Most railfans and historians refer to the Virginian as one of the major Appalachian coal haulers. Two of my favorite segments of this railroad are the Sewells Point and Jarratt Districts of the old Norfolk Division. Sewells Point is located between West Junction and the Virginian Coal Docks, to the north of Norfolk, while the Jarrett District runs west out of Algren, through Jarratt and Abilene, and beyond.
As a result of the 1959 takeover by the N&W, the Jarratt District quickly became a redundant, parallel route with little business along the way. In time the line from Algren (V15.4) to Abilene (V141.4) was abandoned and the track removed with some of the rail not being dismantled until the early 1990s.