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 27 mi   Aberdeen, NC Fayetteville, NC  
Aberdeen & Star Railroad   1887 1888 33 mi 1893 Aberdeen, NC Star, NC Logging line only.  Reorganized in 1893 as Aberdeen & West End Railroad.
Aberdeen & West End Railroad   1893 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 38 mi 1891 Mackeys Ferry Pantego, NC Originally owned by Roper Lumber Company.  Acquired by Norfolk & Southern Railroad in 1891.
Albemarle & Raleigh Railroad   1873 1882 31 mi 1900 Tarboro, NC Williamston, NC Owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.  Merged into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1900.
Air Line Railroad of South Carolina <1870 1870 Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Merged with the Georgia Air Line Railroad to form the Atlanta & Richmond Air Line Railway.
Alexander Railroad ARC 1946 1946 20 mi   Statesville, NC Taylorsville, NC Acquired by local interests from Southern Railway.
Alma & Southbound Railroad     <1883 ~18 mi <1900 Alma, NC Plain View, NC aka Alma & Little Rock Railroad, never went to LR.  Apparently abandoned prior to 1900.  Reinvigorated in early 1900s as the Maxton, Alma & Southbound Railroad.
Appalachian Railway     1908 10 mi 1935 Ela, NC Ocona Lufty, NC  
Asheboro & Montgomery Railroad     1896 25 mi 1897 Star, NC Asheboro, NC Merged into Aberdeen & Asheboro Railroad in 1897.
Asheville & Craggy Mountain Railroad   1890 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   ~1900 Asheville, NC Spartanburg, SC Was the Spartanburg & Asheville Railroad, it was managed by the Richmond & Danville Railroad, which was ultimately purchased by 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     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 ? 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   1902 Atlanta, GA Knoxville, TN Was the Marietta & North Georgia Railroad, and purchased in 1902 by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.
Atlantic & Carolina Railroad     <1920 23 mi <1980 Warsaw, NC Chinquepin, NC Not much info available.
Atlantic & Danville Railroad     <1896   1906 Milton, NC Dennison, VA Acquired by Southern Railway 1906.
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   1854 1858 96 mi 1989 Goldsboro, NC Beaufort, NC Owned 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 1913 22 mi 1961 Sanford, NC Lillington, NC Sanford towards Broadway still in service.
Atlantic & Yadkin Railway   1900 1900   1950 Mt. Airy, NC Sanford, 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 Railroad in 1900.  As separate company, it was dissolved in 1950 and absorbed into the Winston-Salem division of Southern Railways.  Most 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     1967     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 41 mi 1881 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.
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     1913 23 mi 1951 Kona, NC Eskota, NC 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 Railway   1891 1893 11 mi 1910 Lenoir, NC Collettsville, NC Owned by Caldwell Land & Lumber Company.  1910 merged into the Carolina & North-Western 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   1901 1904   1904 Durham, NC Dunn, NC Changed name to the Durham & Southern Railroad in 1904.  Never in operation under this name.
Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad   1879     1883 Fayetteville, NC Mt. Airy, 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 Railroad.  In 1881, it purchased the Fayetteville & Florence Railroad.  In 1883, it was reorganized as the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railway #2.
Fayetteville, NC Bennettsville
Mt. Airy, NC Ore Knob
Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railway #1   1834 - - - 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 #2   1883 1884   1900 Fayetteville, NC Mt. Airy, 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 Railroad.  In 1881, it purchased the Fayetteville & Florence Railroad. In 1883, it was again reorganized into the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railway. Made agreement with South Carolina Pacific Railroad to meet at State Line and go on to Bennettsville, completed by late 1884.    It was acquired by Atlantic Coast Line (when?).  Assume 1900.
Fayetteville, NC Bennettsville
Mt. Airy, NC Ore Knob
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 & North-Western Railway CRN 1897     1938     Originated as the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Guage Railroad and the Carolina Railroad, which merged in 1874, and when it went bankrupt in 1897 it was reorganized with new name.  This new railway gained control of the Caldwell & Northern Railway in 1905 and it was merged into the Carolina & North-Western 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   1892 Wilmington, NC Rutherfordton, NC Was the Carolina Central Railway.  Bought by Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1892.
Carolina Central Railway   1873 1873   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   1873     1873     NC only. Merged into the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad same year as chartered.  Minutes of company exist from 1872 to 1899.
Carolina Northern Railroad   1899 1901 40 mi 1941 Lumberton, NC Marion, SC In receivership by December 1902, purchased by the Raleigh & Charleston Railroad in 1905.
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
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.
