The Tarheel Press           
The Danville & Western Railway
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              Highlights include:
       
- Hardback Cover

- 200 pages exploring one of NC's most 
           storied short line railroads.

- Nearly 250  B/W photos and maps

- Complete history of the Danville & Western
            Railway and its predecessor
            narrow gauge lines.

- Detailed maps and profiles of the railroad

- Detailed rosters

- The culmination of nearly two decades of 
              research by Stuart, VA native
              Larry Hopkins.

                     
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$55.00    
       
plus tax & shipping
*Please note that demand on this book is expected to be extremely high. Lead time is currently 4 weeks.
    “The Dick & Willie” is a historical account of the Danville & Western Railway Company and its predecessor, the Danville & New River Railroad, with a brief overview of its successor, the Carolina & Northwestern Martinsville Division.  This 75-mile short line railroad traveled through the hills and valleys of southwest Virginia and piedmont North Carolina for more than a century, carrying passengers and the essentials of life to the communities dotted along the line.

     Starting operations as a narrow gauge railroad in the early 1880’s, the D&W operated for almost 20 years before converting to standard gauge to meet the needs of the numerous cotton mills that sprang up along the line around the turn of the century.  From the early days of building the line in the 1880’s, to going diesel in the 1940’s, “The Dick & Willie” examines each decade of the company’s charming history.  

     The pages of the “The Dick & Willie” not only convey the history of the Danville & Western, but also reveal a vast amount of railroad history and local history. With chapters focusing on the equipment and the depots, it provides a great understanding of what the D&W looked like.  Containing more than 225 photos, maps and illustrations in 200 pages, this book offers a rare glimpse of a local legend in the communities that it served.