Norfolk to Virginia Beach and Munden

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Note: This line is not abandoned, but owned by the city of Virginia Beach with pending plans for a light rail line.

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The former Norfolk Southern right-of-way can be seen as at its grade crossing with First Colonial Road, just north of Oceana Naval Air Station, as it approaches Virginia Beach from the west. View is looking west toward Norfolk. Photo by Joe Sharretts, October 2012.

This abandoned railway line started out as the Norfolk, Virginia Beach Railroad and Improvement Company in 1883, connecting Norfolk with Virginia Beach. A narrow-guage operation, it struggled nearly immediately, reorganizing as the Norfolk and Virginia Beach Railroad in 1887. In 1898, the line was converted to standard guage, and the branch to Munden Point was built.

In 1900, the line was merged into the Norfolk and Southern Railroad, itself merged into Southern Railway in 1974, and finally came under the ownership of the Norfolk Southern Railway in 1982.

The line also served nearby Oceana Naval Air Station via a spur line.

Around 2008, the line was purchased from NS by the city of Virginia Beach in hopes of extending a local light rail line, the Tide, into their city limits. The line sits out-of-service and derelict today, except for a small portion of the right-of-way within Virginia Beanch on its eastern end, which serves as part of the South Hampton Rail-trail system.

Photos 3, 4, 5 are labeled wrong. This is the right-of-way of the old Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Southern Railroad, which ran from Norfolk near Broad Creek to the Oceanfront. It ran along Norfolk Ave. and turned north along Pacific Ave. to join with the Chesapeake Transit Company line that ran through the north part of then Princess Anne County. The old rail station still stands at 24th and Pacific Aves.

A.Rubbo
Rescue, VA
12/17/2013

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Do you know what type of Diesel locomodive that operated on this line?

Austin
Virginia Beach , VA
1/1/2014

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I could not tell you. However, here is a link to RR Pictures showing the switchers that operated from the NAS Oceana spur to the Norfolk Southern line.

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/locThumbs.aspx?id=166725

A.Rubbo
Rescue, VA
1/2/2014

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I already know know what of locomodive that used to run on the line it's a rebuilt #5532 GP38-2. I learned that from Varailfan89.

Austin
Virginia Beach , VA
1/3/2014

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Do you have any history of the spur that crossed at Rudee Inlet

and ran into Camp Pendleton. I think laid down say WW I and used til after WW11

Mike W
Virginia Beach, VA
11/1/2014

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Reply to Mike W. This link shows an early map of Virginia beach with the Pistol Range spur: http://historical.mytopo.com/getImage.asp?fname=CapeHenry19ne.jpg&state=VA

The book " Norfolk Southern Railroad, Old Dominion Line and Connections" by Richard E. Prince has a very good history of the railroads in Virginia. All it mentions about the spur line is it was constructed prior to 1940 from Lake Junction at Virginia Beach southward following the shore to the Rifle Range.

A.Rubbo
Rescue, VA
2/8/2015

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Hey I was wandering where the eastern end which you said that was still in service? Can you tell me the location? Do you know which address it's next to?

Austin Priest
Virginia Beach, VA
5/2/2015

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Hey I was wandering where the eastern end which you said that was still in service? Can you tell me the location? Do you know which address it's next to?

Austin Priest
Virginia Beach, VA
5/2/2015

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I'm surprised the State, the city of Virginia Beach and Amtrak are not interested in resurrecting the line so that Amtrak's Northeast Regional service (that currently terminates in Newport News) could be extended all the way to Virginia Beach...

R. Spicer
Saint Louis, MO
4/28/2016

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I'm surprised the State, the city of Virginia Beach and Amtrak are not interested in resurrecting the line so that Amtrak's Northeast Regional service (that currently terminates in Newport News) could be extended all the way to Virginia Beach...

The Northeast Regional service that terminates in Newport News cannot connect to Virginia Beach due to geography: there is a large body of water and no rail crossing it. There is Northeast Regional Service to Norfolk, VA available through Norfolk Southern trackage from Petersburg area. The former NS right of way in Norfolk has been converted for light rail, although there is a connection between Norfolk Southern and the Tide, near the old Virginian Railway Tidewater Junction, just south of I264 near Strathmore Ave. in Norfolk.

A.Rubbo
Rescue, VA
5/6/2016

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