Willard Formyduval bought the Aberdeen and Briar Patch Railroad in 1983. Allison Francis Page and his two brothers built the railroad line in 1879 to haul timber from the forests to their mill. The original railroad line created the town of Briscoe, and its short-lived passenger business bloomed in the early 1900s. Now, the line goes from Aberdeen to Pinehurst, West End, Candor, and Briscoe, offering freight service to businesses in outlying communities. The A & BP's first run, in 1984, was met with skepticism, but, after two years, it is a thirty-four-mile railroad, serving fourteen businesses. Thanks to a 1985 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration, it is in the middle of a $1.2 million rehabilitation project.