South Carolina Railroads - Passenger & Freight Lines

Name of Known Railroads Within South 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
Air Line Railroad   1856 Never 0 mi 1870 Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC 1856, chartered as the Air Line Railroad Company of South Carolina. Merged with the Georgia Air Line Railroad in 1870 to form the Atlanta & Richmond Air Line Railway. 1877, re-organized as the Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Railroad.
Alcolu Railroad   1902 1903 32 mi 1936 Alcolu, SC Olanta, SC  
Anderson & Easley Railroad   1880 Never -- 1882 Anderson, SC Easley, SC 1882, merged with two other SC railroads to become
the French Broad & Atlantic Railroad.
Asheville & Spartanburg Railroad   1881 1881 23.2 mi 1895 Asheville, NC Spartanburg, SC Was the Spartanburg & Asheville Railroad. 1881-1894, managed by the Richmond & Danville Railroad. 1895, leased by Southern Railway. 1902, purchased by Southern Railway - Carolina Division.
Ashley River Railroad   1875  1877 4 mi 1901 Stono, SC 8-Mile T.O. Operated by the Charleston & Savannah Railroad. 1901, consolidated into the Savannah, Florida & Western Railway. 1902, merged into Atlantic Coast Line Railraod.
Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Railway   1877 1877 126.7 mi 1894 Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Was the Atlanta & Richmond Air Line Railway. 1881-1894, operated and managed by the Richmond & Danville Railroad system. 1894, leased by Southern Railway.
Atlanta & Richmond Air Line Railway   1870 1873 53 mi 1877 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.
Atlantic & French Broad Railroad   1879 Never -- 1882 Belton, NC Easley, SC Was the unfinished Belton, Williamston & Easley
Railroad. 1882, merged with two other SC railroads to
become the French Broad & Atlantic Railroad.
Atlantic & Northwestern Railroad   1885 1887 -- 1887 Union, SC Rutherfordton,
NC
Was the Union, Gaffney City & Rutherfordton Railroad.
1887, merged into the Georgia & Carolina Midland
Railroad.
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad   1900     1967     Formed in April 1900 with merger of NC, VA, and SC assets using same name already.  Merged with Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1967 to form Seaboard Coast Line Railroad.
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of South Carolina ACL 1897     1900     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.  The State of SC would not allow "foreign" companies to own RRs, so this new company had to be formed in SC in 1897. In 1900, it was allowed to merge into the overall Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Atlantic, Greenville & Western Railroad   1885 Never -- 1887 Port Royal, SC Knoxville, TN Was the Greenville & Port Royal Railroad. 1887, merged into the Carolina, Knoxville & Western Railway.
Augusta & Aiken Railway AARY  1901 1902 23.6 mi 1929 Augusta, GA Aiken, SC Considered an "Inter-urban Railway," operated via electric power. 1907, company authorized to sell assets to the Augusta & Columbia Railway. Unclear if this actually happened.
Augusta & Knoxville Railroad   1880 1882 52 mi 1886 Augusta, GA Greenwood, SC Leased to the Port Royal & Augusta Railroad in 1883.  A line from McCormick to Anderson was built by A&K in 1885. 1882, operated for a year as the Greenwood, Laurens & Spartanburg Railroad, then leased to A&K. Merged into the Port Royal & Western Carolina Railroad in 1886.
Augusta, Edgefield & Newberry Railroad   1885 1887 -- 1887 Augusta, GA Newberry, SC Was the Augusta & Edgefield Railroad. 1887, merged into the Georgia & Carolina Midland Railroad.
Augusta, Knoxville & Greenwood Railroad   1877 Never 53 mi 1880 Augusta, GA Greenwood, SC Was the Greenwood & Augusta Railroad. 1880, re-organized as the Augusta & Knoxville Railroad.
Augusta Northern Railway   1910  1911 12 mi 1941 Ward, SC Saluda, SC Was the Newberry, Whitmire & Augusta Railroad. 
