Dillwyn, VA. May 1, 2016. The Buckingham Branch Railroad (BB) announced today that the company has completed a signficant sidtrack improvement project in Clarksville, VA. The project will restore rail service to the site of the former Burlington Industries in Clarksville, one and one-half miles south of the intersection of east-west bound U.S. Highway 58 and north-south bound U.S. Highway 15. BB’s track work covered nearly one mile of track – the rehabilitation of 2,800 feet of the Clarksville Wye track on BB’s Virginia Southern Division, and 2,200 feet of new sidetrack construction inside the Burlington site. The project was undertaken by BB’s Track and Structures Department and was finished on schedule.
BB President Steve Powell explained that the track improvement project is part of the Buckingham Branch’s annual capital investment plan, designed to open future rail service to land sites without rail service today. “We are constantly evaluating land sites along the Buckingham Branch for future rail wervice potential,” Powell said. “We particularly like the potential for industrial development along our Virginia Southern Division. We are recommending the Clarksville area to our Virginia Southern Class 1 Railroad partner, Norfolk Southern.” The BB Virginia Southern interchanges with NS at Burkeville, VA.