Richmond_and_York_River_Railroad

Richmond and York River Railroad

Richmond and York River Railroad was completed between Richmond, Virginia and West Point, Virginia in 1861. The western terminus was adjacent to Richmond's Tobacco Row. West Point was shipping port at the head of the York River, which is formed by the confluence of the Pamunkey River and the Mattaponi River.

The Richmond and York River Railroad played a key role in the Peninsula Campaign in 1862 during the American Civil War, and was largely destroyed. Rebuilt after the War, it became part of the Richmond and Danville Railroad system, later becoming part of the Southern Railway system, Today, it is part of Norfolk Southern's rail system. A large paper mill is located at West Point and is served by the railroad.

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