Andrews to Murphy Rail Reactivation

Reactivate rail service between Andrews and Murphy, NC. Since 7/18/1988, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has owned the tracks between Andrews, NC and Murphy, NC.

The section of track formerly known as Southern Railway and Norfolk Southern's Murphy Branch starts at Milepost 100.1 and ends at 114.2 for a total of 14.23 miles. In 2015 a study was performed by the NCDOT to reactivate the line from Andrews to Murphy at a total project cost of $17.4 Million. Majority of the tracks between Andrews and Murphy are in good to fair condition. 2 bridges need to be completely replaced while more bridges need minor repairs. This is a page dedicated to the possible return of rail service to Murphy, NC in the future. We will post updates on the study and news on the possible reactivation here. This page is a fan page and is not affiliated with the NCDOT, City of Andrews, City of Murphy, Blue Ridge Southern Railroad, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad or American Heritage Railways.

Operating as usual

cherokeescout.com 02/11/2021

Company eyes local freight service | Cherokee Scout, Murphy, North Carolina

For those who are subscribed to the Cherokee Scout newspaper...

https://www.cherokeescout.com/local-news/company-eyes-local-freight-service

cherokeescout.com Murphy – Local officials believe they are one step closer to reinvigorating Cherokee County’s economy through use of the Andrews-to-Murphy rail line.

03/27/2019

www.ncleg.gov

Click below to view a PDF presentation (37 slides) from NCDOT Rail Division Director Jason Orthner to the NC General Assembly Joint House-Senate Committee on Transportation Appropriations made today, March 27, 2019.

https://www.ncleg.gov/documentsites/committees/JointAppropriationsTransportation/2019%20Session/2019-03-26/2.%20NCDOT_Rail%20Division%20Overview_2019.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2lNVcMckAXkWI73AmKvHPgBCzu54oBZ2julpx-1B5tbJQgywwDaXELpQI

ncleg.gov

prlog.org 03/26/2019

American Heritage Railways Appoints Michael Gibson As VP of Rail and Freight Development

American Heritage Railways Appoints Michael Gibson As VP of Rail and Freight Development

"Gibson is tasked with developing, constructing, and overseeing new rail infrastructures which can be utilized for dual freight and passenger traffic."

"With AHR already having successfully introduced freight transportation on a small scale at its Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, we have laid the groundwork for a sizeable logistics business unit across multiple AHR assets. Gibson is tasked with overseeing and developing this important new division, and leveraging various corporate properties, resources, and human capital that can accelerate its expansion and financial contributions."

View the Full Press Release Here:
https://www.prlog.org/12761410-american-heritage-railways-appoints-michael-gibson-as-vp-of-rail-and-freight-development.html

prlog.org American Heritage Railways Appoints Michael Gibson As VP of Rail and Freight Development. Longtime Railroad Industry Veteran to Oversee Revenue-Driven Development and Growth of Freight Operations and Logistics Business Across Company's Portfolio of Historic Scenic Railroads - PR12761410

12/19/2018

Bring the Train to Murphy NC! A record is made in the Guinness Book of World Records!

https://youtu.be/tzD22uK2XCE

On October 5, 2018, Downtown Murphy NC had thousands of folks on the square whistling and singing "She will be coming round the mountain when she comes!" and...

wrcbtv.com 12/19/2018

CALLING THE TRAIN HOME: Murphy aims to upgrade railroad tracks, boost economy

http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/39235087/calling-the-train-home-murphy-aims-to-upgrade-railroad-tracks-boost-economy?fbclid=IwAR1cUwdRBHZUqCUKxhD-U0SICZED-AoCIcJhUadwk6_vjs5jvp5-lJ9JjWo

wrcbtv.com The town of Murphy in Cherokee County is aiming to boost their economy, add jobs and bring in more tourists.

06/20/2018

Jake's Speed & Custom

NCDOT at work on the line in Murphy. Special Thanks to Jake's Speed & Custom for the video.

