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Below are links to sites that may be of interest to fans of the Piedmont Sub. If you have a site that should be listed here, please let me know.

Railroads Associated with the Piedmont Sub

Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society. The COHS is an excellent source of information on the C&O. The Society publishes a monthly magazine, maintains an archives and a collection of C&O equipment in Clifton Forge, and holds an annual convention. If you’re interested in the C&O, I’d definitely recommend joining. I've been a member since 1984.
Chessie System Historical Society The Chessie System was formed by the association of the C&O, the B&O, and the WM. The first time I ever got close to the Gordonsville freight house, the Ches-C was painted on the doors. Definitely a Society for those interested in the Piedmont.
CSX Transportation The corporate Web site for the company that now owns the Piedmont Sub.
Buckingham Branch Railroad Starting in December 2004 the Buckingham Branch leased the Piedmont Sub from CSX.
Central Virginia Railfan Page Information on CSX’s Piedmont Sub can be found at this site. In addition, there are photos and information on all the railroads in the central Virginia area. This is a great site, but it hasn’t been updated in a very long time.
Piedmont Railroaders The Piedmont Railroaders model both the railroads in the Piedmont area and this page covers some history of the Orange & Alexandria line to Gordonsville.
Old Dominion Chapter of the NRHS Based in Richmond, the Old Dominion chapter would be interested in the C&O’s Piedmont Sub. They recently published a book on Virginia railroad stations that included several from the Piedmont Subdivision.
Rivanna Chapter of the NRHS The Rivanna Chapter is located in Charlottesville, the western end of the Piedmont Sub.
Rails in Virginia Jeff Hawkins’s site. Lots of contemporary photos and some great info.

Township Sites

Several of the towns along the right-of-way have their own Web pages. The ones I’ve found are:

Louisa The town site for Louisa.
Mineral The town site for Mineral.
Louisa County The Louisa County site.
Gordonsville The town site for Gordonsville.

Other Sites of Interest

Exchange Hotel Historic Gordonsville maintains an informative site on the Exchange Hotel.
Hanover Tavern Hanover Tavern wasn’t far from the C&O depot. This site can give you a taste of what the area was like.
Trevilian Station Battlefield Foundation Visit this site to learn about the Trevilian Station Battlefield Foundation and their efforts to save the battlefield and station.

General Railroad Sites

These sites should be of interest to anyone with a general love of railroads. Some are huge sites with links to all things railroad, others provide links to sites specific to a single line.

Blue Ridge Chapter, NRHS The Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, based in Lynchburg, Virginia. Great site with regional interests.
Railroad Station Historical Society The RSHS was formed to encourage the preservation and growth of historical knowledge of railroad stations/depots and other railroad/railway structures worldwide. Their home page will tell you more about them and includes tons of great stuff, including photos of existing stations throughout the U.S.
The C&O’s New River Subdivision Bernie Kempinski’s site on the New River Sub. He has lots of great stuff.
CSX History An interesting site with a capsule history of each of the roads that merged to form CSX.
The B&O Railroad Museum The B&O Railroad Museum owns quite a few pieces of C&O equipment, including #490, one of the streamlined Hudsons and #1604, one of the C&O’s 2-6-6-6 Alleghenys.
Webville & Hypertext Railroad Company This is a large site with many railroad-related resources. It also includes links to other railroad sites.
Railroading in the North East This site focuses on railroading in the North East section of the U.S.
J.J.'s Railroad Links J.J. provides a nice list of railroad-related links.
Mack's Trains and Mountains Mack has a nice site with info on the Katy, Rock Island, and the Frisco, as well as a really good links page.

Railroad Search Sites

Rail Serve: The Internet Railroad Directory Over 2,000 rail-related links, search engine, forums, railfan chat rooms, and more!

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