Champion Fibre Company Railroad         1941 Junction, NC Bear Pen, NC 3 locations in NC.
Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad   1886 1891 40 mi 1893 Marion, NC Rutherfordton, NC Also, from Shelby to NC/SC State Line. 1893 sold to Ohio River & Charleston Railroad, which reorganized in 1902 as the South & Western Railroad.
Charlotte & Columbia Railroad   1847  1852   1852 Charlotte, NC Columbia, SC 1852 renamed to the Charlotte & South Carolina Railroad.
Charlotte & South Carolina Railroad   1852  1852   1869     Became Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad in 1869; acquired by Richmond & Danville Railroad in 1878; became Southern Railway in 1894.
Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad   1869     1878 Charlotte, NC Augusta, GA A 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 became part of the Southern Railway.
Chatham Railroad   1855 1870   1871 Raleigh, NC Gulf, NC Merged into Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad 1871.  Intersected with the Western Railroad near Jonesboro.
Cheraw & Darlington Railroad   1849 1853   1898 Cheraw, SC Wadesboro, NC Acquired by ACL of SC in 1898.  Abandoned in 1970s.
Cheraw & Salisbury Railroad     <1870   1892 Cheraw, SC Wadesboro, NC Acquired by the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad in 1892.  Later acquired by ACL in 1898.  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   1897 Chester, SC Lenoir, NC Merged with the Carolina Railroad in 1874. Reorganized in 1897 as the Carolina & North-Western Railway
Shelby, NC
Chowan & Southern Railroad   1887  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 3.8 mi 1980s Cliffside Junction Private Mill  
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     <1900   1900 Clinton, NC Faison, NC Owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line by 1900.
Clinton & Warsaw Railroad     ~1886 13 mi 1900 Clinton, NC Warsaw, NC 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 Narrow Gauge Railroad   1880  1883   1883 Danville, VA Leaksville, NC As most of the line became operational in 1883, it was reorganized as the Danville & Western Railroad. 
Danville & New River Railroad   1873  Never in Ops   1880 Danville, VA Leaksville, NC Reorganized during construction as the Dan Valley & Yadkin River Narrow Gauge Railroad. 
Danville & Western Railroad   1883  1884 27.8 mi <1920 Danville, VA Leaksville, NC Acquired by Southern Railway. (When?)  Assume <1920. On 1917 map with this name. aka 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   - - - - Dismal Swamp Dismal Swamp Several logging lines from late 1800s to mid-1900s.
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     1911 Glendon, NC Gulf, NC Glendon, NC Gulf, NC Cumnock, NC Star, 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 Railroad     1889 40 mi 1900 Durham, NC Henderson, NC Acquired Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1900.
Durham & South Carolina Railroad   1905 1906 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   1904 1904 59 mi 1979 Durham, NC Dunn, NC Launched by B.N. Duke as the Cape Fear & Northern Railway, changed name when opened in 1904. Acquired by Seaboard Coast Line in 1979.
East Carolina Land & Railway Company   1887 1893 37 mi 1893 New Bern, NC Jacksonville, NC In 1893, merged with the Wilmington, Onslow & East Carolina Railroad to form the Wilmington, Newbern & Norfolk Railway Company.
East Carolina Railway/Railroad     1901 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 1886 in NC   1892 Salisbury, NC
Asheville, NC 
Murphy, NC
NC/TN Line
1886 merger of Western North Carolina Railroad and part of the Richmond & Danville Railroad. Bankrupt in 1892. 1894 became part of Southern Railway.
Egypt Railway   1890 1891 10 mi 1907 Colon, NC Cumnock, NC Leased to the Raleigh & Western Railroad in 1893, entered receivership in 1907, reorganized as the Sanford & Troy Railroad in 1910. 
Elizabeth City & Norfolk Railroad   1870 1881   1883 Berkely, VA 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, and also acquired the Albemarle & Pantego Railroad.
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   1887 Marietta, GA Murphy, NC In 1887, was renamed the Marietta & North Georgia Railroad.
Georgia, Carolina & Northern Railroad   1887 1892   1900 Monroe, NC Atlanta, GA 1900 merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Glendon & Gulf Railroad     ~1894    1896 Glendon, NC Gulf, NC Sold to the Durham & Charlotte Railroad in 1896.
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   1855 Emporia, VA Gaston, NC Operated by the Petersburg Railroad until it was merged into the PRR in 1855.
Greenville & French Broad Railroad   1855 Never 0 Never Greenville, SC Asheville, NC Due to anticipated costs and the Civil War it was never started.
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.