Bamberg, Ehrhardt & Walterboro Railroad   1906 1913  40 mi 1915 Bamberg, SC Ehrhardt, SC 1915, leased by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Barnwell Railway   1882 1882 9 mi 1891 Barnwell, SC Blacksville, SC Merged into the Carolina Midland Railway in 1891.
Beaufort Railroad   2006       Port Royal, SC Yemassee, SC Was the Port Royal Railroad #2.  Not operational as yet.
Belton, Williamston & Easley Railroad   1878 Never -- 1879 Belton, SC Easley, SC 1879, renamed to the Atlantic & French Broad Railroad.
Bennettsville & Cheraw Railroad   1887 Never -- 1891 Bennettsville, SC Cheraw, SC 1891, consolidated into the Charleston, Sumter & Northern Railroad. 1895, Merged into Atlantic Coast Line.
Bennettsville & Cheraw Railroad #2   1902 1903 14 mi c.1920 Kollock, SC Brownsville, SC Was the incomplete Bennettsville & Osborne Railroad.
Bennettsville & Osborne Railroad   1899 Never -- 1902 Bennettsville, SC Osborne, SC 1902, renamed to the Bennettsville & Cheraw Railroad #2, with authorized route change in 1904.
Berkeley Railroad   1892  1893 8.4 mi 1906 Moncks Corner, SC Chicora, SC Original plan from Moncks Corner to Ferguson's.
Bishopville Railroad BISC 1882 1887 19 mi 1891 Lucknow, SC Elliott, SC Owned by the Manchester & Augusta Railroad. 1891, re-organized as the South & North Carolina Railroad. 1897, part of Atlantic Coast Line of South Carolina.
Blackville & Alston Railroad - 1885 Never - 1886 Blackville, SC Alston, SC 1886, renamed to Blackville, Alston & Newberry Railroad.
Blackville, Alston, & Newberry Railroad   1886 1888 34 mi 1895 Blackville, SC Sievern, SC Trackage rights were obtained from the Sievern and Knoxville Railroad to connect with Columbia in 1898. Re-organized into the financially unstable Greenwood, Anderson & Western Railroad, and it went bankrupt in 1895. The Carolina Midland Railroad purchased the Perry to Blackville line in 1898, whereas the Perry-Sievern section was acquired by the newly-formed Sievern & Knoxville Railroad that same year.
Blue Ridge Railway   1894     ~1940 Anderson, SC Walhalla, SC Was the Blue Ridge Railroad, bought by Southern Railway in 1894 and reorganized as the Blue Ridge Railway.
Blue Ridge Railroad   1852 1859 37 mi 1894 Anderson, SC Walhalla, SC 1859, leased by the Greenville & Columbia Railroad. 1880, leased by the Columbia & Greenville Railroad. 1894, bought by Southern Railways and re-organized as the Blue Ridge Railway.  Later consolidated into Southern (when?). Assume ~1940.
Blue Ridge & Atlantic Railroad   1887 Never   Never Savannah, GA Knoxville, TN Probably started as the Blue Ridge Railroad prior to the Civil War, it was never completed.  Some track was laid and used, but acquired by others after it went bankrupt in 1892.  Later became part of Tallulah Falls Railroad.
Branchville & Bowman Railroad   1890 1893 11 mi 1925 Branchville, SC Bowman, SC Was the Smoak Tramway.  Started as logging line.
Branchville & Columbia Railroad   1835 1842 68 mi 1843 Branchville, SC Columbia, SC 1837, acquired by the Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Railroad. 1843, merged into the South Carolina Railroad, retained its line name. Merged into Southern Railway 1899.
Buffalo Union-Carolina Railroad   1922  1900 19 mi 1971 Buffalo, SC Union, SC Was the Union & Glenn Springs Rail Road.
Camden & Branchville Railroad   1827  1848 37 mi 1899 Camden, SC Gadsden, SC Owned and operated by the South Carolina Railroad Company. Merged into Southern Railway 1899.
