125.5
Lewis Run*.....
Lynnwood.......
5155' siding
129.1
Grottoes
134.4
Harriston DD
135.2
136.3
Sampson........
Spring*........
5872' siding
141.6
142.7
Russell*.......
Waynesboro.....
5383' siding
CSX
Wayesboro to Roanoke--Westward
M.P.*StationsTracksNotes
141.6
142.7
Russell*.......
Waynesboro.....
CTC
5383' siding
CSX
143.8
144.7
DuPont.........
Waynetex*......
4436' siding
148.1
Lyndhurst DD
151.7
152.9
Lipscomb*......
Stuarts Draft..
5842' siding
164.6
Pkin DD
165.5
Pkin...........

2MT
CTC
168.8 
Vesuvius.......

CTC
175.0
176.2
Midvale........
Twin Falls*....
6012' siding
180.9
Riverside DD
185.0
186.5
Buena Vista....
Lock Laird.....
8061' siding
CSX*
194.3
194.9
195.4
Emil*..........
CSX Connection.
Glasgow........
5563' siding
CSX
197.8
Natural Bridge DD
198.6
Natural Bridge
207.0
208.2
Solitude.......
Arcadia*.......
6018' siding
208.9
Arcadia DD
214.2
Buchanan
218.0
219.3
Ellis Run*.....
Lithia.........
6322' siding
224.6
Nace DD
226.8
228.1
Kinsey*........
Troutville.....
5942' siding
230.9
232.1
Coling*........
Cloverdale.....
5670' siding
233.7
Hollins
237.8
North Roanoke..

2MT
CTC
Legend
*Miles from Hagerstown
2MTTwo main tracks
CTCCentralized Traffic Control
YLYard Limits
DDTalking defect detector
CSXInterchange
CSX*Trackage Rights
Note:On Feb. 15, 1997, NS created new names for control points, replacing the old North End and South End designations for sidings. The new names are signified with an asterisk.
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22  Road and Dispatcher Channel 160.440
67  EOT Devices                 161.115
11  ARN (PBX-Waynesboro)        160.275
Dispatcher territories

Hagerstown-Waynesboro: Crewe Dispatcher, Roanoke.
Waynesboro-Roanoke: Shenandoah Dispatcher, Roanoke.

Photographs from the Shenandoah Valley Line
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2
3
4
Elkton
Sampson
Waynesboro
Pkin
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6
7
8
Marlbrook
Glasgow
Glasgow


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