Duck River Valley Narrow Gauge Railroad
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Duck River Valley Narrow Gauge Railroad
Duck River Valley
Narrow Gauge Railway
DuckRiverValleyRRSpur.jpg
A spur of the line remains in operation in Lewisburg
Overview
TerminiColumbia, Tennessee
Fayetteville, Tennessee
History
Opened1877
Completed1879
Closed1961
Technical
Line length77 km (48 mi)
Number of tracksSingle
Track gauge3 ft (914 mm)

The Duck River Valley Narrow Gauge Railway was a narrow gauge railway that connected the cities of Columbia, Lewisburg, and Fayetteville, Tennessee along the Duck River.

Chartered on November 4, 1870[1], construction began from Columbia southward, with the line to Lewisburg opening in 1877. The railway fell into financial difficulty, and was leased to the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway in 1879. It assumed full control of the line in 1888, and converted it to standard gauge. Union Station in Columbia was built to serve the line. Both it and the Belfast Railroad Depot are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The line between Columbia and Lewisburg closed in 1945 and between Lewisburg and Petersburg in 1961. Only a spur serving factories in Lewisburg remains. Parts of the route were used to build Tennessee State Route 50 in Maury and Marshall counties.

A 1903 map of the NC&StL, showing the route between Columbia and Fayetteville
The depot in Belfast was added to the National List of Historic Places in 1984

References

  1. ^ Quinn, Richard (April 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory: Belfast Railroad Depot". National Park Service. Retrieved 2020.

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