Clover Branch Trestle


I’m looking southeast down Highway 38.  Days Creek is on the right, under the extended part of this deck girder that once served the old Clover Branch of the Clinchfield Railroad.  The date plate is right about where that white spot is (the white is paint that covered over whomever Danny C loved at one time).  This is a Virginia Bridge & Iron structure made in Roanoke in 1948.  Holmes Mill is about .64 mile down this road.  There’s a currently out-of-use coal sorting plant behind me.  If I had backed up a little bit and turned around to take a shot, you’d see two conveyors coming down to the plant. You can see it on Google Earth 36.87884, -83.01097.

4 thoughts on “Clover Branch Trestle

  1. Ronnie Oplinger December 24, 2015 / 9:21 am

    This pic of a CC&O trestle on the Clover Branch is some how incorrect. I am a ret Condr off the L&N and the Clover Fork Branch is in Harlan County. Your info says that Holmes Mill Ky is .064 mile from this. Holmes Mill is also in Harlan county and on the Clover Fork Branch. This is all L&N trackage. I am not sure if your pic got in the wrong info pile or if the pic was taken on the L&N. Let me know what you think.

    • Bob Lawrence December 24, 2015 / 12:55 pm

      Thank you for your comment. This line goes back east along the Clover Branch of the Cumberland River (we’re in Harlan County) up to Louder Creek and then to the now closed Jericoal facility. These were deep mines started in 1946 by an outfit out of Coeburn. This branch line hauled coal out of these mines.
      I thank you for your work on the line and I hope you are well and happy for this Christmas.

      • Harry Meador October 8, 2019 / 4:30 pm

        Bob, This line in Clover Fork was originally L&N, later Seaboard Coast Line, then CSX, but never CC&O. The plant behind you that says Jericoal was originally built in 1959 by Stonega Coke and Coal Company and designed by engineer Ned Dress. The mines and plant were called Glenbrook and were named after Glenbrook Farm near Philadelphia and belonging to the Leisenring family, owners of Stonega Coke and Coal. Stonega had started mining here from Keokee, VA via a tunnel through the mountain about 1946. Their local offices were in Big Stone Gap, VA My grandfather participated in the original development and my father participated in the later installation of the preparation plant, both working for Stonega Coke and Coal Company..——- Harry

      • Bob Lawrence October 9, 2019 / 4:28 pm

        Wow! Thank you very much for the information!

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