North Carolina Railroads - 1880

Railroads already operational prior to 1871:

+ Petersburg Railroad. Operational in 1833.
+ Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad. Operational in 1846.
+ Wilmington & Weldon Railroad. Operational in 1840.
+ Raleigh & Gaston Railroad. Operational in 1840. 
+ Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Rail Road. Operational in 1869.
+ Wilmington & Carolina Rail Road. Operational in 1870.
+ North Carolina Rail Road. Operational in 1856.
+ Atlantic & North Carolina Rail Road. Operational in 1858.
+ Western North Carolina Rail Road. Operational in 1858.
+ Western Rail Road. Operational in 1861. 1879, merged into Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Rail Road.
+ Carolina Central Railroad. Operational in 1861 as the Wilmington, Charlotte & Rutherford Rail Road. 1873, Carolina Central Railway. Bankrupt in 1876. Re-organized as the Carolina Central Railroad in 1880.
+ Atlantic, Tennessee & Ohio Rail Road. Operational in 1863.
+ Piedmont Rail Road. Operational in 1863.
+ Cheraw & Salisbury Rail Road. Operational in 1867.
+ Chatham Rail Road. Operational in 1870.

Railroads completed between 1871 and 1880:

+ Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Rail Road. Operational in 1873.
+ Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Rail Road. Operational in 1879 (partial).
(includes the Western Railroad and the Mt. Airy & Ore Knob Rail Road).
+ Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Rail Road. Operational in 1880 (partial)
+ Danville & New River Rail Road. Operational in 1881.
+ Elizabeth City & Norfolk Rail Road. Operational in 1881.
+ Jamesville & Washington Rail Road. Operational in 1877.
+ Milton & Sutherlin Rail Road. Operational in 1878.
+ Oxford & Henderson Rail Road. Operational in 1881.
+ Richmond & Danville Rail Road. Operational in 1873.
+ Seaboard & Raleigh Rail Road. Operational in 1873.
+ Spartanburg & Asheville Rail Road. Operational in 1878 (partial).
+ State University Rail Road. Operational in 1881. (was the Chapel Hill Iron Mountain Rail Road.)

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The following railroads were chartered between 1871 and 1880, but were not operational as yet (1880):

+ 1871 - Warrenton Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Roanoke & Tar River Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Georgia & North Carolina Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Yadkin Rail Road.
+ 1873 - Midland North Carolina Railway. 1884, acquired by the Wilmington & Weldon Rail Road.
+ 1877 - East Tennesse, Georgia & Virginia Rail Road
+ 1878 - Winston, Salem & Mooresville Rail Road. 1880, merged into the new North Carolina Midland Rail Road.
+ 1879 - Winston, Salem & Madison Rail Road. 1880, merged into the new North Carolina Midland Rail Road.
+ 1879 - Dan Valley & Yadkin River Rail Road. 1880, merged into the new North Carolina Midland Rail Road.
+ 1880 - North Carolina Midland Rail Road.
+ 1880 - Danville, Mocksville & Southwestern Rail Road.

The following railroad companies were chartered between 1871 and 1880, but there is no evidence available that they were ever constructed:

+ 1871 - Wilmington & Onslow Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Yanceyville, Danville & Coalfield Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Petersburg & Greensboro Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Catawba Valley Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Kenansville & Clinton Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Pantego & Indian River Rail Road. 1872, name corrected to Pantego & Indian Run Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Kinston & Kenansville Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Statesville Air Line Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Haywood & Cane Creek Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Naval Extension Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Marion & Cranberry Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Spartanburg, Columbus & Rutherford Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Asheville & Virginia Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Newbern & Washington Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Oxford & Hillsboro Rail Road
+ 1871 - Carthage & Randolph Rail Road.
+ 1871 - Wilmington & Planters Rail Road. 1872 - renamed to Atlantic Coast Railway.
+ 1871 - Border Rail Road.
+ 1872 - Charlotte & Taylorsville Rail Road.
+ 1872 - Yadkin & Dan River Rail Road.
+ 1872 - Carolina Narrow Gauge Rail Road - 1873, merged into the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Rail Road.
+ 1872 - Beech Swamp & Scotland Neck Rail Road.
+ 1872 - Halifax & Scotland Neck Rail Road.
+ 1872 - New York, Norfolk & Charleston Rail Road.
+ 1872 - Atlantic Coast Railway.
+ 1872 - Wilson & Tar River Narrow Gauge Rail Road.
+ 1873 - Snow Hill, Greenville & Goldsboro Rail Road. 1879, name changed to Goldsboro, Snow Hill & Greenville Rail Road.
+ 1873 - Great Western Air Line Railway
+ 1873 - Rabun Gap Short Line Railway.
+ 1873 - Plymouth & Hyde Park Railway.
+ 1874 - Wilmington, Raleigh & Roxboro Rail Road.
+ 1874 - Watauga & Caldwell Narrow Gauge Rail Road. 1883, name changed to the North Carolina & Tennessee Rail Road.
+ 1875 - Deep River, Saxapahaw & Danville Rail Road.
+ 1875 - Albemarle & Roanoke Rail Road. 1885, name changed to the Roanoke Rail Road.
+ 1875 - North Carolina Border Rail Road.
+ 1875 - Fayetteville & Goldsboro Rail Road. 1879, name change to the Harnett Railway.
+ 1875 - Norfolk, Roxboro & Greensboro Rail Road.
+ 1875 - Snow Hill Branch Rail Road.
+ 1875 - Wilmington, Raleigh & Danville Rail Road.
+ 1877 - Rutherford & Spartanburg Rail Road.
+ 1877 - Piedmont Narrow Gauge Rail Road.
+ 1877 - Polk County Narrow Gauge Rail Road.
+ 1877 - Suffolk & Albemarle Sound Rail Road.
+ 1878 - Bennettsville & Hamlet Rail Road.
+ 1879 - Harnett Railway.
+ 1879 - Smithfield & Cape Fear Narrow Gauge Rail Road.
+ 1879 - Goldsboro, Snow Hill & Greenville Rail Road.
+ 1879 - Burgaw & Onslow Rail Road.
+ 1879 - Roxboro & TBD Narrow Gauge Rail Road. 1881, name changed to the Roxboro Rail Road.
+ 1879 - Thomasville & Albemarle Rail Road.
+ 1879 - Wilmington, Wrightsville & Onslow Rail Road.
+ 1879 - Rockingham & Salisbury Rail Road.
+ 1880 - Durham Rail Road.

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