North Carolina Railroads - Atlanta & Richmond Air Line Railway

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

A&RAL

1870

1873

1874*

Atlanta, GA

Charlotte, NC
*1874 bankrupt.
+ 1877 reorganized as Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Railway. Owned by Richmond & Danville Railroad.
+ 1870 the merger of the Air Line Railroad of South Carolina and the Georgia Air Line Railroad (GA company).

The Atlanta & Richmond Air Line Railway was organized in North Carolina in 1870, combining the Georgia Air Line Railroad Company and the Air Line Railroad Company of South Carolina. It was controlled by the Richmond and Danville Railroad. The R&D planned to build a line from Charlotte, NC to Atlanta, GA but could not do so under its own name due to limitations in its charter.

The first 53 miles out of Atlanta were finished by 1871. In 1872, the R&D extended its credit to guarantee the last stages of construction. The entire line was completed in September of 1873.

The company entered receivership in November of 1874 and was sold under foreclosure in December of 1876. The new bondholders reorganized the line as the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railway in February of 1877.

Towns on Route (in NC):

NC/SC State Line

Kings Mountain

Crowders Mountain

Gastonia (1873)

Pin Hook Depot (1873) > Lowell (1879)

Garibaldi (1874) > Belmont (1886)

Charlotte



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