Deepwater in 1904 -- Eastern Terminal

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And as one who grew up in Farmville, I know that this rumor came to naught. Evidence of the 3-foot gauge F&P can still be seen along State Route 45 between Farmville and Cumberland, and the turntable pit at its terminus in Farmville was still evident under the sawdust behind Buffalo Shook Co. across from the Farmville N&W passenger station when I was growing up in the '50's and '60's.

The line was actually graded all the way out to Hampden-Sydney, six miles south of Farmville, but track was never laid. You can still see a cut near the gate at the north entrance to the campus.

During the First World War the track was pulled up and the rails shipped to France for use in supplying soldiers involved in the trench warfare of the Western Front.

Sam Putney

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Tidewater Buys Small Virginia Road
A Newport News dispatch says, "It was learned today that the Tidewater Railway Company has secured control of the old Farmville and Powhatan Railway, which gives it a right of way from Farmville to Bermudas Hundred, just above the City Point on the James River.
It is believed that the line will be built from West Virginia coal fields to Bermudas Hundred, and that temporarily the freight of the road will be barged down the James River to Newport News and Norfolk, at both of which points the Tidewater holds options on piers and terminal property.
It is said that the topography of the Bermuda Hundred section is favorable for bridging the James River at that point, and it is believed here that track of the Tidewater company finally will come into Newport News.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph
August 19, 1904

[Rumors kept the newspaper presses of that era going round and round!]

Gordon Hamilton


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