Overhills Rail-Trail Project: Historical Photographs
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Overhills / CF & YV Rwy. Historical Photographs

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Train

Photo from the collection of the North Carolina Divison of Archives and History.

 
Overhills: Train, apparently a mixed local, presumably near the passenger station.   (One can asssume the passengers are disembarking on the side nearest the station, so the train is northbound toward Sanford.)
Overhills Panorama

Photo from The Photography of John Walker Fry (Winston-Salem: Hunter Publishing; Greensboro: Greensboro Preservation Society, 1982).

 
Overhills: Panoramic view of "The Hill circa 1913, before the golf course was built.  The building on the left (The Clubhouse) and the building on the right have both been demolished.
Aerial View

Photo from the collection of the North Carolina Divison of Archives and History.

 
Overhills: Aerial view of "The Hill" the residential compound) and the golf course.  The rail line runs diagonally along the bottom of the photo, the lake is at the extreme lower right-hand corner, and the freight station is indicated by the red arrow.
Golf Course

Photo from the collection of the North Carolina Divison of Archives and History.

 
Overhills: Closer aerial view of the golf course and The Hill (at lower right).
Hunting Circus

Photo from the collection of the North Carolina Divison of Archives and History.

 
Overhills: An aerial view of hunting complex, "The Circus," which is about a mile east of The Hill."  The building at the left of the circle is the stables and is still standing.  All the buildings on the right have been demolished; the larger of which was the dog kennels.
Eden Colony

Photo from the collection of the North Carolina Divison of Archives and History.

 
CF&YV RR: From a postcard touting the Eden Colony at Rock Branch (now Olivia) between Overhills and Sanford.  The caption reads: "A newly discovered health resort at Rock Branch, North Carolina, surrounded by Eden Colony, the place where invalids go and get well without medicine; and then make $200 per acre raising fruit.  Descriptive booklet of lots and prices free.  Address: EDEN COLONY FRUIT COMPANY, ROCK BRANCH, N.C."
Wilmington Bridge

Photo from The Photography of John Walker Fry (Winston-Salem: Hunter Publishing; Greensboro: Greensboro Preservation Society, 1982).

 
CF&YV RR: Bridge over the Cape Fear River at Wilmington . . . long gone.
Pilot Mountain

Photo from The Photography of John Walker Fry (Winston-Salem: Hunter Publishing; Greensboro: Greensboro Preservation Society, 1982).

 
CF&YV RR: An excursion train within sight of Pilot Mountain.  There was a CF&YV station for Pilot Mountain, as well as Ararat and Mount Airy (north of Pilot Mountain) and Pinnacle (south) -- see the 1891 CF&YV route map.).
Goldston Depot

Photo from The Architectural History of Chatham County, North Carolina   (Pittsboro, NC: Chatham County Historical Assocation, 1991).

 
CF&YV RR: Depot in Goldston, built around 1884.  It is one of the three freight depots built on the old CF&YV -- with Overhills and Bear Creek -- which has survived, though it has been moved about a hundred yards from the tracks.
Cumnock Depot

Photo from Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills, Vol. I: The 19th Century   (Matthews, NC: Heritage Publishing, 1985).

 
CF&YV RR: Depot in Cumnock, near the coal fields which were the reason for the building of the CF&YV in the first place.  The depot was torn down by the Southern Railway after the line north of Sanford was taken over by the Southern Railway.
Gulf Depot

Photo from Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills, Vol. I: The 19th Century   (Matthews, NC: Heritage Publishing, 1985).

 
CF&YV RR: Depot in Gulf, also built by the CF&YV around 1884, near the junction with the Gulf & Glendon, which later became part of the old Norfolk Southern.  The depot has since been demolished.
Early Locomotive in Fayetteville

Photo from Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills, Vol. I: The 19th Century   (Matthews, NC: Heritage Publishing, 1985).

 
CF&YV RR: An early CF&YV locomotive somewhere in Fayetteville.  The original circular glass negative, at one time in the collection of the Divison of Archives and History in Raleigh, has been lost.
CF&YV Turntable

Photo from Fayetteville, North Carolina: A Pictorial History   (Norfolk: Donning Co., 1984).

 
CF&YV RR: The Fayetteville roundhouse.   (see the 1891 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.)  The CF&YV shops complex was torn down somtime between 1901 and 1908.
Fayetteville CF&YV Depot

Photo from The Photography of John Walker Fry (Winston-Salem: Hunter Publishing; Greensboro: Greensboro Preservation Society, 1982).

 
CF&YV RR: The Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley passenger depot in Fayetteville, circa 1889.  The building is still standing, somewhat altered, though the passenger canopies are long gone.  There is also one track left, serving what's left of the line east of the Cape Fear River.
CF&YV Engines

Photo from Fayetteville, North Carolina: A Pictorial History   (Norfolk: Donning Co., 1984).

 
CF&YV RR: Wood-burning locomotives at the Fayetteville roundhouse.
CF&YV Locomotive 13

Photo from Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills, Vol. I: The 19th Century   (Matthews, NC: Heritage Publishing, 1985).

 
CF&YV RR: Locomotive 13, purchased new in 1886 from the Pittsburgh Locomotive Works (later a part of Alco).
CF&YV Crew

Photo from Fayetteville, North Carolina: A Pictorial History   (Norfolk: Donning Co., 1984).

 
CF&YV RR: The crew from the carpentry shop at the Fayetteville yard, circa 1889. 
Fayetteville Aerial View

Photo from Fayetteville, North Carolina: A Pictorial History   (Norfolk: Donning Co., 1984).

 
CF&YV RR: Aerial view of Fayetteville, vintage 1923.  The old CF & YV shops were at the top of the photograph (see the 1891 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.)


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