North Carolina Railroads - Passenger & Freight Lines

Name of Known Railroads Within North Carolina

AAR Reporting Mark

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Construction Complete

Original Length

Year Service Ended

Original Route Starting Point

Original Route Ending Point

Notes
Aberdeen & Asheboro Railroad   1897 1899 ~13 mi 1911 Troy, NC Mt. Gilead, NC Built first line in 1899, second line in 1911. Acquired by the Raleigh, Charlotte & Southern Railroad in 1911 (set up by Norfolk Southern).
Candor, NC Ellerbe, NC
Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad AR 1892  1892 27 mi Still Ops Aberdeen, NC Rockfish, NC Still operational as of June 2018.
Aberdeen & Star Railroad   1887 1888 33 mi 1889 Aberdeen, NC Star, NC Logging line primarily. Re-organized in 1889 as the Aberdeen & West End Railroad.
Aberdeen & West End Railroad   1889 1897 38 mi 1897 Aberdeen, NC Troy, NC Extended the existing line from Star to Troy in 1897. Merged into Aberdeen & Asheboro Railroad in 1897.
Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railway   1987 - 160 mi   Gulf, NC Charlotte, NC Purchased from Norfolk Southern in 1987.
Aberdeen, NC Charlotte, NC
Albemarle & Pantego Railroad   1887  1887 38 mi 1891 Mackeys Ferry Pantego, NC Originally owned by Roper Lumber Company. 1891, acquired by Norfolk & Southern Railroad.
Albemarle & Raleigh Railroad   1883 1882 31 mi 1900 Tarboro, NC Williamston, NC Was the Seaboard & Raleigh Rail Road. Owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.  Merged into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1900.
Air Line Railroad of South Carolina 1856 1873 244 mi 1870 Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC 1870, merged with the Georgia Air Line Railroad to form the Atlanta & Richmond Air Line Railway. Completed in 1873. Bankrupt. 1877, re-organized as the Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Railway.
Alexander Railroad ARC 1946 1946 20 mi   Statesville, NC Taylorsville, NC Acquired by local interests from Southern Railway.
Alma & Little Rock Railroad   1881 1883 16 mi 1889 Alma, NC Plain View, NC 1899, renamed to the Maxton, Alma & Rowland Rail Road.
Appalachian Railway     1908 10 mi 1935 Ela, NC Ocona Lufty, NC  
Asheboro & Montgomery Railroad   1896  1896 25 mi 1897 Star, NC Asheboro, NC Merged into Aberdeen & Asheboro Railroad in 1897.
Asheville & Craggy Mountain Railroad   1889 1906 7 mi 1970s Asheville, NC Craggy Mountain, NC Acquired by Southern Railway in 1906.
Asheville & Southern Railroad       5 mi 1906 Asheville, NC ? Acquired by Southern Railway in 1906. 
Asheville & Spartanburg Railroad   1881 1886 42 mi  1894 Asheville, NC Spartanburg, SC Was the Spartanburg & Asheville Railroad, it was managed by the Richmond & Danville Railroad, which was ultimately renamed the Southern Railway.
Asheville & Tennessee Railroad   Never Never   Never in Ops Asheville, NC NC/TN Line Proposed route found on 1917 map. Never built. aka Asheville & Northern Railroad.
Asheville Loop Line Railroad   1906 1906   1906 Asheville, NC Asheville, NC Inter-city loop line from the Golf Club to the River.  Acquired by the Asheville Rapid Transit Railroad later same year.
Asheville Rapid Transit Railroad   1906     Unknown Asheville, NC Asheville, NC Bought out the Asheville Loop Line and expanded it.
Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Railway   1877 1873 48 mi 1894 Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Was the Atlanta & Richmond Air Line Railway.  Merged into the Southern Railway in 1894.
Atlanta & Richmond Air Line Railway   1870 1873 53 mi 1874 Atlanta, GA Richmond, VA A merger of the Air Line Railroad and the Georgia Air Line Railroad (never laid any tracks) - owned by the Richmond & Danville Railroad.  Built 53 miles north from Atlanta. In Bankruptcy in 1874, reorganized as the Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Railway in 1877.
Atlanta, Knoxville & Northern Railroad   1896 1896 13 1905 Atlanta, GA Knoxville, TN Was the Marietta & North Georgia Railroad, and purchased in 1905 by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.
Atlantic & Carolina Railroad     <1920 23 mi <1980 Warsaw, NC Chinquepin, NC Not much info available.
Atlantic & Danville Railroad A&D  1882  1890 26 mi  1962 Milton, NC Dennison, VA 1899, leased by Southern Railway. 1962, acquired by the Norfolk, Franklin & Danville Railroad.
Atlantic & East Carolina Railway AEC 1939 1939 95 mi 1958 Goldsboro, NC New Bern, NC When launched, used existing tracks leased from the older Atlantic & North Carolina Railroad, which was in dire financial conditions. 1958 became subsidiary of Southern Railway.
Atlantic & North Carolina Railroad   1852 1858 96 mi 1989 Goldsboro, NC Beaufort, NC 1869, acquired by North Carolina Railroad Company. Leased by Norfolk & Southern in 1904, which defaulted in 1932. Newly-created Atlantic & East Carolina Railway leased this line in 1939. Merged into the North Carolina Railroad in 1989.
Atlantic & Western Railroad   1899 1904 22 mi 1961 Sanford, NC Lillington, NC Sanford towards Broadway still in service.
Atlantic & Yadkin Railway   1899 1900 327 mi 1950 Mt. Airy, NC
Sanford, NC
Sanford, NC
Wilmington, NC
Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad sold at auction to Southern Railway in 1899, split up and set up a portion as the Atlantic & Yadkin Railway. Southern half sold to Atlantic Coast Line. As separate company, the northern half was dissolved in 1950 and absorbed into the Winston-Salem division of Southern Railways. Most of the railroad was later abandoned, but from Mt. Airy to Rural Hall is still intact and merged into the Yadkin Valley Railroad.
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad ACL 1889 1889 Many lines 1967 Many Towns Many Towns Owners of the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad purchased the Wilmington & Manchester Railroad after the Civil War and they reorganized it as the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.  In 1871, they began marketing their two lines as the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.  Incorporated in 1889. Able to cross state lines, the companies of this name in VA, NC, and SC finally merged in 1900.  Merged with Seaboard Air Lines in 1967 to form Seaboard Coast Line.
Atlantic, Tennessee & Ohio Railroad   1855  1863 45 mi 1894 Charlotte, NC Statesville. NC Charlotte to Davidson opened 1861.  Davidson to Statesville opened 1863.  Destroyed in Civil War.  Rebuilt and reopened along entire line in 1871. In 1881 leased by the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad. 1894, purchased by Southern Railway.
Beaufort & Morehead Railroad BMH 1937 1937 3.1 mi 1990 Morehead City, NC Radio Island, NC Acquired line from Southern Railway in 1937.  Sold property to North Carolina Ports Railway Commission, who leased it to Morehead & Southfork Railroad in 1990.
Beaufort & Western Railroad     1905   1906 Beaufort, NC Morehead City, NC Acquired by Norfolk & Southern Railway (first) in 1906.
Bee Tree Lumber Company and Railroad     1912   1916 Swannanoa, NC Bee Tree, NC Flood destoyed the Bee Tree Mill in 1916.
Black Mountain Railway   1883  1913 23 mi 1951 Kona, NC Eskota, NC Original charter of 3/2/1883 described a route from Henry in McDowell County to the top of Mount Mitchell. Owned by the Clinchfield Railroad after private ownership of a couple of years.  Sold to local interests in 1951 and renamed the Yancey Railroad in 1955.