Halifax & Weldon Railroad   1833 1836 8 mi 1837 Halifax, NC Weldon, NC Bought by the Wilmington & Raleigh (Weldon) Railroad in 1837.
Hendersonville & Brevard Railroad     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, Asheboro & Southern Railroad     1889 27.7 mi 1900 High Point, NC Asheboro, NC Part of Southern Railway by 1900.
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   1907 Jackson Springs, NC West End, NC In 1907 was merged into Aberdeen & Asheboro Railroad.
Jamesville & Washington Railroad   1869 ~1872 ~24 mi 1894 Jamesville, NC Washington, NC Owned by the Jamesville & Washington Lumber Company.  Acquired by Norfolk & Southern Railway 1894.
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 Railway & Industrial Company   1899 1899 11 mi 1943 Shelby, NC Lawndale, NC  
Linville River Railroad   1896 1899 12 mi 1913 Cranberry, NC Saginaw, NC Purchased by the ET&WNC in 1913.
Louisburg Railroad   1883 1885 10 mi 1885 Franklinton, NC Louisburg, NC Leased by the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad in 1885.
Louisville & Nashville Railroad LN 1850     1902     In 1902, acquired the Atlanta, Knoxville & Northern Railroad.  Merged into CSX.
Lynchburg & Durham Railroad     <1892 43 mi 1980s Lynchburg, VA Durham, NC Leased by the Norfolk & Western Railroad in 1893, but retained its line name.  Merged into Norfolk Southern in 1980s.
Madison County Railroad     1910   1930 Stackhouse, NC Roaring Fork, TN
Marietta & North Georgia Railway   1887 1887   1896 Marietta, GA Knoxville, TN 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 & Southbound Railroad       15 mi <1917 Alma, NC Rowland, NC Was the Alma & Southbound Railroad.  Restarted <1910.  Acquired by Atlantic Coast Line <1917.
Midland North Carolina Railroad   1881 1883    1883     Leased tracks from Atlantic & North Carolina Railroad. Only lasted two years. In receivership 1883, then acquired by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad in 1884.
Milton & Sutherlin Railroad     <1883 2 mi in NC  1896 Milton, NC Sutherlin, VA Acquired by Atlantic & Danville Railroad 1896, and apparently abandoned immediately.
Moore Central Railroad     <1892   <1920 Carthage, NC Cameron, NC Part of Norfolk & Southern Railways before 1920.
Morehead & Southfork Railroad MHSF  1985 1985 2 mi   Morehead City, NC Radio Island, NC Owned by Gulf & Ohio Railroad.
Mt. Airy & Eastern Railroad   1899 1902 3 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     ~1875 ~55 mi 1879 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 Railroad.  Unknown route and when abandoned.  Assume abandoned by 1900.
Mount Mitchell Railroad     1914 21 mi 1921 Black Mountain City, NC Mount Mitchell  
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 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 & Carolina Railroad   1889  1890   1900 Suffolk, VA Tarbor, NC Merged into Atlantic Coast Line in 1900.
Norfolk & Southern Railway   1891     1910     Was the Norfolk Southern Railroad (first), in receivership in 1908 and reorganized in 1910 as the Norfolk Southern Railroad.
Norfolk & Western Railway NWAX     35 mi 1982     Leased the Roanoke & Southern Railroad in 1892, then bought it in 1896. Leased the Lynchburg & Durham Railroad in 1893.  Acquired the Virginia-Carolina Railroad in 1916.  Merged with Southern Railways in 1982 to form the Norfolk Southern Railway.
Norfolk Southern Railway NS 1982           1982 merger of Southern Railway with Norfolk & Western Railroad.
Norfolk Southern Railroad (1st)   1883     1891     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, Wilmington & Charleston Railroad   1891 Never 0 mi Never - - Map found with projected route, dated 1891.  Cannot find on any other maps.  Most likely didn't happen.
North & South Carolina Railway   1908 1909   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 Railroad   1849 1856 223 mi   Goldsboro, NC Charlotte, NC Leased to Richmond & Danville Railroad in 1871, which went bankrupt, and reappeared 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 0 mi Never Salisbury, NC Tennessee Line Money raised, but never constructed.
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 Never 0 mi  Never Salem Junction, NC Salem, NC Sold to Richmond & Danville Railroad during construction.
Norwood Lumber Company & Railroad   1910 1911 8 mi 1929 Forney, NC Andrews Bald  
Ohio River & Charleston Railroad         1902     Reorganized in 1902 as the South & Western Railroad.
Oxford & Clarksville Railroad   1886  1888 20 mi 1894 Oxford, NC Clarksville, VA Merged into Southern Railway in 1894.