Carolina, Atlantic & Western Railway   1914 1914 43 mi 1915 Georgetown, SC Lane, SC 1914, the merger of the North & South Carolina Railway, the Charleston Northern Railway, the South Carolina Western Railway, and the South Carolina Western Extension Railway. 1915, acquired the Georgetown & Western Railroad. Absorbed by Seaboard Air Line later in 1915. 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 Railway   1909 1909 14 mi 1924 NC/SC Line Spartanburg, SC Was the South & Western Railroad, changed its name in 1924 to the Clinchfield Railroad Corporation. 1908 added line from Marion, NC to Spartanburg, SC.
Carolina, Cumberland Gap & Chicago Railway   1882 1889 24 mi 1895 Aiken, SC Edgefield, SC 1882, merger of four railroads. 1891, in receivership. 1895, re-organized as the Carolina & Cumberland Gap Railroad.
Carolina, Knoxville & Western Railway   1887  1888 23 mi 1897 Greenville, SC Marietta, SC Abandoned in 1897, resurrected as Greenville & Knoxville Railroad in 1899.
Carolina Midland Railway   1891 1891
1898
55 mi
39 mi
1895
1899
Barnwell, SC Seivern, SC Merger of the Barnwell Railroad and the Blackville, Alston & Newberry Railroad. 1891, CMR extended the Barnwell line to Allendale. 1895, re-organized as the Greenwood, Anderson & Western Railway. 1898, the bankrupt Greenwood, Anderson & Western Railway re-organized again, with one line reverting back to the Carolina Midland Railroad. 1899, pulled into Southern Railway.
Carolina Northern Railroad   1899 1901 40 mi 1902 NC/SC Line Marion, SC 1902, in receivership. 1905, acquired by the Raleigh & Charleston Railroad.
Carolina Southern Railroad CALA  1995   76.5 mi   Whiteville, NC Mullins, SC Purchased two lines from CSX in 1995.
Chadbourn, NC Conway, SC
Carolina & Cumberland Gap Railway   1895 1895 24 mi 1898 Aiken, SC Edgefield, SC Was the Carolina, Cumberland Gap & Chicago Railway. 1898, acquired by Southern Railway.
Carolina & Northwestern Railway   1895 1895 37 mi 1938 Chester, SC NC/SC Line 1895, chartered in North Carolina. 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 this new name.  This new railway gained control of the Caldwell & Northern Railway in 1905 and it was merged into the Carolina & Northwestern Railway in 1910.  Went bankrupt in 1938. Absorbed by Southern Railway circa 1940
Carolina & Western Railroad   1902 1905 7 mi 1916 Fechtig, SC Tillman, SC Built to serve the W.F. Cummings Company.
Catawba Valley Railway   1906 1907 22 mi 1908 Great Falls, SC Fort Lawn, SC 1908, merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Central Railroad of South Carolina   1861 1882 40 mi 1897 Lane, SC Sumter, SC 1878, acquired the incomplete Williamsburg Rail Road. Extended to Georgetown by 1882. When opened in 1882, considered part of the Atlantic Coast Line. 1897, consolidated into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad but not owned.
Central Railway of South Carolina   1906 1907 7 mi 1914 (?) Heath Springs, SC Stonesboro, SC Relook at when reviewing 1915 annual report.
Charleston-Isle of Palms Traction Company - 1913 1913 7.69 mi ? Charleston, SC Isle of Palms, SC Considered an "Interurban Railway" powered by electricity.
Charleston Southern Railway   1915 1915 33 mi  1915 Poston, SC Andrews, SC 1915, acquired by Carolina, Atlantic & Western Railway, which merged with the Seaboard Air Line Railway in November of 1915.
Charleston & Hamburgh Railroad   1827 1830 136 mi 1899 Charleston, SC Hamburgh, SC Owned by the South Carolina Canal & Railroad Company. Merged into the South Carolina Railroad Company in 1843. Several sources claim this railroad retained it line name until merged into Southern Railway in 1894.
Charleston & Northern Railroad   1895 1895 75.6 mi 1895 St. Paul, SC Sumter, SC Was the bankrupt Charleston, Sumter & Northern Railroad. 1895, merged into the Wilson & Summerton Railroad. No longer retained its name.