Blue Ridge & Atlantic Railroad   1887 Never 21 mi 1892 Savannah, GA Knoxville, TN First action was to purchase the line from Cornelia to Tallulah Falls (21 mi) from Northeastern Railroad of Georgia.  In bankruptcy by 1892, was re-incorporated as the Tallulah Falls Railway in 1897.  NC portion not built under BR&A - built under Tallulah Falls Railway - see below.
Buffalo & Snowbird Railroad   1920s  1920s   1978 Several Logging Camps in Graham Co., NC  Robbinsville, NC Used Graham County RR's equipment on B&S lines.
Caldwell & Northern Railroad   1893 1893 23.5 mi 1910 Lenoir, NC Edgemont, NC Was the Lower Creek & Linville Valley Transportation Company. Owned by Caldwell Land & Lumber Company. 1910, merged into the Carolina & Northwestern Railway.
Caldwell County Railroad   1994   22.1 mi   Lenoir, NC Hickory, NC Purchased from Norfolk Southern by the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission in 1994.
Camp LeJeune Railroad CPLJ     30 mi 1999  Havelock, NC Camp Lejeune, NC Wholly owned subsidiary of Norfolk Southern Railway.  Very little info available.
Cape Fear & Northern Railway   1891 1899 36 mi  1905 Durham, NC Dunn, NC 1905, changed name to the Durham & Southern Railroad. 
Cape Fear & Yadkin Rail Road   1832 - - - Fayetteville, NC Yadkin Valley Company formed, but never had enough funds to move forward.  Project abandoned primarily because those in the western section would not put up any money.
Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railway   1879 1884 327 mi 1899 Wilmington, NC
Sanford, NC
Mt. Airy, NC
Sanford, NC
Mt. Airy, NC
Ore Knob, NC
In 1879 merger of the Western Railroad with the Mt. Airy & Ore Knob Railroad, this merger was reorganized as the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railway.  In 1881, it purchased the Fayetteville & Florence Railroad. Made agreement with South Carolina Pacific Railroad to meet at State Line and go on to Bennettsville, completed by late 1884. 1899, it was sold to create the Atlantic & Yadkin Railway - the nothern half going to Southern Railway, and the southern half going to Atlantic Coast Line.
Cape Fear Railway CF   ~1926     Fort Bragg, NC Skibo, NC Owned by the US Army at Ft. Bragg. Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad connected to it in 1926.
Carolina & Georgia Railroad   1919 1919   1922 Andrews, NC Hayesville, NC Reorganized as Tennessee & North Carolina Railroad (#2) in 1922, when it acquired the Hiwassee Valley Railroad.
Carolina & Northwestern Railway C&NW 1895 1895  72 mi 1938 NC/SC State Line Lenoir, NC 1897, merged in the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Guage Railroad.  This new railway gained control of the Caldwell & Northern Railroad in 1905 and it was merged into the Carolina & Northwestern Railway in 1910.  Went bankrupt in 1938.  Absorbed by Southern Railway (when?).  (Assume 1940)
Carolina & Yadkin River Railroad   1913  1914   1923 High Point, NC High Rock, NC Reorganize as the High Point, Thomasville & Denton Railroad.
Carolina Central Railroad   1880 1873 273 mi 1892 Wilmington, NC Rutherfordton, NC Was the Carolina Central Railway. Acquired by Seaboard Air Line Railway c.1890.
Carolina Central Railway   1873 1873 240 mi 1876 Wilmington, NC Rutherfordton, NC Was the Wilmington, Charlotte & Rutherford Railroad. Bankrupt in 1876, reorganized in 1880 as the Carolina Central Railroad.
Carolina Coastal Railway CLNA  1989 1907 17 mi   Pinetown, NC Belhaven, NC Leased tracks from Norfolk Southern Railway.  This line was built in 1907 by Norfolk Southern.
Carolina Narrow Gauge Railroad   1872     1873     NC only. 1873, merged into the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad.  Minutes of company exist from 1872 to 1899.
Carolina Northern Railroad   1899 1900 40 mi 1905 Lumberton, NC Marion, SC 1902 - In receivership by December. 1905 - Re-organized as the Raleigh & Charleston Railroad.
Carolina Railroad   1872 Never   1874 Lenoir, NC Chester, SC Merged with Chester & Lenoir Narrow Guage Railroad in 1874 during construction. 
Carolina Southern Railroad   1995   76.5 mi   Whiteville, NC Mullins, SC Purchased two lines from CSX in 1995.
Chadbourn, NC Conway, SC
Carolina Southern Railway   1927 1927  22 mi 1980s Windsor, NC Ahoskie, NC Was the Wellington & Powellsville Railroad. Freight only
Carolina, Atlantic & Western Railroad   1914     1915     Acquired the Georgetown & Western Railroad in 1915. Absorbed by Seaboard Air Line later in 1915.  Also acquired the North & South Carolina Railway in 1914.  Built line from Andrews to Charleston in 1915.  Also took control of the Charlotte, Monroe & Columbia Railroad in 1915 (McBee to Jefferson).  In 1918 (as Seaboard Air Line) built a line from Charleston to Savannah to serve as an alternate route between those cities.
Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad   1908   42 mi 1924 NC/TN Line Marion, NC Was the South & Western Railroad, changed its name in 1924 to the Clinchfield Railroad Corporation.
Marion, NC Spartanburg, SC
Carolina, Glen Anna & Pee Dee Railway   1905 1906 20 mi 1907 Thomasville, NC Denton, SC 1907, became the Carolina Valley Railway.
Carthage Railroad   1885 1886 19 mi 1920 Carthage, NC Cameron, NC 1920 - acquired by the Randolph & Cumberland Railway.
Carthage & Pinehurst Railroad     1907   1922 Carthage, NC Pinehurst, NC Operated by Aberdeen & Asheboro Railroad in 1907.  Lease transferred to Norfolk Southern in 1913.  Abandoned in 1922.
Cashie & Roanoke Railroad   1885 1886 30 1894 Windsor, NC Powellsville, NC 1894, acquired by the Wellington & Powellsville Railroad.
Champion Fibre Company Railroad         1941 Junction, NC Bear Pen, NC 3 locations in NC.
Chapel Hill Iron Mountain Railroad   1873 1881 10 mi 1879 University Station UNC-Chapel Hill 1879, renamed to the State University Railroad.
Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad   1885 1891 64 mi 1896 Marion, NC NC/SC State Line 1893, in receivership. 1896 sold to Ohio River & Charleston Railroad, which reorganized in 1899 as the South Carolina & Georgia Extension Railroad. 1902, re-organized as the South & Western Railroad.
Charlotte & Columbia Railroad   1846 1852 11 mi  1846 Charlotte, NC Columbia, SC 1846 renamed to the Charlotte & South Carolina Railroad.
Charlotte & South Carolina Railroad   1846 1852 11 mi 1869 Charlotte, NC Columbia, SC 1869, became the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad; 1878, acquired by Richmond & Danville Railroad; 1894, acquired by Southern Railway.
Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad   1869 1869 11 mi 1894 Charlotte, NC Augusta, GA 1869, merger of the Charlotte & South Carolina Railroad and the Columbia & Augusta Railroad in 1869. Part of the Richmond & Danville Railroad from 1878 to 1894, when it was acquired by Southern Railway.
Chatham Railroad   1855 1870 45 mi  1871 Raleigh, NC Gulf, NC 1871, renamed to the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad.  Intersected with the Western Railroad near Jonesboro.
Cheraw & Coal Fields Railroad   1857 1867 14 mi 1868 Cheraw, SC Wadesboro, NC 1868, name changed to the Cheraw & Salisbury Railroad.
