Talk:Murphy Branch

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Citations please![edit]

If you are adding information to this article, please be sure to also add the appropriate citation (newspaper, journal, website). Thank you for making the Murphy Branch article better! Arthunter (talk) 14:08, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

End In Murphy?[edit]

The track continued past Murphy and on into South Carolina (just west of NC 60/Murphy Highway) and linked up with a presently existing railroad at "Murphy Junction" in Blue Ridge, SC. This can be evidenced on Google Earth and other sources.

It did , but when was it pulled up? I was working in downtown Murphy a few years ago and the

tracks end at the river. I did see the "state" doing maintaince work to the tracks between andrews and murphy at this time(2006)

The Murphy Branch runs east to west from Asheville, towards Tennessee and Georgia, not South Carolina. The Murphy branch did ended in Murphy, NC, where it connected with the Marietta & North Georgia (later L&N). From Murphy, the line extended southwest to Blue Ridge, GA. L&N abandoned this line and removed the tracks in 1982. You can verify all of this in Southern Railway's Murphy Branchby Michael George. Arthunter (talk) 14:02, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Also missing is the spur line from Topton to Robbinsville, NC. It was ran as tourist road during the 1980's. The tracks have been removed now(not sure when)

It was not a spur, but rather the Graham County Railroad. It was never part of the Western North Carolina Railroad (later Southern) that built the Murphy Branch. Arthunter (talk) 14:02, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Old topo maps show the "Fontana spur" and the main road was moved when Fontana Lake was flooded. There is an old R/R tunnel that can be seen when the lake level is low. (talk) 20:37, 21 November 2010 (UTC)Trip

That is the Indian Ridge tunnel. Spur was built specifically to haul materials to the Fontana Dam construction site, and was removed after the dam was completed. Arthunter (talk) 14:02, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Initial Stub Creation[edit]

I am planning to expand this basic information over time. I am currently reading a few books and doing some research on the Murphy branch. The last paragraph about the branch's importance may be a little too POV...any thoughts? - Matt Johnson, Waynesville, NC (NCMattJ) Aug. 11, 2006 15:09 EDT. (20:09 UTC)

I live near bryson city and have some pics of the R/R at Balsam(early 1900's?) and also have info to add from local's. I will try to provide you some help Matt. Thomas "Trip" Carswell, Needmore-Swain County 21-nov-2010 (talk) 20:41, 21 November 2010 (UTC)