Charleston & Savannah Railroad   1853 1856 94 mi 1866 Savannah, GA Charleston, SC 1866, re-organized as the Savannah & Charleston Railroad. 1879, in receivership.1880, acquired by Plant Systems, and reorganized as Charleston & Savannah Railway. 1901, pulled into Plant's Savannah, Florida & Western Railway. 1902, acquired by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Charleston & Savannah Railway   1880 1880 94 mi 1901 Savannah, GA Charleston, SC Was the Savannah & Charleston Railroad, now owned by Plant Systems. 1901, acquired by Plant Systems' Savannah, Florida & Western Railway. 1902, merged into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Charleston & Western Carolina Railway   1896 1896 341 mi 1897 Augusta, GA Spartanburg, SC Acquired all assets of the Port Royal & Augusta Railroad and the Port Royal & Western Carolina Railroad in 1896, after SC deemed the GA company to be illegal in SC. Acquired by Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1897.
Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad   1885 1887 107 mi 1896 NC/SC Line Camden, SC Was the Georgetown & North Carolina Narrow Gauge Railroad. 1890, in receivership. 1893 bankruptcy, sold at auction to be reorganized as the Ohio River & Charleston Railway in 1896. Sold again in 1902 and renamed to the South & Western Railroad.
Charleston, Sumter & Northern Railroad   1888 1890 75.6 mi 1895 St. Paul, SC Sumter, SC Was the Eutawville Railroad. 1891, acquired the Bennettsville & Cheraw Railroad. Bankrupt in 1892.  Re-organized and renamed to the Charleston & Northern Railroad in 1895.
Charlotte & South Carolina Railroad   1846 1852 84 mi 1869 Charlotte, NC Columbia, SC 1869, re-organized as the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.
Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad   1869 1869 177 mi 1878 Charlotte, NC Augusta, GA 1869, the merger of the Charlotte & South Carolina Railroad and the Columbia & Augusta Railroad.  Part of the Richmond & Danville Railroad system from 1878 to 1894, when it became part of Southern Railway.
Charlotte, Monroe & Columbia Railroad   1900 1903 18 mi 1915 McBee, SC Jefferson, SC 1915, the Carolina, Atlantic & Western Railroad took control of this line. In November of 1915, merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Cheraw & Chester Railroad   1873 1879  29 mi 1896 Cheraw, SC Lancaster, SC 1896, re-organized as the Lancaster & Chester Railway.
Cheraw & Darlington Railroad   1849 1853 40 mi 1897 Cheraw, SC Florence, SC 1882, considered part of the Atlantic Coast Line. Acquired the Cheraw & Salisbury Railroad 1892. Merged into the Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1897.
Cheraw & Salisbury Railroad   1868  1868 9.5 mi 1892 Cheraw, SC Wadesboro, NC 1882, considered part of the Atlantic Coast Line. 1892, acquired by the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad. Abandoned in the 1970s.
Chester & Lenoir Narrow Guage Railroad   1873 1876 35.75 1897 Chester, SC Lenoir, NC Merged with the Carolina Railroad in 1874, kept its name. 1897, re-organized as the Carolina & North-Western Railway in NC.
Chester, Greenwood & Abbeville Railroad   1885 Never -- 1886 Monroe, NC  Atlanta, GA 1886, re-organized as the Georgia, Carolina & Northern Railroad, which merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1900.
Chesterfield & Kershaw Railroad   1889 1900 48 mi 1899 Cheraw, SC Camden, SC 1899, acquired by Raleigh & Gaston Railroad, a North Carolina company. 1900, acquired by Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Chesterfield & Lancaster Railroad   1887 1901 32.4 mi 1941 Cheraw, SC Pageland, SC Never made it to Lancaster County - ran out of money. Owned and operated by Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Cincinnati & Charleston Railroad   1835 Never   1836     After Kentucky got involved, the name was changed to the Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Railroad in 1836.