Cheraw & Darlington Railroad   1849 1853 14 mi  1898 Cheraw, SC Wadesboro, NC 1849, chartered in South Carolina. 1897, acquired by Atlantic Coast Line of SC. Abandoned in 1970s.
Cheraw & Salisbury Railroad   1868 1867 14 mi 1892 Cheraw, SC Wadesboro, NC Was the Cheraw & Coal Fields Railroad. 1892, acquired by the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad, a South Carolina company. 1897, acquired by ACL of SC. Abandoned in 1970s.
Chesapeake & Albemarle Railroad CA  1990       Chesapeake, VA Edenton, NC 1990, leased line from Norfolk Southern.
Chester & Lenoir Narrow Guage Railroad   1873 1884 62 mi  1897 Chester, SC Lenoir, NC Merged with the Carolina Railroad in 1873. Re-organized in 1897 as the Carolina & North-Western Railway
Chowan & Aulander Railroad   1893 1902 24 mi 1910 Harrellsville, NC Aulander, NC Primarily a logging line.
Chowan & Southern Railroad   1886 Never - Never Suffolk, VA Tarboro, NC Renamed as the Norfolk & Carolina Railroad during construction.
Cincinnati, Cumberland Gap & Charleston Railroad     1867   ~1883 Cincinnati, OH Charleston, SC Acquired by the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad Company (when?) (~1883)
Cliffside Railroad CLIF 1905 1905 3.7 mi 1980s Cliffside Junction Cliffside, NC 1992, formally abandoned.
Clinchfield Railroad CRR 1924 1909   1980s Marion, NC Spartanburg, SC Originally chartered as the Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad. 1893 sold by bond-holders to the Ohio River & Charleston Railroad, which reorganized in 1902 as the South & Western Railroad, and in 1908 changed its name to the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad. In 1924 it again reorganized with the final name of the Clinchfield Railroad Corporation.  Ultimately bought by CSX Transporation Corporation (when?).  Assume 1980s.
Shelby, NC Camden, SC
Edgefield, SC Aiken, SC
Clinton & Faison Railroad   1881 1885 15 mi 1885 Clinton, NC Faison, NC Owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad. 1885, renamed to the Clinton & Warsaw Rail Road, with authority to change the planned terminus from Faison to Warsaw.
Clinton & Warsaw Railroad   1885 1887 13 mi 1900 Clinton, NC Warsaw, NC Was the Clinton & Faison RR. Owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad. Merged into Atlantic Coast Line by 1900.
Clinton Terminal Railroad   1995 1994 3.5 mi   Clinton, NC Clinton, NC Originated in 1994 as Waccamaw Coast Line.
CSX Transportation, Inc. CSXT 1986           Renaming of Seaboard Coast Line Railroad when it merged with Chessie System Railroad.
Damascus Lumber Company Railroad     1905   1940s Laurel Bloomery, TN Hemlock, NC Only used as a logging line.
Dan Valley & Yadkin River Railroad   1879 1880 - 1880 Unknown Unknown 1880, consolidated with the Winston-Salem & Madison Railroad and the Winston-Salem & Mooresville Railroad to become the North Carolina Midland Railroad
Dan Valley & Yadkin River Narrow Gauge Railroad   1880  1883 1883 Unknown Unknown 1883, merged into the North Carolina Midland Railroad.
Danville & New River Railroad   1873  1881 8 mi 1891 Danville, VA Leaksville, NC 1891, acquired by the Richmond & Danville RR, renamed as the Danville & Western Railway. 
Danville & Western Railway   1891 1891 8 mi TBD Danville, VA Leaksville, NC 1891, leased by Richmond & Danville Railroad. 1894, leased by Southern Railway. 1903, back as an independent railway.
Danville, Mocksville & Southwestern Railroad   1880 1882 8 mi 1899 Danville, VA Leaksville, NC 1885, in receivership - operated by the Danville & Western Railway. 1899, purchased by the Danville & Western Railway.
Deep Gap Tie & Lumber Company     <1916 5 mi 1940s Deep Gap, NC Fleetwood, NC Logging line from Watauga Co. to Ashe Co.
Dismal Swamp Railroad   1899 1899 8 mi 1941 Dismal Swamp Dismal Swamp Grustavus Milhiser, T. K. Parrish and C. R. Johnson corporators. They acquired the assets of the Norfolk & Camden RR at auction on October 12, 1898.
Dover & Southbound Railroad   1905 1905 24 mi 1930 Dover, NC Richlands, NC Little more known as of now.
Dunn & Erwin Railroad       5.6 mi 1976 Dunn, NC Erwin, NC Owned by the Durham & Southern Railway. Acquired by Seaboard Coast Line in 1976.  Acquired by the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad in 1987.
Durham & Charlotte Railroad   1893 1896 41 mi 1911 Glendon, NC,
Glendon, NC,
Gulf, NC
Gulf, NC,
Star, NC,
Cumnock, NC
Acquired the Glendon & Gulf Railroad in 1896. Acquired by Raleigh, Charlotte & Southern Railroad in 1911 (set up by Norfolk Southern).  Built Glendon to Star line in 1900.  Built Gulf to Cumnock line in 1910.
Durham & Northern Railway   1887 1889 41 mi 1900 Durham, NC Henderson, NC 1901, acquired by Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Durham & Roxboro Railroad   1885 Never Unknown 1887 Durham, NC Roxboro, NC 1887, consolidated with the Roxboro Railroad to become the Lynchburg & Durham Railroad.
Durham & South Carolina Railroad   1905 1905 31 mi 1957 Durham, NC Moncure, NC Began as New Hope Valley Railroad.  In 1920, leased to Norfolk Southern Railroad for 99 years.  Purchased by NS in 1957.
Durham & Southern Railroad   1905 1905 59 mi 1979 Durham, NC Dunn, NC Launched by B.N. Duke as the Cape Fear & Northern Railway, changed name when opened in 1905. Acquired by Seaboard Coast Line in 1979.
East Carolina Land & Railway Company   1887 1891 31 mi 1891 Trent River,
Jones County
New River,
Onslow County
In 1891, acquired by the Wilmington, Onslow & East Carolina Railroad. 1894, became the Wilmington, Newbern & Norfolk Railroad Company.
East Carolina Railway/Railroad   1889  1900 26 mi 1965 Tarboro, NC Farmville, NC Extended to Hookerton before 1917.
East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad   1866 1881 3 mi in NC 1950 Johnson City, TN Cranberry, NC Owned by the Cranberry Iron & Coal Company.  Affectionately called the "Tweetsie RR."  NC construction completed between 1880-1881.
East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad/Railway   1869 1891 309 mi 1894 Salisbury, NC
Asheville, NC 
Murphy, NC
NC/TN Line
Originally chartered in Tennessee in 1869 as a consolidation of the East Tennessee & Georgia Railroad and the East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad. 1894 became part of Southern Railway.
Edenton & Norfolk Railway   1888 1888 34 mi 1889 VA/NC State Line Edenton, NC 1889, consolidated into the Suffolk & Carolina Railway.
Egypt Railway   1890 1891 8 mi 1907 Colon, NC Cumnock, NC 1893, leased to the Raleigh & Western Railroad. 1907, entered receivership. 1910, reorganized as the Sanford & Troy Railroad. 
Elizabeth City & Norfolk Railroad   1870 1881 52 mi 1883 VA/NC State Line Edenton, NC 1883, named changed to Norfolk Southern Railroad (first with that name). In receivership in 1889, re-emerged in 1891 as Norfolk & Southern Railroad #1, and also acquired the Albemarle & Pantego Railroad.
Elizabeth City & Western Railroad   1899 Never 0 1902 Norfolk & Carolina Railroad Elizabeth City, NC 1902, acquired by the Suffolk & Carolina Railway. Ultimately pulled into the Norfolk & Southern Railway.