More activity on the track in front of the shop. Last week a truck went down cutting limbs hanging over the tracks. Looks like this one is spraying weed killer maybe? How cool would it be if they ran the train right in front of my shop

04/24/2018

Murphy Branch Line Memory Collection Feat. Mr. Bill Hughes

In this interview, Austin Tibbetts and Richard More interview Mr. Bill Hughes, a retired mayor and elementary school principal in Murphy, NC on his memories of the Murphy branch railroad operations in and around Murphy, NC. Enjoy the time Bill gave us as he shares about his memories of the Murphy branch line and his grandfather's link to the railroad which gave Mr. Bill first hand experience of its operations. If anyone has any good connections with the North Carolina State government, do not hesitate to contact Bill Hughes at 828-837-6821 or by his cell phone: 828-361-2031 so that we can figure out how to get the funding to restore and preserve this historic and beautiful railroad.

https://youtu.be/2jA9qev2CHk

In this interview, Austin Tibbetts and Richard More interview Mr. Bill Hughes, a retired mayor and elementary school principal in Murphy, NC on his memories ...

01/10/2018

NCDOT Rail Division - The Rail Report - January 2018

The Murphy Branch shows to be getting some much needed help from the NCDOT. Both Blue Ridge Southern and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will receive grants to improve bridges and tracks along the Murphy Branch. While none of these projects are specifically for the Andrews to Murphy Rail Reactivation, it is certainly a start for bigger things to come.

In addition, Murphy's Mayor was awarded a certificate of appreciation at the mayor’s retirement reception from the NCDOT Rail Division and thanked him for many years of support for railroad service in North Carolina.

View the complete Rail Report here...

https://connect.ncdot.gov/resources/Rail-Division-Resources/Documents/2018.01%20Monthly%20Rail%20Report.pdf

08/18/2017

Public Service Announcement

Special thanks to Jack Allison Spangler for sharing these photos. 03/22/2017

Photos from Andrews to Murphy Rail Reactivation's post

GSMR 200 Between Andrews & Murphy (1992) 03/09/2017

Special thanks to Jack Allison Spangler for sharing these photos.

Special thanks to Jack Allison Spangler for sharing these photos.

03/08/2017

Murphy Yard in 1992. Jack Allison Spangler Photo.

01/28/2017

L&N #4000 in Murphy on March 10, 1980.
Jim King Photo courtesy of David Pressley.

L&N & Southern Railway Murphy Depots 01/28/2017

L&N & Southern Railway Murphy Depots

01/05/2017

Looking eastbound over the L&N trestle at the L&N Murphy Depot.
Photo Courtesy of David Pressley

GSMR 1702 in Andrews (1999) 12/22/2016

1702 at the Andrews Depot in 1999. Photo by David Pressley

Photos by David Pressley

[12/22/16]   In Summer 1988, Norfolk Southern Railroad filed for abandonment of the Murphy Branch Line from Dillsboro to Murphy, NC due to the decline in freight service. In an effort to preserve and save the historic rail line for future use the North Carolina Department of Transportation purchased the line on July 18, 1988.

The newly established Great Smoky Mountains Railway leased the rail line and eventually purchased the section of track between Dillsboro and Andrews from the NCDOT in 1996.

The rest of the existing line between Andrews and Murphy, NC today is still owned by the NCDOT and has been out of service ever since. This section of track starts at Milepost 100.1 and ends at 114.2 for a total of 14.23 miles.

There has long been interest to restore the line for passenger excursion and freight service once again.

In 2015 a study was performed by the NCDOT to reactivate the line from Andrews to Murphy at a total project cost of $17.4 Million.

Majority of the tracks between Andrews and Murphy are in good to fair condition. 2 bridges need to be completely replaced while more bridges need minor repairs.

This is a page dedicated to the possible return of rail service to Andrews and Murphy, NC in the future. Our goal is to create awareness and to preserve history with stories, photos, and video of operations on this section of the Murphy Branch. We will post updates on the study and news on the possible reactivation here as we wait patiently to hear the sound of a train whistle in Murphy once again.

*** This page is a fan page and is not affiliated with the NCDOT, City of Andrews, City of Murphy, Blue Ridge Southern Railroad, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad or American Heritage Railways. ***

[12/22/16]   Andrews to Murphy Timeline of Events

12/22/2016

This Summer 1975 scene finds a westbound local on the Murphy Branch west of Andrews behind a pair of high hood GPs. Photo by Tom Sink.