Cincinnati, Cumberland Gap & Charleston Railroad     1867   ~1883 Cincinnati, OH Charleston, SC Acquired by the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad Company (when?) (~1883)
Clinchfield Railroad CRR 1924 1924 14 mi 1980s NC/SC Line Spartanburg, SC Originally chartered as the Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad in 1886. 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, Inc.
Colleton County Railroad CCYR 1986     1988 H&B Junction Walterboro, SC Acquired several short lines from CSX in 1986.  Merged into Hampton & Branchville Railroad in 1988
Canadys, SC
Columbia & Augusta Railroad   1863 1869 75 mi 1869 Columbia, SC Augusta, GA 1869, merged with the Charlotte & South Carolina Railroad into the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.
Columbia & Greenville Railroad   1880 1880 163 mi 1894 Columbia, SC Greenville, SC Was the Greenville & Columbia Railroad. <1890, leased by Richmond & Danville Railroad. 1894, acquired by Southern Railway.
Columbia & Sumter Railroad   1866 1870 45 mi 1870 Columbia, SC Sumter C.H., SC 1870, acquired by the Wilmington & Carolina Railroad. 1887, became the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad. 1897, merged into the Atlantic Coast Line.
Columbia, Newberry & Laurens Railroad CN&L RR  1886  1891 75 mi 1924 Columbia, SC Laurens, SC 1885, originated as the Newberry & Laurens Rail Road. Dec. 24, 1886, name changed to the Columbia, Newberry & Laurens Rail Road. 1896, merged in the Laurens Railroad/Railway. 1924, merged into the Atlantic Coast Line.
Conway Seashore Railroad   1899  1900 15 mi  1904 Conway, SC Myrtle Beach, SC aka Conway & Seashore Railroad. aka Conway & Seacoast Railroad. 1904, changed name to Conway, Coast & Western Railroad. 1912, acquired by Atlantic Coast Line.
Conway, Coast & Western Railroad   1904 1904 15 mi 1910 Myrtle Beach, SC Aynor, SC Was the Conway & Seacoast Railroad. 1910, acquired by Atlantic Coast Line. 1984, acquired from CSX by the Horry County Railroad. Renamed to the Waccamaw Coast Line in 1987. Tracks continue to exist, but not in operations.
CSX Transportation, Inc. CSXT 1986 1986 -- Still Ops. -- -- Renaming of Seaboard Coast Line Railroad when it merged with Chessie System Railroad.
Due West Railway   1907 1907 5 mi 1939 Due West, SC Donalds, SC  
East Cooper & Berkeley Railroad ECBR 1977 1978 17 mi   Cordesville, SC Charity Ch, SC Owned by the SC Public Railways Commission.
East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad/Railway   1869 1883 in SC   1894     ~1883, acquired the Cincinnati, Cumberland Gap & Charleston Railroad. 1894 became part of Southern Railway.
Edgefield Branch Railroad   1874 Never -- 1879 Edgefield, SC Trenton, SC 1879, assets assigned to the Edgefield, Trenton & Aiken Railroad. 1882, ET&A merged into the French Broad & Atlantic Railroad.
Edgefield, Trenton & Aiken Railroad   1879 Never -- 1882 Edgefield, SC Aiken, SC Was the Edgefield Branch Railroad. 1882, merged with
two other SC railroads to become the French Broad &
Atlantic Railroad.
Edgmoor & Manetta Railway EM 1902 1903 2.5 mi 1975 Edgemoor, SC Manetta Mill, SC Owned/operated by Manetta Mills.
Eutawville Railroad   1884 1887 36.5 mi 1889 Creston, SC Eutawville, SC Owned by the Manchester & Augusta Railroad. 1889, re-organized and renamed as the Charleston, Sumter & Northern Railroad. 1895, re-organized and renamed as the Charleston & Northern Railroad. Merged into Atlantic Coast Line in 1897.
Fayetteville & Florence Railroad   1875 Never 0 1881 Fayetteville, NC Florence, SC First owned by Wilmington & Weldon Railroad. Acquired by the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad in 1881. aka the Florence Railroad.  Survey and layout completed, but no track laid under this name.