Elkin & Alleghany Railroad     1911 18 mi 1931 Elkin, NC Thurmond, NC Only 18 miles of track laid by convicts, ending at Veneer, NC
Fayetteville & Florence Railroad   1875 Never 0 Never Fayetteville, NC Florence, SC First owned by Wilmington & Weldon Railroad. Acquired by the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad in 1881.  Survey and Layout done, but no track laid under this name. Built from Fayetteville to Bennettsville, SC by 1884 under the name of Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railway.  aka Florence Railroad.
Fayetteville Cutoff    1885 1892  50 mi 1900 Fayetteville, NC Pee Dee, SC Built by Atlantic Coast line, which owned the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad in 1894, owner of the South Carolina & Pacific Railroad (complete 1884). Wilson-Fayetteville completed in 1886 (see below).  Fayetteville-Florence completed in 1892.  Partially abandoned in 1899 - Fayetteville to Parkton - rest intact for 60 years.  Merged into Atlantic Coast line before 1900.
Franklin & Carolina Railroad   1944 1944   1958 Franklin Junction Lake Drummond Sold to Atlantic Coast Line in 1958.  Abandoned 1972.
Georgia & North Carolina Railroad   1871 1887 13 mi 1887 Marietta, GA Murphy, NC In 1887, merged into the Marietta & North Georgia Railroad.
Georgia, Carolina & Northern Railway   1886 1888 14 mi 1900 Monroe, NC NC/SC State Line 1886 - chartered in SC. 1887 - chartered in NC.1890, considered part of the new Seaboard Air Line system. 1899, merged into the Raleigh & Gaston RR. 1900 merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Glendon & Gulf Railroad   1891  1893 22 mi 1896 Glendon, NC Gulf, NC 1896 - Sold to the Durham & Charlotte Railroad.
Goldsboro Lumber & Railroad Company     <1910 36 mi 1940s Dover, NC Richlands, NC  
Graham County Railroad   1905 1925   1978 Topton, NC Robbinsville, NC Flood ruined first locomotive and caused major delays.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad   1988 1892 116 mi   Andrews, NC Dillsboro, NC Was the Murphy Branch of the Western North Carolina Railroad until purchased in 1988.
Greensville & Roanoke Railroad   1835 1840 11 mi 1852 Emporia, VA Gaston, NC Operated by the Petersburg Railroad until it was merged into the PRR in 1852.
Greenville & French Broad Railroad   1855 Never 0 Never Greenville, SC Asheville, NC Due to increasing costs and the Civil War, this railroad was never completed in this name. 1874, this RR was merged into the Spartanburg & Asheville Rail Road.
Gulf & Ohio Railways   1985 1985 - 1985 - - Owns the following railroads within NC - Laurinburg & Southern Railroad, Morehead & Southfork Railroad, Nash County Railroad, and the Yadkin Valley Railroad.
Gumberry & Jackson Railroad   1887 1893 9 mi 1894 Gumberry, NC Jackson, NC 1894, acquired by the Northampton & Hertford Railroad.
Halifax & Weldon Railroad   1834 1836 8 mi 1875 Halifax, NC Weldon, NC Bought by the Wilmington & Raleigh (Weldon) Railroad in 1837, but retained its own name until 1875.
Hendersonville & Brevard Railroad   1891  1894 22 mi 1897 Hendersonville, NC Brevard, NC Went into receivership in 1897, bought by J.F. Hays and reorganized as the Transylvania Railroad Company in 1899.
High Point & Randleman Railroad   1883 Never - 1887 High Point, NC Asheboro, NC 1887, name changed to the High Point, Randleman, Asheboro & Southern Railroad.
High Point, Randleman, Asheboro & Southern Railroad   1887  1889 27 mi 1894 High Point, NC Asheboro, NC 1883, began as the High Point & Randleman Rail Road. 1887, name
changed. 1894 - Acquired by Southern Railway.
High Point, Thomasville & Denton Railroad HPTD 1923 1924 34 mi   High Point, NC High Rock, NC Acquired by Winston-Salem Southbound Railroad in 1960, which is jointly owned by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway. Was the Carolina & Yadkin River Railroad.
Hiwassee Valley Railroad   1913 ~1915 35 mi 1919 Andrews, NC Hayesville, NC Acquired by the Carolina & Georgia Railroad in 1919.
Jackson Springs Railroad   1901  1901 4 mi 1907 Jackson Springs, NC West End, NC In 1907 was merged into Aberdeen & Asheboro Railroad.
Jamesville & Washington Railroad   1869 1877 23 mi 1896 Jamesville, NC Washington, NC 1893, part of the line was abandoned. 1896, the entire line was abandoned.
Kinston & Carolina Railroad     <1906 18 mi 1940s Kinston, NC Pinkhill, NC Owned by Rowland Lumber Company
Kitchen Lumber Company Railroad     1920s 15 mi 1930s - - Logging lines in Swain County and Graham County.
Laurel River & Hot Springs Railroad   1892 Never 2.5 mi Never in Ops Hot Springs, NC Laurelton, NC Never completed, too costly
Laurinburg & Southern Railroad LRS 1909 1909 30 mi   Lauringburg, NC Fontcol, NC Extended northward to Raeford and southward to Johns after 1917. Now owned by the Gulf & Ohio Railroad.
Lawndale Railroad   1899 1899 9 mi 1943 Shelby, NC Lawndale, NC Owned by Cleveland Cotton Mills.
Linville River Railroad / Railway   1896 1899 13 mi 1913 Cranberry, NC Saginaw, NC Purchased by the ET&WNC in 1913.
Louisburg Railroad   1881 1885 10 mi 1885 Franklinton, NC Louisburg, NC Leased by the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad in 1885.
Louisville & Nashville Railroad LN 1850 1859  180 mi 1982 Louisville, KY Nashville, TN In 1905, acquired the Atlanta, Knoxville & Northern Railroad.  1982, merged into the Seaboad Systems Railroad. 1986, merged into CSX.
Lower Creek & Linville Valley Railroad   1891 1893 11 mi 1893 Lenoir, NC Collettsville, NC 1893, named changed to the Caldwell & Northern Railroad.
Lynchburg & Durham Railroad   1887  1890 43 mi 1998 VA/NC State Line Durham, NC The merger of the Roxboro RR and the Durham & Roxboro RR. Leased by the Norfolk & Western Railroad in 1892, but retained its line name. 1896, Norfolk, Lynchburg & Durham RR.
Madison County Railroad     1910   1930 Stackhouse, NC Roaring Fork, TN -
Marietta & North Georgia Railroad   1887 1887 13 mi 1896 GA/NC State Line Murphy, NC Originally named the Georgia & North Carolina Railroad. In 1896, the name was changed to the Atlanta, Knoxville & Northern Railroad.  It was purchased in 1902 by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, to which it has been referred since then. Open sections now operated by Georgia Northeastern Railroad, and by CSX Transporation. Complete to Murphy, NC in 1887.
Maxton, Alma & Rowland Railroad   1889 1890  16 mi 1893 Alma, NC Rowland, NC Was the Alma & Little Rock Railroad.  1893 - entire line abandoned.
Midland North Carolina Railway   1873 1883  22 mi  1883 Goldsboro, NC  Smithfield, NC 1881-1883, leased the Atlantic & North Carolina Railroad. 1883, in receivership. 1885, acquired by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.
Milton & Sutherlin Narrow Gauge Railroad   1877 1878 2 mi in NC  1894 Milton, NC Sutherlin, VA Part of the Richmond & Danville RR system. No longer operational after September 6, 1894.
Moore Central Railroad     <1892   <1920 Carthage, NC Cameron, NC Part of Norfolk & Southern Railways before 1920.