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   1885  1887 18 mi <1900 Hamlet, NC Cheraw, SC Reorganized as the Palmetto Railway in 1895. Part of Seaboard Air Line Railroad later.
Pamlico, Oriental & Western Railroad / Railway   1891 1906   1906 New Bern, NC Oriental, NC Acquired by Norfolk & Southern Railroad (first) in 1906.
Petersburg Railroad   1830 1833 9 mi* 1898 Petersburg, VA Blakely, NC * 9 miles in NC.  Blakely near Weldon. Virginia railroad.  1898 merged into Richmond & Petersburg Railroad, which was renamed to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad 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 Merged into the Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1900.  Abandoned in 1973.
Portsmouth & Roanoke Railroad   1832 1835   1846 Suffolk, VA Weldon, NC 1846 renamed to the Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad. 
Raleigh, Charlotte & Southern Railway   1911     1914     Created by the Norfolk Southern Railroad (second), and folded into the NS line in 1914.  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   1900 Raleigh, NC Augusta, GA Was Chatham Railroad until merger in 1871.  Acquired by Raleigh & Gaston Railroad in 1871. Merged into Seaboard Air Line in 1900. Reached NC/SC state line by 1877 and went no further south.
Raleigh & Cape Fear Railroad / Railway   1898 1905 30 mi 1905 Caraleigh, NC Lillington, NC Renamed Raleigh & Southport Railway in 1905.
Raleigh & Charleston Railroad   1905 1901 40 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   1905 Washington, NC Bridgeton, NC Renamed Raleigh & Pamlico Sound Railroad in 1905.  In 1906, built a line from Washington to Bridgeton.  Also built line from Raleigh to Zebulon.  
Raleigh, NC Zebulon, NC
Raleigh & Gaston Railroad   1835 1840 86 mi 1873 Raleigh, NC Gaston, NC Connected Gaston with Weldon in 1856.  In 1873, the Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad and the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad merged to form the Seaboard & Raleigh Railroad.  Acquired by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.
Raleigh & Pamlico Sound Railroad   1905     1906     Was Raleigh & Eastern North Carolina Railroad.  Merged with Norfolk & Southern Railroad (first) in 1906.
Raleigh & Southport Railway   1905 1906 28 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   1893  1893   1907 Colon, NC Cumnock, NC Leased the Egypt Railroad in 1893.
Red Springs & Bowmore Railroad     1888   ~1904 Red Springs, NC Bowmore, NC Primarily a logging line.
Red Springs & Northern Railroad RSNR 1960s       Parkton, NC Red Springs, NC Purchased by private interests from Seaboard.
Richmond & Danville Railroad   1847 1870   1894 - - Part merged with the Western North Carolina Railroad in 1886 to form the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad. Remainder merged with the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad in 1894 to become Southern Railway. Owned and/or leased several lines within NC from 1870 to 1894.
Richmond, Petersburg & Carolina Railroad   1892  1900 5 mi in NC 1900 Richmond, VA Norlina, NC Name change to the Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1900. Was the Virginia & Carolina Railroad that was never in operations.
Roanoke & Southern Railroad     <1892 45 mi 1892 Roanoke, VA Salem, NC Leased by Norfolk & Western Railroad in 1892, which bought it in 1896.
Roanoke & Tar River Railroad   1885  1888   1911 Boykins, VA Lewiston, NC Merged into the Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1911.
Roanoke Valley Railroad   1851 1854   1864 Clarksville, VA Manson, NC Track removed during Civil War to build more important RRs
Rockingham Railroad     <1896 18 mi in NC 1922 Rockingham, NC Breeden, SC Acquired by Atlantic Coast Line 1922.
Sanford & Troy Railroad   1910     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 - - 1900 Suffolk, VA Weldon, NC 1900 merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Raleigh, NC Weldon, NC
Rocky Mount Williamston, NC
Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad   1846 1846 - 1873 Suffolk, VA Weldon, NC Merged with Raleigh & Gaston Railroad in 1873 to become Seaboard & Raleigh Railroad.
Seaboard Air Line Railway SAL 1888     1967     In 1946, renamed to Seaboard Air Line Railroad. In 1967, merged with Atlantic Coast Line Railroad to form Seaboard Coast Line, which was aquired by CSX Transportation
Seaboard Coast Line Railroad SCL 1967     1982     Merger of Seaboard Air Line Railroad and Atlantic Coast Line.  Renamed Seaboard Systems Railroad in 1982 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.
