C&O Milepost 114.7
Station Number: 115
Code Number: 0172
Up through the Civil War, Verdon was known as Anderson’s Tavern (but see this 1864 Map which calls the stop Verdon Station). The name was changed sometime after the War. The depot at Verdon was retired in February of 1934. The 1937 Side Track Record showed a 2300' passing siding (track number 841) and a 475' house track (track number 842) in Verdon. The house track and a portion of the siding were retired in 1943. In January, 1948 the C&O erected a passenger shelter at Verdon. The siding was revised in June, 1955 to serve the J. E. Baker Company, presumably the company that opened the quarry that still exists in Verdon. The siding was extended in December, 1959 and two additional tracks (numbers 2859 and 2860) were added in September, 1960. The shelter was retired in 1963. Another track (number 3034) was added in 1977.
|In this March 1985 photo, GP39 3908 and U30-B 8201 pull a cut of hoppers out of the quarry. According to the markings on the slide, this is a Piedmont Sub local, but I suspect that the train might be the Virginia Rock Runner. That service had just begun the previous summer. (March 16, 1985 photo by Stanley W. Short. From a slide in the collection of Larry Z. Daily)|
|This photo was taken at what was then the Martin Marietta Aggregate quarry at Verdon. The main line is to the right in this photo. Martin Marietta acquired the quarry Cornerstone Construction & Materials. In the 1980’s it was operated by the General Crushed Stone Company, a subsidiary of the Koppers Co. Inc. I believe the original owner was the J. E. Baker Co. (see above). The quarry produces 2.2 million tons of granite gneiss annually and has 200 million tons of reserves. (December 28, 1998 photo by Larry Z. Daily)|
This map was prepared from U.S.G.S. topological maps, C&O track charts dated 1963, C&O Side Track Records dated 1937, a copy of the Side Track Records updated through the 1990’s, and C&O Valuation maps, also updated through the 1990’s.
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