North Carolina Railroads - Carolina Central Railroad

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

CCRR

1880

1880

1890*

Wilmington, NC

Rutherfordton, NC


1881 Bond
*1890 - Acquired by Seaboard Air Line Railway. Retained its name. Consolidation authorized by NC legislative Act of February 16, 1899.
Deed dated May 31, 1880 confirmed in a NC Legislative Act of January 18, 1881 that new owners had acquired the assets of the bankrupt Carolina Central Railway, and was now known as the Carolina Central Railroad. New owners were authorized to mortgage the assets up to $21,000 per mile, with lien(s) against said mortgage(s).
Was the Carolina Central Railway


SAL Number 416 - Was Carolina Central Number 26

David R. Murchison was the Carolina Central Railroad's first president.

In November of 1881, the Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad (of Virginia) was able to acquire control of the Carolina Central Railroad. Its new president was John M. Robinson, who was also the president of the Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad, the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad, and the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad.

In 1887, the road was extended farther westward twenty-seven (27) miles from Shelby to Rutherfordton. In 1896, a five-mile branch was constructed from Ellenboro to Carolene, and a spur of two miles was built from Mill Junction to Henrietta Mill. This brought the total mileage of the Carolina Central Railroad to 275 miles of track.

From the 1st Annual Report of the North Carolina Railroad Commission, dated December 31, 1891:

The Carolina Central Railroad Company was organized July 14, 1880, under laws of the State of North Carolina, under an Act to incorporate the Wilmington & Charlotte Railroad Company (1855), an Act that the name of the Wilmington & Charlotte Railroad Company shall be altered and the same company shall be known and styled the Wilmington, Charlotte & Rutherford Railroad Company, ratified February 14, 1885; an Act to incorporate the Carolina Central Railway Company; December, 1873; and an Act to perfect the organization of the Carolina Central Railroad Company, ratified January 18, 1881.

The corporate powers of this Company are granted for ninety-nine years from the passage of the Act creating the Wilmington & Charlotte Railroad Company, passed at the session of 1855.

The original purpose of this Company was to effect railroad communication between Wilmington and Charlotte, by way of Lumberton, Rockingham and Wadesboro and Monroe, with a capital stock of $2,000,000, with the privilege of increasing the same to $3,000,000. Its capital stock was further increased $1,000,000 for the purpose of continuing said road to a point at or near the town of Rutherfordton.

Property Operated:

Carolina Central Railroad Company, from Wilmington, NC, to Rutherfordton, NC, 264.60 miles.

Wilmington Railway Bridge Company, from Wilmington, NC, to Meare's Bluff, NC, 2.40 miles.

Towns on Route:

Wilmington

Mears Bluff (1880s)

Navassa (1916)

Phoenix

Summerville

Northwest (1909)

Cronly (1883) > Acme (1911) > Riegelwood (1963)

Armour

Robeson

Marlsville > Marlville (1882) > East Arcadia (1900)

Bristol > Council Station (1878) > Council (1903)

Jarvis (1879) > Perryville (1890) > Southwood (1898)

Rosindale

Emerson (1891)

Vicksburg (1873) > Elkinsville (1874) > Elkton (1888)

Middle Swamp (1876-1884)

Clarkton

Thompson's Mill

Abbottsburg

Edward's Mill

Bladenboro

Yorkville > Richardson (1889)

Bellamy (1900)

Allenton

Lumberton

Barkers (1882-1883)

Lowe (1890)

Moss Neck (1875-1905)

Red Banks

Pembroke (1896)

Pates (1878)

Red Banks

Plummerville (1870-1890)

Alma (1879) > Daystrom (1942) > Alma (1951)

Shoe Heel > Maxton (1886)

Southerland's

Laurinburgh > Laurinburg (1893)

Elmore (1892)

Laurel Hill

Old Hundred

Sand Hill (faded 1876)

Powhatan

Beaman's Mill

Hamlet

Entwistle (1913) > East Rockingham (1924)

Rockingham

Cordova (1899)

Pee Dee

Lilesville

Wadesboro

Rackles

Polkton

Lanesboro > Peachland (1888)

Beaver Dam > Marshville (1895)

Ames (1880) > Wingate (1896)

Monroe

Seacrest's Mill

Stout

Indian Trail

Matthews

Roberts (1880s)

Bryan (1880s)

Sardis (1884)

Charlotte

Sago (1891-1902)

Sandifer (1885) > Paw Creek #2 (1909)

Chadwick Station (1900s)

Paw Creek (1875-1899)

Woodlawn > Mount Holly (1888)

Stanleys Creek > Stanley (1894)

Alexis (1894)

Iron Station

Lincolnton

Crouse (1881)

Cherryville

Waco (1880)

Stubbs (1888-1911)

Waco

Buffalo Paper Mill

Cleveland Springs

Shelby

Lattimore (1886) > Delight (1887) > Lattimore (1888)

Mooresboro

Ellenboro (1886)

Allen's

Harrell's

Bostic (1887)

Burnt Chimney > Forest City (1882)

Roger's Turnout

Rutherfordton



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