Harold H. Hall Funeral Train (1991) 12/22/2016

Published in New York Times, January 23, 1991

Harold H. Hall, 64; Ex-Railroad President

Harold H. Hall, who rose from telegraph operator to president of a major railroad corporation, died Saturday at his home in Virginia Beach, Va. He was 64 years old.

The cause of death was a heart attack.

Mr. Hall became president and chief operating officer of Norfolk Southern Corporation in 1982, after a merger of the Southern Railway Company and the Norfolk and Western Railway Company.

Shortly before his retirement in 1987 he was elected vice chairman. He had been president of Southern Railway since 1979 and its chief executive officer since 1980.

He began his career in 1943 as a Southern Railway telegrapher after graduating from high school. In World War II he was a Navy gunner in a bomber squadron, and in 1946 he returned to the railroad as an agent-telegrapher.

He was soon promoted to train dispatcher and over the years rose to become president.

He always considered the mountains of Western North Carolina his home and returned to them on a regular basis. Upon his death a special funeral train carried him home one last time.

He is survived by his wife, Joretta ; a daughter, Martha H. O'Donnell of Hickory, N.C.; a son Dr, Gregory M. Hall of Baltimore; a sister, Emogene Ledford of Andrews, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

Published in New York Times, January 23, 1991

Harold H. Hall, 64; Ex-Railroad President

Harold H. Hall, who rose from telegraph operator to president of a major railroad corporation, died Saturday at his home in Virginia Beach, Va. He was 64 years old.

The cause of death was a heart attack.

Mr. Hall became president and chief operating officer of Norfolk Southern Corporation in 1982, after a merger of the Southern Railway Company and the Norfolk and Western Railway Company.

Shortly before his retirement in 1987 he was elected vice chairman. He had been president of Southern Railway since 1979 and its chief executive officer since 1980.

He began his career in 1943 as a Southern Railway telegrapher after graduating from high school. In World War II he was a Navy gunner in a bomber squadron, and in 1946 he returned to the railroad as an agent-telegrapher.

He was soon promoted to train dispatcher and over the years rose to become president.

He always considered the mountains of Western North Carolina his home and returned to them on a regular basis. Upon his death a special funeral train carried him home one last time.

He is survived by his wife, Joretta ; a daughter, Martha H. O'Donnell of Hickory, N.C.; a son Dr, Gregory M. Hall of Baltimore; a sister, Emogene Ledford of Andrews, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

GSMR 200 Between Andrews & Murphy (1992) 12/22/2016

Special thanks to Jack Allison Spangler for sharing these photos.

Special thanks to Jack Allison Spangler for sharing these photos.

12/21/2016

A2M is listed as #34 in the NCDOT Comprehensive Rail Plan.

12/21/2016

Current plans for the Andrews to Murphy Rail Reactivation project are 2020-2024 according to the 2015 NCDOT Comprehensive Rail Plan.

12/21/2016

Map of A2M with mile-markers and areas of interest.

[12/21/16]   2015 NCDOT A2M Current Condition

[12/21/16]   2015 NCDOT A2M Summary of Repairs & Improvements

[12/21/16]   2015 NCDOT A2M Study Costs

[12/21/16]   2015 NCDOT A2M Study Conclusion

03/08/2016

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

It's official! Steam returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, Swain County, North Carolina for the 2016 excursion season. Read the official press release here: http://bit.ly/1pvO1LD

01/01/2016

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Happy New Year to you and yours! We are looking forward to a great 2016, but we'd have to say we are looking forward to this the most! The return of STEAM in 2016!

05/04/2015

L&N #1318 moving cars around the L&N Murphy Depot.

05/04/2015

bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com

Here is a link to the Study of bringing rail service back to Murphy!

http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/thesylvaherald.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/9e/e9eb9abe-a7c5-11e4-84ea-efae089fa481/54ca48ca068e8.pdf.pdf

bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/thesylvaherald.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/9e/e9eb9abe-a7c5-11e4-84ea-efae089fa481/54ca48ca068e8.pdf.pdf

04/17/2015
04/17/2015

Andrews to Murphy Rail Reactivation's cover photo

03/30/2015

The Old Hackney Building Before & After.

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11 Railroad St
Murphy, NC
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