Location: Burkeville, Virginia
Railroads: Norfolk Southern, Virginia Southern
Districts/Subdivions: NS Blue Ridge & Richmond Districts; Virginia Southern
Nearest Major City: Richmond
Directions from Richmond:
* Take US 360 West out of Richmond.
* About 35-40 miles, after US 460 merges with US 360, make a left on US 360 Business.
Like all areas along the Blue Ridge and Altavista Districts, this is a safe area. Not a whole lot of crime happening in these parts, except for the occasional petty stuff. None the less, me hailing from NJ originally, I tend to be a suspect of my surroundings wherever I am.
Burkeville is a great Southside Virginia railfan spot. At this spot, the Virginia Southern (out of Keysville) interchanges with Norfolk Southern. Additionally, The Richmond District (Burkeville - West Point, VA) junctions with the Blue Ridge here. Last check I had from railfanning there, it averages between 6-7 trains day, not including a daily local. This is the mainline between Norfolk and Roanoke. A few times you can catch a unit trash train coming off the Blue Ridge onto the Richmond District bound for the landfill at Amelia, VA
The Virginia Southern is a little more sporadic, especially since traffic has died down on that road. You can usually catch it during the day though 2-3 times a week in Burkeville, may be a little less now. There is a spot where the VS crosses under NS and makes for a great photo if the lighting is right.
The best part about this particular spot is that it runs through the middle of a very open town so there are plenty of spots on both sides of the track to photograph from. And if things are slow, Crewe yard is only 2 miles to the east along US 460
161.115 -- [AAR channel 67] -- EOT devices
161.190 -- [AAR channel 72] -- ex-N&W road (former N&W)
161.310 -- [AAR channel 80] -- all operations
Some of these may have changed, but this is the latest info I have...
O52 Manifest/Linwood - Norfolk; as needed - high and wide train
O53 Manifest/Norfolk - Linwood; as needed - high and wide train
158 Manifest/Linwood - Norfolk; daily
159 Manifest/Norfolk - Linwood; daily
184 Manifest/Bellevue - Norfolk; daily - autoracks/high-cubes predominate
185 Manifest/Norfolk - Bellevue; daily - autoracks/high-cubes predominate
227 Intermodal/Norfolk - Detroit; daily
228 Intermodal/Detroit - Norfolk; daily
233 Intermodal/Norfolk - Chicago; daily
234 Intermodal/Chicago - Norfolk; daily
235 Intermodal/Norfolk - Chicago; daily
236 Intermodal/Chicago - Norfolk; daily
Virginia Div. Manifests
427 Manifest/Hopewell - Roanoke; daily
428 Manifest/Roanoke - Hopewell; daily
800 series Coal loads and empties/Various - Norfolk; as req'd
V03 Local/Crewe; daily/Crewe-based local
V28 Local/Richmond; as needed (for Burkeville/Jetersville)/Richmond-based local
V62 Refuse transfer train/Lynchburg - Amelia; as needed - moves garbage cars off through freights at Lynchburg to the landfill at Amelia.
371 New York City refuse train/Waverly - Hagerstown; twice weekly - unit trash train
372 New York City refuse train/Hagerstown - Waverly; twice weekly - unit trash train
Here is the most recent photo I have, taken on the 5th of March, 2006. This is the right of way through Burkeville looking west. Just off to the right is the signal controlling the Richmond District's junction with the Blue Ridge District.
Here is a crappy picture taken back in Jan '02. This is the ROW heading east towards Crewe.
A self-propelled crane heads towards Crewe in the summer of '97.
High nose EMD power on the Richmond Local drop off empty wood chip hoppers bound for Chesepeake Lumber on the Virginia Southern RR just outside of Keysville, VA. Taken Jan '02