Moore County Railroad   1892 1893 12.5 mi 1901 Aberdeen, NC Craigrownie, NC Primarily a logging road.
Morehead & Southfork Railroad MHSF  1985 1985 2 mi   Morehead City, NC Radio Island, NC Owned by Gulf & Ohio Railroad.
Mt. Airy & Eastern Railroad   1899 1900 5 mi in NC 1920 Mt. Airy, NC Kibler, VA Sold under foreclosure in 1910 to Rosslyn Lumber Co. Sold again in 1915 to Sidney Bieber, who kept the original name.  Sold again in 1920 and reorganized as the Virginia & Mt. Airy Railroad, but there is no evidence that this entity ever operated the railroad.  Apparently liquidated in the 1930s. aka Mount Airy Narrow Gauge Railway.
Mt. Airy & Ore Knob Railroad   1879  ~1875 ~55 mi 1879 Mt. Airy, NC Ore Knob, NC Started as the Mt. Airy & Central Railroad, chartered in 1871. 1879, merger of the Western Railroad with the Mt. Airy & Ore Knob Railroad to become the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railway.
Mount Mitchell Railroad     1914 21 mi 1921 Black Mountain City, NC Mount Mitchell  
Murfreesboro Railroad   1885 1892 6.25 mi 1896 Murfreesboro, NC Pendleton, NC 1896, merged into the Roanoke & Tar River Railroad. 1897, entire line pulled up, no longer operationa.
Nash County Railroad NCYR  1985   19 mi   Rocky Mount, NC Spring Hope, NC Owned by Gulf & Ohio Railroad, purchased the line from CSX in 1985.
New Hanover Transit   1887 1887 8 mi Unk Wilmington, NC Carolina Beach, NC 1894, in receivership. 1895, re-organized with new owners but retained the original name.
New Holland, Higginsport & Mt. Vernon Railroad 1916 1918 35 mi 1932 Wenona, NC New Holland, NC
New Hope Valley Railroad   1904     1905 New Hill, NC Carrboro, NC Never built.  Rights sold to Durham & South Carolina Railroad in 1905.
Norfolk & Camden Railroad   1892 Unknown 8 mi 1898 VA/NC State Line Camden, NC Sold at auction on October 12, 1898 and re-organized as the Dismal Swamp Railroad.
Norfolk & Carolina Railroad   1889  1890 63 mi 1893 VA/NC State Line Tarboro, NC Was the Chowan & Southern Railroad. Merged into Atlantic Coast Line in 1893.
Norfolk & Southern Railway   1891 1891  83 mi 1910 VA/NC State Line Belhaven, NC Was the Norfolk Southern Railroad (first), in receivership in 1908 and reorganized in 1910 as the Norfolk Southern Railroad.
Norfolk & Western Railway NWAX 1896  1896 88 mi 1998 VA/NC State Line
VA/NC State Line
Durham, NC
Winston-Salem, NC
Merger of the Norfolk, Lynchburg & Durham RR and the Norfolk & Western RR into the Norfolk & Western Railway. 1998, merged into Norfolk Southern Railway.
Norfolk Southern Railway NS 1982 - - - - - 1982 merger of Southern Railway with Norfolk & Western Railroad.
Norfolk Southern Railroad (1st)   1883 1883  52 mi 1891 VA/NC State Line Edenton, NC Was the Elizabeth City & Norfolk Railroad.  Reorganized in 1883 with this name. Reorganized in 1891 as the Norfolk & Southern Railway.
Norfolk Southern Railroad (2nd)   1910 1910 14 mi 1974 Washington, NC Plymouth, NC Was the Norfolk & Southern Railway. Acquired by the Southern Railway in 1974.  Folded in the Raleigh, Charlotte & Southern Railway in 1914, which it created in 1911. Built the Raleigh to Chocowinity, the New Bern to Oriental, and the Bishop to Pinetown lines in 1910.  Abandoned the Aberdeen & Asheboro line from Biscoe to Troy in 1914.
Berkely, VA Edenton, NC
Raleigh, NC Chocowinity
New Bern, NC Oriental, NC
Bishop, NC Pinetown, NC
Aberdeen, NC Troy, NC
Star, NC Asheboro, NC
West End, NC Jackson Springs
Troy, NC Mt. Gilead, NC
Candor, NC Ellerbe, NC
Glendon, NC Gulf, NC,
Gulf, NC Cumnock, NC
Glendon, NC Star, NC
Raleigh, NC Fayetteville, NC
Mackeys, NC Belhaven, NC
Carthage, NC Pinehurst, NC
Durham, NC Moncure, NC
Carthage, NC Cameron, NC
Norfolk, Lynchburg & Durham Railroad   1896 1896 42 mi 1896 VA/NC State Line Durham, NC Was the Lynchburg & Durham Railroad. Soon after being chartered, this railroad was merged with the struggling Norfolk & Western Railroad into the newly-reorganized Norfolk & Western Railway.
Norfolk, Roanoke & Southern Railroad   1896 1896 46 mi 1896 VA/NC State Line Winston-Salem, NC Was the Roanoke & Southern Railroad. Soon after being chartered, this railroad was merged with the struggling Norfolk & Western Railroad into the newly-reorganized Norfolk & Western Railway.
Norfolk, Wilmington & Charleston Railroad   1891 Never 0 mi Never Norfolk, VA Charleston, SC Map found with projected route, dated 1891. This railroad was never built.
North & South Carolina Railroad   1899 1900 4 mi  1914 Gibson, NC Poston, SC Gibson, NC to Dillon, SC by 1909, Mullins later in 1909, to Poston by 1911. Took over line from Hamlet to Gibson by 1910. Bought by Carolina, Atlantic & Western Railroad in 1914.
North Carolina Midland Railroad   1880 1891 26.15 Still in Ops  Winston, NC Mocksville, NC Consolidation of three incomplete railroads - Dan Valley & Yadkin River Railroad, Winston, Salem & Madison Railroad, Winston, Salem & Mooresville Railroad. 1883, merged in the Dan Valley & Yadkin River Narrow Gauge Railroad. 1915, leased by Southern Railway. Now in the Norfolk Southern Railway inventory.
North Carolina Railroad   1849 1856 223 mi Still in Ops Goldsboro, NC Charlotte, NC Leased to Richmond & Danville Railroad in 1871, which went bankrupt, and re-appeared as part of Southern Railway in 1894.  Southern Railway leased NCRR for 99 years. Still retains its identity.
North Carolina & Virginia Railroad   1987     Still in Ops Boykins, VA Tunis, NC Acquired line from CSX Transportation, Inc. in 1987.
North Carolina & Western Railroad   1852 Never - Never Salisbury, NC TN/NC State Line Money raised, but never constructed. In 1854, it was declared insolvent and the NC State Legislature approved a new charter - for the Western North Carolina Railroad - in 1855 to replace this foundering entity.
Northeastern Railroad   1854     Never Athens, GA Clayton, NC Sold to Richmond & Danville Railroad during construction. Only went from Charleston to Florence, SC. No tracks in NC.
North-Western North Carolina Railroad   1868 1873 105 mi  1894 Greensboro, NC Wilkesboro, NC Sold to Richmond & Danville Railroad during construction. Retained its name. Purchased by Southern Railway in 1894.
Northampton & Hertford Railroad / Railway   1894 1894 9 mi 1908 Gumberry, NC Jackson, NC 1894, acquired the Gumberry & Jackson Railroad. 1908, in receivership.
1909, re-organized as the Northampton & Hertford Railway.
Norwood Lumber Company & Railroad   1910 1911 8 mi 1929 Forney, NC Andrews Bald  
Ocean View Railroad   1888 1888 10 mi 1891 Wilmington, NC Atlantic Station, NC 1891, acquired by the Wilmington Seacoast Railroad.
