Even though the Shenandoah Valley Railroad is a relatively new name in transportation in the Shenandoah Valley, this railroad has actually been an important part of the Harrisonburg-Staunton area history and progress for a long time. Established in 1993 when the Greater Shenandoah Valley Development Corporation purchased the 20-mile line from Norfolk Southern, the rail line has been in existence for more than 100 years. The line began as the Valley Railroad Company of Virginia with Robert E. Lee serving as its first president. The first train traveled from Pleasant Valley, just south of Harrisonburg, to Staunton on March 18, 1874. The line is currently operated by the Durbin-Greenbrier Valley Railroad and continues the tradition of being an important transportation link in Virginia's historic Shenandoah Valley.
The SVRR offers access to the two Class 1 railroads serving the eastern United States. The railroad runs between the Norfolk Southern at Pleasant Valley and Buckingham Branch Railroad at Staunton which provides access to both Norfolk Southern and CSXT. With this unique advantage of connecting to two major railroads and its close proximity to both Interstate 81 and Interstate 64, the SVRR makes the Harrisonburg-Staunton area a smart and strategic location for transportation-conscious businesses and industries.