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Surry, Sussex & Southhampton Railway

The Surry Lumber Co., the largest producer of yellow pine lumber in the eastern United States, chartered by Surry, Sussex & Southhampton Railway in May 1886, mainly as a facility for its mill at Dendron, but the railroad was a bona fide common carrier throughout its history. 

The site chosen for their mill was 13 miles south of the James River and 6.5 miles north of the connection with the standard gauge Norfolk and Western Railroad at Wakefield, Virginia. The main line ran from Scotland Wharf, located on the south side of the James River, directly south of Jamestown Island. From Scotland Whar,f the railroad had stops at Surry, Moorings, Elberon, Sexton, Dendron, Wakefield, Manry, and Dory for a total distance of 18.1 miles.

The Surry, Sussex & Southhampton Railway started as a logging operation on Clermont Plantation owned by Major William Allen before the Civil War.

At the end of 1921, the railroad equipment included: 16 locomotives, 70 boxcars,12 flatcars, 5 coal cars, 4 coaches, 1 combine, 2 baggage and express cars, and 400 log cars. The last train on the Surry, Sussex & Southhampton Railway ran on Thursday, July 31, 1930.



 

    

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