Ohio River & Charleston Railway   1896  1896  64 mi  1898 Marion, NC NC/SC State Line Was the Charleston, Cincinnati & Ohio Railroad. 1898, in foreclosure. 1899, reorganized as the South Carolina & Georgia Extension Railroad. 1902, re-organized as the South & Western Railroad.
Oxford & Clarksville Railroad O&C RR  1885 1888 20 mi 1894 Oxford, NC Clarksville, VA Merged into Southern Railway in 1894.
Oxford & Coast Line Railroad - 1891 1902 4.5 mi 1906 Oxford, NC Dickerson, NC 1906, acquired by Seaboard Air Lines and merged into system.
Oxford & Henderson Railroad   1871 1881 12 mi 1894 Oxford, NC Henderson, NC Controlled by the Richmond Terminal Company (1881-88); leased by the Richmond and Danville Railroad (1888-94); owed by the Southern Railway after 1894.
Palmetto Railroad   1882  1887 7 mi 1894 Hamlet, NC NC/SC State Line 1894, acquired by the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad, and became part of the new Seaboard Air Line system. Reorganized as the Palmetto Railway in 1895.
Pamlico, Oriental & Western Railroad   1891 1906 17 mi 1906 New Bern, NC Oriental, NC 1906, acquired by Norfolk & Southern Railroad (first).
Petersburg Railroad   1830 1833 9 mi 1899 Petersburg, VA Blakely, NC 9 miles in NC.  Blakely near Weldon. Virginia railroad. 1899, merged into Richmond & Petersburg Railroad, which was renamed to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of VA later that same year.
Piedmont & Chatham Railroad         ?     No info available.
Piedmont & Northern Railway   1914 1914 23 mi 1969 Charlotte, NC Gastonia, NC Organized by James B. Duke. Became part of Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in 1969.
24 mi Charlotte, NC Mt. Holly, NC
Piedmont Railroad   1862 1863 (late) 42 mi 1894 Danville, VA Greensboro, NC Authorized by CSA for hurry-build. The road's worth was proven when the Petersburg Railroad was cut by the Union Army in August 1864, leaving only the Piedmont - Richmond & Danville line to bring in supplies from the states south of Virginia. Considering how poorly this road was able to supply Virginia after the Petersburg Railroad was cut, it is impossible to believe that Lee could have been well-enough supplied to have been able to remain in Virginia through 1865, even if Grant had not pressured him.  Merged into Southern Railway in 1894.
Pigeon River Railroad PGRV   1900   1900 Canton, NC Sunburst, NC Owned by the Champion Fibre Company. Changed name in 1900 to Tennessee & North Carolina Railroad
Pittsboro Railroad   1885  1886 11 mi 1900 Pittsboro, NC Moncure, NC 1886, leased and managed by the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad, which became part of the new Seaboard Air Line system.  Abandoned in 1973.
Portsmouth & Roanoke Railroad   1832 1835 17 mi  1846 VA/NC State Line Weldon, NC 1846, renamed to the Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad. 
Raleigh, Charlotte & Southern Railway   1911     1913     Created by the Norfolk Southern Railroad (second), and folded into the NS line in 1913.  Made up of the Sanford and Troy Railroad, the Durham & Charlotte Railroad, the Raleigh & Southport Railway, the Aberdeen & Asheboro Railroad. 
Raleigh Experimental Railroad   1832 1833 1.5 mi ? Raleigh, NC Raleigh, NC Used to move stone for the rebuilding of the State Capitol.
Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad   1871 1877 107 mi  1900 Raleigh, NC NC/SC State Line Was Chatham Railroad until merger in 1871.  Acquired by Raleigh & Gaston Railroad in 1871. Reached NC/SC state line by 1877 and went no further south. Merged into Seaboard Air Line in 1900.
Raleigh & Cape Fear Railroad / Railway   1898 1900 30 mi 1905 Caraleigh, NC Lillington, NC Renamed Raleigh & Southport Railway in 1905.
Raleigh & Charleston Railroad   1905 1905 20 mi 1911 Lumberton, NC Marion, SC Was the Carolina Northern Railroad.  In 1911, purchased by Seaboard Air Line. Line closed in 1941 (?)
Raleigh & Eastern North Carolina Railroad   1903 1906 99 mi 1905 Washington, NC Bridgeton, NC Renamed Raleigh & Pamlico Sound Railroad in 1905. 
Raleigh, NC Zebulon, NC
Raleigh & Gaston Railroad   1835 1840 98 mi 1900 Raleigh, NC Gaston, NC Connected the towns of Gaston and Weldon in 1853. 1881, primary force behind the creation of the Seaboard Air Line system. 1900, officially merged into the Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Raleigh & Pamlico Sound Railroad   1905 1906 99 mi 1906 Raleigh, NC Washington, NC Was Raleigh & Eastern North Carolina Railroad. In 1906, built a line from Washington to Bridgeton. Also built line from Raleigh to Zebulon. Merged with Norfolk & Southern Railroad (first) in 1906.
Raleigh & Southport Railway   1905 1905 31.5 mi 1911 Caraleigh, NC Lillington, NC Was the Raleigh & Cape Fear Railway, renamed in 1905.  Acquired by Raleigh, Charlotte & Southern Railway (set up by Norfolk Southern) in 1911. Acquired by the Norfolk Southern Railway (second).
Lillington, NC Fayetteville, NC
Raleigh & Western Railroad   1892 1893 8 mi  1907 Colon, NC Cumnock, NC Articles of Incorporation September 6, 1892. 1893, leased the Egypt Railroad. 1907, in receivership.1910, re-organized as the Sanford & Troy Railroad.
Red Springs & Bowmore Railroad   1897  1897 20 mi ~1904 Red Springs, NC Bowmore, NC Primarily a logging line. Short term use for freight.
Red Springs & Northern Railroad RSNR 1960s       Parkton, NC Red Springs, NC Purchased by private interests from Seaboard.
Richmond & Danville Railroad R&D 1847 1856 140 mi 1894 Richmond, VA Danville, VA 1894, acquired by Southern Railway Company.
Richmond, Petersburg & Carolina Railroad   1897 1900 5 mi 1900 Richmond, VA Norlina, NC Was the Virginia & Carolina Railroad that was never in operations. 1900, pulled into the Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Roanoke & Southern Railway   1887 <1892 45 mi 1892 Roanoke, VA Salem, NC 1892, leased by Norfolk & Western Railroad in 1892. 1896, renamed to Norfolk, Roanoke & Southern Rail Road. 1896, merged into the Norfolk & Western Railway.
Roanoke & Tar River Railroad   1871 1888 32 mi  1911 VA/NC State Line Lewiston, NC 1911 - Merged into the Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Roanoke Valley Railroad   1851 1854 22 mi 1863 Clarksville, VA Manson, NC Track removed during Civil War to build more important RRs
Rockingham Railroad   1910  1910 18 mi 1922 Rockingham, NC Breeden, SC Acquired by Atlantic Coast Line 1922.
Roxboro Railroad   1881 Never 0 1887 Roxboro, NC TBD 1887, consolidated with the Durham & Roxboro Railroad to become the Lynchburg & Durham Railroad.
Roxboro & TBD Narrow Gauge Railroad   1879 Never 0 1881 Roxboro, NC TBD 1881, renamed to the Roxboro Railroad.
Rutherford Railway Construction Company   1883 Never 0 1887 Rutherfordton, NC TN/NC State Line 1887, merged with the Rutherfordton, Marion & Tennessee Railway into the Charleston, Cincinnatti & Chicago RR.
Rutherfordton, Marion & Tennessee Railway   1881 Never 0 1887 Rutherfordton, NC TN/NC State Line 1887, merged with the Rutherford Railway Construction Company into the Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad.
