Kona to Pensacola

The Yancey Railroad

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This view shows the vandalized Yancey Railroad bridge, just beyond the location of the junction with the Clinchfield (now CSX) at Kona. The signal mast in the foreground is still in use by CSX. Photo by S. M. Stainback.

The Yancey Railroad was a shortline that connected with the Clinchfield at Kona, NC. The Yancey served the towns of Bacchus, Micaville (junction), Bowditch, Windom and Burnsville.

The Yancey was previously known as the Black Mountain, and the line to Burnsville previouly extended to Eskota.

This line was abandoned after the bridge piers were damaged during a flood in 1977. There was later some interest in reopening the line by a new owner, but those plans were put on hold after the track and bridge were vandalized.

A real estate developer intent on building a fishing resort in the area worked with some other individuals to bulldoze some track into the Toe River and further damage the bridge. The dispute has been taken to court.

I wanted to tell you that the railroad which preceded the Yancey was the extended past Burnsville,NC to Pensacola,N.C.

Don W Printz
Stone Mountain, GA
2/6/2010

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I owner of Western Carolina Metal & Iron Recycling LLC Cut this bridge up (after someone burned it down) into small pieces so that the helicopter could fly them out and not disturb the river bottom, went real smooth and would love the remove another one!!!!

Chad Woody
Marion, NC
3/21/2014

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How about restoration of the railroad?

Horatio Hornblatt
Spencer, NC
7/12/2014

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Restoration will not be possible. As of Aug 10, 2014, the bridges in Kona are gone, Yancey County has built a water treatment facility over a portion of the roadbed, most of the line around Micaville has been removed so new water/sewer lines could be ran, and Highway 19-E is being widened, therefore destroying the yard at Micaville and creating the need for NPRR 65 ton Vulcan #40 to be cut up for scrap. The Yancey is truly gone.

Bryan Whitson
Asheville, NC
8/13/2014

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Any chance this connected to a line that went through Rutherfordton NC, Ruth NC or Spindale NC. It parralelled 220 out of Ruth for a while. Was turned into a trail just north of Rutherfordton, however was still moving freight around 1991, thanks

Dan kennedy
Atlanta, GA
3/27/2015

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No, this line ran from Kona on the Clinchfield in Mitchell County, about 10 rail miles north of Spruce Pine, up the South Toe River 12.83 miles to Burnsville, the county seat of Yancey County. The rail line you are referring to is the Thermal Belt Railway

Bryan Whitson
Asheville, NC
3/27/2015

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I used to frequent the old Clichfield before I moved to AZ, but i never got a chance to check this one out.

What ever happened to the lawsuit? I am a member of the Yahoo! group, but info is scarce. Sounds like there was far more involved than just vandalism.

James
Chino Valley, AZ
3/31/2015

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I used to frequent the old Clichfield before I moved to AZ, but i never got a chance to check this one out.

What ever happened to the lawsuit? I am a member of the Yahoo! group, but info is scarce. Sounds like there was far more involved than just vandalism.

James
Chino Valley, AZ
3/31/2015

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