Fremont to Moss Mine

The Fremont Branch

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This 14.7-mile branch, built in 1947, served one of the Clinchfield Railroad's largest mines, Moss Mine No.1.

At one point, this branch line served 8 coal tipples along its length. Slowly, the mines closed down, leaving Moss Mine, which shuttered in 1989, after which this branch line was abandoned.

Thanks to Chase Freeman for contributing information about this route.

This branch line served Clinchfield's Crabtree, Holley Creek,Dickinson,& Mullins docks. It served Virginia,Iron,Coal & Coke inc's Delp truck dump tipple. Delp is still standing strong at MP 10.7. Next is Victor Coal Corporation's Victor Tipple, It is one of the smallest tipples that I have ever seen. It is in great shape and I have some pictures of it. It sits at MP 11.1. The Virginia,Iron,Coal & Coke Inc's Phipps Dock used to sit at 12.0. Nothing is left of it except for the sign. Last but not least is the Clinchfield's Huge Moss No.1 Preparation Plant, it was the biggest producer on the Clinchfield Railroad . Moss 1 loaded approx 2,000 cars per month. It Ceased production in 1989. Forest Inc built a woodchipper up at were Moss 1 used to be and shipped by rail for a short time.

Chase Freeman
Koenig, VA
10/25/2011

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