Sanford & Troy Railroad   1910 1910 8 mi 1911 Colon, NC Cumnock, NC Was the Egypt Railway. Acquired by Raleigh, Charlotte & Southern Railway (set up by Norfolk Southern) in 1911.
Scotland Neck Railroad   1878 1882 18 mi 1883 Halifax, NC Scotland Neck, NC Acquired by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad in 1883.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line before 1900.
Seaboard & Raleigh Railroad   1873 1882 31 mi 1883 Tarboro, NC Williamston, NC Original Act of 1873 authorized the purchase of the Williamston & Tarboro RR. 1883, re-organized as the Albemarle & Raleigh Rail Road. 1900 merged into Atlantic Coast Line.
Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad   1846 1846 17 mi 1873 VA/NC State Line Weldon, NC 1846, a re-organization of the Portsmouth & Roanoke Railroad
Seaboard Air Line Railway SAL 1881 1890 4,135 total 1967 - - 1881 - began as a loose affiliation of the Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad, the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad, and the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad. 1892, chartered as the Seaboard Air Line Company, a holding company in Virginia. April 10, 1900, incorporated as Seaboard Air Line Railway in VA. In 1946, renamed to Seaboard Air Line Railroad. In 1967, merged with Atlantic Coast Line Railroad to form Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, which was aquired by CSX Transportation
Seaboard Coast Line Railroad SCL 1967 1967 9,809 total 1982 - - 1982, merger of Seaboard Air Line Railway and Atlantic Coast Line.  1982, renamed Seaboard Systems Railroad when it acquired the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. In 1986, renamed to CSX Transporation, Inc.
Smithfield & Goldsborough Railroad   1881  1883 23 mi 1883 Smithfield, NC Goldsboro, NC Owned by the Midland North Carolina Railroad, in receivership in 1883, and acquired by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad in 1884 or 1885.
Snowbird Valley Railroad   1902 1908 15 mi 1917 Andrews Snow Bird Creek First in Graham County, NC.  Failed.
South & Western Railroad   1902 1902 82 mi 1908 TN/NC State Line
Huntdale, NC
Marion, NC
Huntdale, NC
Marion, NC
NC/SC State Line
Was the Ohio River & Charleston Railroad, in 1908 changed its name to the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad.
South & Western Railway   1901 1903 40 mi 1906 TN/NC Line Spruce Pine, NC 1906, re-organized as the South & Western Railroad.
South Atlantic & North Western Railroad   1886 0 ~400 mi - Southport, NC Bristol, TN Never built. Panic of 1893 helped to doom the original plan.
South Carolina & Georgia Extension Railroad   1899 1899 64 mi 1902 Marion, NC NC/SC State Line Was the Ohio River & Charleston Railroad. 1902, re-organized again as the South & Western Railroad.
Southeastern Railroad   1897 1898 44 mi 1900 Elrod, NC Chadbourn, NC Owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.  1900, merged into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Southern Railway SR  1894 1894  6,026 total 1982 - - 1894 merger of the Richmond & Danville Railroad and the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad.  1982, merged with Norfolk & Western Railway to form the Norfolk Southern Railway, as response to CSX Transportation's many mergers and growth.
Spartanburg & Asheville Railroad   1874 1878 42 mi 1881 Spartanburg, SC Asheville, NC Originally chartered in 1855 as the Greenville & French Broad Railroad, due to anticipated costs it was never started due to Civil War. Completed line from Spartanburg to NC/SC Line by 1878. Reorganized as the Asheville & Spartanburg Railroad in 1881, managed by the Richmond & Danville Railroad, which was ultimately purchased by Southern Railway.
State University Railroad   1879 1881 10 mi 1879 University Station UNC-Chapel Hill Was the Chapel Hilll Iron Mountain Railroad. 1894, leased to
Southern Railway.
Statesville & Western Railroad   1887 1887 21 mi 1894 Statesville, NC Taylorsville, NC Chartered and built in 1887. Leased to the Richmond & Danville Railroad. 1894, acquired by Southern Railway.
Suffolk & Carolina Railway   1884 1891 61 mi 1906 VA/NC State Line Edenton, NC Suffolk, VA to Sunbury, NC by 1885, to Ryland by 1887, to Edenton by 1902. Renamed to Virginia & Carolina Coast Railroad in 1906. 1906, merged into the Norfolk & Southern Railway.
Sunny Point Railroad   1950s 1955 28 mi   Leland, NC Southport, NC Owned by US Army. 
Sunset Mountain Railway   1910 1910   1913 Asheville, NC Asheville, NC Roadbed converted to automobile road.
Tallulah Falls Railway   1897 1907 58 mi 1961 Cornelia, GA Franklin, NC Chartered and originated in Georgia as the Northeastern Railroad, it was also known as the Tallulah Falls & Franklin Railroad.  Sold to Richmond & Danville Railroad during construction.  Acquired by the Blue Ridge & Atlantic Railroad in 1892, went into bankruptcy, and was incorporated as final name in 1897. Built 24 miles from Tallulah Falls, GA to Franklin, NC between 1897-1907. Closed in 1961.
(14 mi in NC)
Tennessee & North Carolina Railroad #1   1900 1902 3 mi in NC 1938 Newport Crestmont, NC Four with same name - only three in NC.
Tennessee & North Carolina Railroad #2   1922     1959 Andrews Hayesville, NC Four with same name - only three in NC.  Originated as the Carolina & Georgia Railroad in 1919, but changed name in 1922, when it acquired the Hiwassee Valley Railroad.
Tennessee & North Carolina Railroad #3   1900  1900 20 mi 1933 Canton, NC Sunburst, NC Four with same name - only three in NC.  First known as the Pigeon River Railroad.
Thermal Belt Railway   1990 1990 8.5 mi   Bostic, NC Rutherfordton, NC Former CSX and NS lines acquired in 1990 by Rutherford Railroad Development Corporation (non-profit).
Transylvania Railroad   1899 1894 41 mi 1906 Hendersonville, NC Brevard, NC Originally owned by the Hendersonville & Brevard Railroad, Telegraph & Telephone Company, was bought at auction by the Toxaway Company and line renamed to Transylvania Railroad in 1899.  Sold to Southern Railway in 1906.
Tuckasegee & Southeastern Railroad     1922 12.5 mi 1946 Silva, NC East Laport, NC  
Virginia & Carolina Railroad   1883 Never 0 1897 VA/NC State Line Norlina, NC 1897, re-organized as the Richmond, Petersburg & Carolina Railroad.
Virginia & Carolina Coast Railroad   1906 1906  61 mi 1906 Suffolk, VA Edenton, NC Was the Suffolk & Carolina Railway, renamed in 1906.  Later in 1906, merged into Norfolk & Southern Railway.
Virginia & Carolina Southern Railroad     <1910 28 mi 1922 Hope Mills, NC Lumberton, NC Leased by Atlantic Coat Line Railroad in 1922. Pieces acquired
by CSX in 1980s.
Virginia-Carolina Railroad   1898 1914 35 mi 1917 Konnarock, VA Todd, NC Acquired by Norfolk & Western Railway in 1916.  Called their Abingdon Branch until it was closed down in 1977.
Virginia Southern Railroad VSRR  1988       Burkeville, VA Oxford, NC Owned by RailAmerica (holding company) since 1988.
Virginia & Mt. Airy Railroad   1920     1920s Mt. Airy, NC Kibler, VA Acquired the Mt. Airy & Eastern Railroad, but no evidence that it was ever re-opened under this new name.
Waccamaw Coast Line Railroad   1994 1994 3.5 1995 Clinton, NC Clinton, NC 1995, changed name to Clinton Terminal Railroad.
