- Kingsport Subdivision
The Kingsport Subdivision (also KP Subdivision) is a 133.2-mile (214.4 km)
railroadline owned and operated by CSX Transportationin the U.S. states of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. Running from Elkhorn City, Kentuckysouth to Erwin, Tennessee, [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20030120052900/www.trainweb.org/csxtimetables/Appalachian/KP.html CSX Timetables: KP Subdivision] ] it forms the north half of the former Clinchfield Railroad; the south half, from Erwin to Spartanburg, South Carolina, is now the Blue Ridge Subdivision. From Elkhorn City, the line continues north as the Big Sandy Subdivisionto Catlettsburg, Kentuckyon the Ohio River; trains can then continue to Ohioand other Midwestpoints. From Spartanburg, trains can continue to Georgia, Florida, or other Southeast states.
The line begins at
Elkhorn City, Kentucky, at the south end of the Big Sandy Subdivision. It continues southeast alongside the Russell Forkof the Big Sandy Riverthrough Breaks Interstate Parkto Haysi, Virginia. The line uses the valley of the McClure Riverfrom Haysi to Nora and McClure Creekfrom Nora to Trammel. Between Trammel and Dante, the line crosses under the Sandy Ridge ( Tennessee Valley Divide) using the Sandy Ridge Tunnel.
At Dante, the line follows
Lick Creeksoutherly to St. Paul, where it interchanges with the Norfolk Southern Railway(NS) Clinch Valley Division. Then it heads southwesterly along the Clinch Riverto Speers Ferry, heading south through Clinch Mountainin the Clinch Mountain Tunnelto Kermit. From Kermit east-southeasterly to the Tennesseestate line, the railroad generally heads cross-country and alongside small creeks, most notably Possum Creek.
After crossing into Tennessee, the line crosses the NS
Appalachia Divisionat Frisco. This junction allows CSX trains to use NS trackage rightsto reach their Cumberland Valley Subdivisionat Big Stone Gap, Virginiaand NS trains to use CSX trackage between Frisco and St. Paul. The Kingsport Subdivision continues southeast from Frisco, picking up the valley of the North Fork Holston Riverand then the South Fork Holston Riverinto downtown Kingsport. The line continues generally southeasterly through the South Fork valley, but also cross-country, to Johnson City. Then it heads south-southeast to Okolona and south-southwesterly near Buffalo Creek to Unicoi and North Indian Creekto its end at Erwin, where the Blue Ridge Subdivisioncontinues.
USGS topographic maps
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