The Mount Airy and Eastern Railroad

“The Dinky”

At The Hollow History Center In Ararat, Virginia

                                                                                                                                            

This is the story of a narrow gauge railroad that ran from Mount Airy, North Carolina, to Kibler Valley in Patrick County, Virginia officially known as the Mount Airy and Eastern Railroad and affectionately known as "The Dinky." This webpage will be one of many on The Free State of Patrick that will cross the state line between North Carolina and Virginia being a truly regional webpage about history in this area.

                                                                   

                    Remnants of the Mount Airy and Eastern Railroad on the Clement property in Ararat, Virginia by Anthony Terry in 2006.

        Click Here To See How The Dinky Railroad Tracks Were Found In Ararat Virginia

Thanks to Charles and James Clement for donating part of the rails on their property and to Anthony Terry for uncovering and moving some of the rails to The Hollow History Center in Ararat, Virginia. These rails are shown above in their original location on the Clement property.

                                                             

This image shows a Mount Airy Construction and Manufacturing Company flatcar with a MoW gang probably circa 1900.  The image appears to be a double exposure and the bottom image is of an unidentified lumber yard, perhaps a load for the MA&E.

On April 4, 2007, Ron Hall, Kenney Kirkman, Nash Lawson, Tom Perry and  Raleigh Puckett met at The Hollow History Center to rebuild "The Dinky Railroad" as an outdoor exhibit at The Hollow History Center. Raleigh Puckett had dug out the bed for the rails and covered it with gravel.

                   

Glass plate negative loaned by Carson House, Marion, NC to Doug Walker.  Obtained from the collection of Mac Connery, Durham, NC.

Courtesy of David Bott.

Kenney Kirkman supplied crossties, spikes and connector plates. "Team Dinky" assembled to cut the crossties down to 76 inches and then place them in the new bed.

"Team Dinky" then moved the rails donated by Anthony Terry, Charles Clement and James Clement on the crossties after beating the rust off the rails with the sledgehammer.

We lined up the crossties and then using a three foot guide to place between the rails we began to hammer in spikes to hold the rails in place.

We measured the rails 17 inches from the end of the crossties and three feet between the rails. The railroad was narrow gauge. We drilled holes in the crossties to make hammering easier.

                   

                    We used several tools brought by Kenney to manipulate the crossties and the rails shown on the right above.

            "Team Dinky" Nash Lawson, Kenney Kirkman, Raleigh Puckett and Ron Hall. Photo by Tom Perry.

                                           

                                    Patrick County's only railroad above ground is now on display at The Hollow History Center in Ararat, Virginia.

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                                         Click Here To See Photos Of The Dinky Railroad

Follow "The Dinky" From Mount Airy, North Carolina to Kibler Valley, Virginia

The Dinky Railroad From Mount Airy To Johnson's Creek

The Dinky Railroad From White Sulphur Springs to Virginia

The Dinky Railroad From Stuart's Birthplace to Clark's Creek

The Dinky Railroad From Clark's Creek To The Holly Tree Road

The Dinky Railroad From The Holly Tree Road To The Homeplace Road

The Dinky Railroad From The Homeplace Road To The Crossroads

The Dinky Railroad From The Crossroads To The Dan River

The Dinky Railroad At Meadowfield

The Dinky Railroad Up Bateman's Straight To Kibler Valley

The Dinky Railroad Up The Dan River To Kibler Valley

The Dinky Railroad In Kibler Valley