Warrenton Railroad WRR 1871 1884 3 mi 1985 Warrenton, NC Warren Plains, NC Line closed down in 1985.
Washington & Plymouth Railroad   1887 1889 33 mi 1904 Washington, NC Plymouth, NC Narrow guage railroad owned by the Roanoke Railroad & Lumber Company. 1904 merged into the Norfolk & Southern Railway.
Washington & Vandemere Railroad   1904 1908 48 mi 1927 Washington, NC Vandemere, NC Leased by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1927.
Watauga Railway     ~1896   1913 Darby, NC N. Wilkesboro, NC In 1913, folded into Watauga & Yadkin River Railroad.
Watauga & Yadkin River Railroad   1913  1913   1933 Darby, NC N. Wilkesboro, NC On paper, it was once the Yadkin River Railroad as well as the Watauga Railway Company
Wellington & Powellsville Railroad   1893  1917 27 mi  1927 Windsor, NC Powellsville, NC Acquired by the Carolina Southern Railway 1927.  Extended to Ahoskie <1917.
Western North Carolina Railroad   1855 1858-91 307 mil 1894 Salisbury, NC Murphy, NC 84 Miles opened in 1858 from Salisbury to within 4 miles of Morganton.  Scandals and the Civil War postponed further construction until 1878-1879. Completed to Murphy in 1891.  Merged with the Richmond & Danville Railroad in 1886 to form the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railway, which entered bankruptcy in 1892.  Bought by Southern Railway in 1894.
Western Railroad   1852 1861 43 mi 1879 Fayetteville, NC Egypt, NC Heavily damaged in Civil War. In 1879, merged with the Mt. Airy & Ore Knob Railroad to become the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad.
Williamston & Tarboro Railroad   1861 Almost
Completed
31 mi Almost
Completed
Williamston, NC Tarboro, NC Acquired during construction by the Seaboard & Raleigh Railroad in 1873, which was later re-organized as the Albemarle & Raleigh Railroad in 1883. 
Wilmington & Carolina Railroad   1870 1870 161.5 1887 Wilmington, NC NC/SC State Line 1870, acquired the Wilmington & Manchester Railroad. 1887, name changed to the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.
Wilmington & Charlotte Railroad   1855 Never - 1855 Wilmington, NC Charlotte, NC Feb. 13, 1855, chartered as the Wilmington & Charlotte Railroad. Feb. 14, 1855, enamed to the Wilmington, Charlotte & Rutherford Railroad.
Wilmington & Conway Railroad   1895  1895 26 mi 1896 Chadbourn, NC Conway, SC 1896, acquired by the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.  Was the Wilmington, Chadbourn & Conway Railroad.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1897.
Wilmington & Manchester Railroad   1847 1854 161.5 mi 1870 Wilmington, NC Manchester, SC 1870, acquired by the Wilmington & Carolina Railroad. 1887, name changed to the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.
Wilmington & Newbern Railroad   1894 1894 91 mi  1897 Wilmington, NC New Bern, NC Was the Wilmington, Newbern & Norfolk Railroad. 1897, acquired by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, which was already a part of the Atlantic Coast Line.
Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad   1834 1840 161.5 mi 1855 Wilmington, NC Weldon, NC Renamed to Wilmington & Weldon Railroad in 1855
Wilmington & Weldon Railroad   1855 1840 161.5 mi 1899 Wilmington, NC Weldon, NC Was the Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad.  Raleigh pulled out soon after original charter of 1834.  Name changed to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of North Carolina in 1899. Built/owned many short line railroads within NC.
Wilmington, Brunswick & Southern Railroad   1910 1911 30 mi 1942 Navassa, NC Southport, NC Track removed during WW-II for steel recycling.
Wilmington, Chadbourn & Conway Railroad   1887 1887 26 mi 1895 Chadbourn, NC Conway, SC Was the Wilmington, Chadbourn & Conwayborough Railroad. 1895, re-organized as the Wilmington & Conway Railroad.
Wilmington, Chadbourn & Conwayborough Railroad   1883 1887 26 mi 1895 Chadbourn, NC Conwayborough, SC Chadbourn to Tabor City complete by 1883. Tabor City to Conwayborough completed 1887. 1887, name changed to the Wilmington, Chadbourn & Conway Rail Road.
Wilmington, Charlotte, & Rutherford Railroad   1855 1861 272 mi 1873 Wilmington, NC Rockingham, NC Began on 2/13/1855 as Wilmington & Charlotte Railroad, took this name the next day, on 2/14/1855. Construction halted during Civil War. Resumed in 1870. Became Carolina Central Railway in 1873, then Carolina Central Railroad, then Seaboard Air Line Railroad.
Charlotte, NC Lincolnton, NC
Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad   1887 1887 175 mi 1897 Wilmington, NC Columbia, SC Never reached Augusta. Was the Wilmington & Carolina Railroad.  1897, merged into Atlantic Coast Line of SC.
Wilmington, Newbern & Norfolk Railroad   1894 1894 91 mi 1894 Wilmington, NC New Bern, NC Was the Wilmington, Onslow & East Carolina Railroad. 1894, renamed to Wilmington & Newbern Railroad. However, most official records and reports continued to use this name for years to come.
Wilmington, Onslow & East Carolina Railroad   1885  1891 50 mi  1894 Wilmington, NC Jacksonville, NC Owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad. 1891, acquired the assets of the East Carolina Land & Railroad Company. 1894, name changed to the Wilmington, Newbern & Norfolk Railroad.
Wilmington Seacoast Railroad   1887  1887 12 mi 1902 Wilmington, NC Wrightsville Beach, NC 1891, acquired the Ocean View Railroad. aka Sea View Railroad
Wilmington Terminal Railway WTRY 1986 1986 18 mi   Wilmington, NC Wilmington, NC aka Wilmington Terminal Railroad.
Wilson & Fayetteville Railroad   1885  1886 116 mi 1899 Wilson, NC Fayetteville, NC aka Wilson Short Cut Railroad, aka Fayetteville Short Cut Railroad, not its own entity. Originally built and operated by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad. Merged into Atlantic Coast Line 1899.
Winston, Salem & Madison Railroad   1879 Never - 1880 Winston-Salem, NC Madison, NC 1880, consolidated with the Dan Valley & Yadkin River Railroad and the Winston, Salem & Mooresville Railroad to become the North Carolina Midland Railroad.
Winston, Salem & Mooresville Railroad   1878 Never - 1880 Winston-Salem NC Mooresville, NC 1880, consolidated with the Dan Valley & Yadkin River Railroad and the Winston, Salem & Madison Railroad to become the North Carolina Midland Railroad.
Winston-Salem South Bound Railway WSS 1895 1910 94 mi Still in Ops  Winston-Salem, NC Wadesboro, NC Passenger operations ceased in 1933. Jointly owned by CSX
Transportation, Inc. and Norfolk Southern Railway.
Winton Railroad   1889 1890 20 mi 1902 Winton, NC St. John, NC 1902, line abandoned. Owned by the Winton Rail Road & Lumber Company.
Yadkin Railroad   1871 1891 41 mi 1951 Salisbury, NC Norwood, NC Built/operated by the Richmond & Danville Railroad. Sold off as independent line in 1916. Albemarle to Norwood section abandoned in 1938. In 1951, acquired by Southern Railway.
Yadkin Valley Railroad YVRR  1989   93 mi   Mt. Airy, NC Wilkesboro, NC Owned by the Gulf & Ohio Railroad, who bought it from Norfolk Southern in 1989.
Yancey Railroad YAN 1955     1980s Bacchus, NC Burnsville, NC Previously known as the Black Mountain Railroad. Kona to Micaville still has tracks but may not be operational.


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