Snowbird Valley Railroad   1902 1908 15 mi 1917 Andrews Snow Bird Creek First in Graham County, NC.  Failed.
South & Western Railroad   1902 1902 18 mi 1908 TN Line Huntdale, NC Was the Ohio River & Charleston Railroad, in 1908 changed its name to the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad.
Huntdale, NC Marion, NC
Southeastern Railroad     1898  40 mi <1900 Elrod, NC Chadbourn, NC Owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.  Merged into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad <1900.
Southern Railway   1894     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   1873 1878   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.
Suffolk & Carolina Railway   1885 1902   1906 Suffolk, VA 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.
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   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 Coast Railroad   1906     1906 Suffolk, VA Edenton, NC Was the Suffolk & Carolina Railway, renamed in 1906.  Later in 1906, merged with 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 WAR   1884 3 mi 1894 Warrenton, NC Warren Plains, NC Acquired by Southern Railway 1894.
Washington & Plymouth Railroad     1889 33 mi 1904 Washington, NC Plymouth, NC Narrow guage railroad owned by the Roanoke Railroad & Lumber Company.  1904 merged into Norfolk & Southern
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   1887  1927   <1917 Windsor, NC Powellsville, NC Acquired by the Carolina Southern Railway 1927.  Extended to Ahoskie <1917.
Western North Carolina Railroad   1855 1858 84 mi 1886 Salisbury, NC Morganton, 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 Railroad, which entered bankruptcy in 1892.  Bought by Southern Railway in 1894.
1879 160 mi Bryson City, NC Morganton, NC
1871    Asheville, NC Hot Springs, NC & TN Line
Western Railroad   1852 1861 43 mi 1879 Fayetteville, NC Egypt, NC Heavily damaged in Civil War.  In 1879, merged into the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad.
Williamston & Tarboro Railroad   1861 Never in Ops   Never in Ops Williamston, NC Tarboro, NC Reorganized as the Albemarle & Raleigh Railroad in 1873, which was owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad. 
Wilmington & Charlotte Railroad   1855     1855 Wilmington, NC Charlotte, NC Renamed same year to Wilmington, Charlotte & Rutherford Railroad.
Wilmington & Conway Railroad         1897 Chadbourn, NC Conway, SC Owned by Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.  Unsure if it was the first name of the Wilmington, Chadbourn & Conway Railroad or the second name.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1897.
Wilmington & Manchester Railroad   1847 1854 161.5 mi 1900 Wilmington, NC Manchester, SC Leased to Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad in 1870. Lease cancelled in 1878. Merged into Atlantic Coast Line in 1900.
Wilmington & Newbern Railroad   1893 1895   1900 Wilmington, NC New Bern, NC Owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line by 1900.
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 1900 Wilmington, NC Weldon, NC Was the Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad.  Raleigh pulled out soon after original charter of 1834.  Merged into the Atlantic Coast Line in 1900. 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   1897 Chadbourn, NC Conway, SC Owned by the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.  Chadbourn to Tabor City complete by 1883.  Tabor City to Conway completed 1887.  aka Wilmington & Conway Railroad, merged into Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1897.
Wilmington, Charlotte, & Rutherford Railroad   1855 1861 272 mi 1873 Wilmington, NC Rockingham, NC Began in 1855 as Wilmington & Charlotte Railroad, took this name same year.  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   1870 1873   1900 Wilmington, NC Columbia, SC Never reached Augusta.  Leased the Wilmington & Manchester Railroad to form the Atlantic Coast Line, but lease was cancelled due to financial problems in 1878. Bankrupt in 1879 and reorganized in 1880 with same name.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1897.
Wilmington, Newbern & Norfolk Railroad   1893 Never 0 mi 1893 - - Owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.  Never materialized and renamed as Wilmington & Newbern Railroad.
Wilmington, Onslow & East Carolina Railroad     <1891   1893 Wilmington, NC Jacksonville, NC Owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.  In 1893, merged with the East Carolina Land & Railroad Company to become the Wilmington, Newbern & Norfolk Railway Company.
Wilmington Seacoast Railroad     1887 10 mi   Wilmington, NC Wrightsville Beach, NC aka 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     1886 74 mi 1900 Wilson, NC Fayetteville, NC aka Wilson Short Cut Railroad, owned by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line before 1900.
Winston-Salem South Bound Railway WSS 1905 1910 94 mi   Winston-Salem, NC Wadesboro, NC Passenger operations ceased in 1933. Jointly owned by CSX Transportation, Inc. and Norfolk Southern Railway.
Yadkin Railroad   1871 1891 31 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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