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.  Fayetteville-Florence completed in 1892.  Partially abandoned in 1899 - Fayetteville to Parkton - rest intact for 60 years.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line before 1900.
Florence Railroad   1882 1888 24.5 mi 1898 NC/SC Line Florence, SC 1888, considered to be a part of the Atlantic Coast Line when line was opened. 1898, merged into the Atlantic Coast Line of South Carolina.
Florida Central & Peninsular Railway   1889 1894  136 mi 1900 Camden, SC Augusta, GA 1894, leased the South Bound Railroad in 1894. 1900, merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway.
French Broad & Atlantic Railroad   1882 Never - 1882 Aiken, SC Edgefield, SC Chartered in February 1882 as the merger of three SC railroads. October 1882, renamed to the Carolina, Cumberland Gap & Chicago Railroad.
Georgetown-Pawleys Island Railroad   1902 1902 4 mi 1950s Hagley Landing Pawleys Island Owned by the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company.  Not sure when closed down.  Assume the 1950s.
Georgetown & Lanes Railroad   1881 1883 43 mi 1887 Georgetown, SC Lane, SC 1887, renamed to Georgetown & Western Railroad.
Georgetown & North Carolina Narrow Gauge Railroad   1878 Never -- 1885 Georgetown, SC NC/SC State Line 1882, "narrow gauge" in named dropped by SC Legislature. 1885, re-organized as the Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad.
Georgetown & Western Railroad GWRR 1887 1887 43 mi 1915 Georgetown, SC Lane, SC Started out as Georgetown & Lanes Railroad. 1915, acquired by Carolina, Atlantic & Western Railway.
Georgia, Carolina & Northern Railroad   1886 1888 137 mi 1899 Monroe, NC Atlanta, GA Was the Chester, Greenwood & Abbeville Railroad. 1888, considered to be a part of the new Seaboard Air Line Railway system that was not fully mature as yet. 1899 merged into the Raleigh & Gaston Rail Road, a North Carolina Company. 1900, merged into the Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Georgia & Carolina Midland Railroad   1887 1887 -- 1887 -- -- 1887, merged into the Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad.
Georgia & Florida Railway/Railroad GF 1906 1929 58 mi 1963 N. Augusta, SC Greenwood, SC 1906 - Railway.  1926 - Railroad.  Acquired by Southern Railway in 1963.  1929 made it to Greenwood, SC.
Glenn Springs Railroad   1884  1894 10 mi  1911 Glenn Springs, SC Roebuck, SC Charter amended four times to provide more time for construction. 1911, line abandoned.
Green Pond, Walterboro & Branchville Railroad   1882 1887 14 mi 1900 Green Pond, SC Walterboro, SC Merged with Walterborough & Western Railroad in 1900 to form the Green Pond, Walterborough & Branchville Railroad.  
Green Pond, Walterborough & Branchville Railroad   1900 1900 40 mi 1901 Green Pond, SC  Ehrhardt, SC 1900, the merger of the Green Pond, Walterboro & Branchville Railroad and the Walterborough & Western Railroad. Owned and operated by Plant Systems.  1901, acquired by the Savannah, Florida & Western Railroad. 1902, merged into the Atlantic Coast Line.
Greenville & Columbia Railroad   1845 1854 142 mi 1880 Greenville, SC Columbia, SC 1870, acquired the Union & Spartanburg Railroad.  1880, re-organized as the Columbia & Greenville Railroad.
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.
Greenville & Knoxville Railroad   1899 1899 26.6 mi 1914 Greenville, SC River Falls, SC Acquired the Carolina, Knoxville & Western Railroad in 1899 after it was abandoned in 1897.  In 1914, again reorganized as the Greenville & Western Railroad.
Greenville & Laurens Railroad   1878 1882 36 mi 1886 Greenville, SC Laurens, SC 1886, merged into the Port Royal & Western Carolina Railroad. 1896, PR&WC re-organized as the Charleston & Western Carolina Railroad. 1897, merged into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of SC.
Greenville & Northern Railroad GRN 1920   23 mi 1997 Greenville, SC River Falls, SC Was the Greenville & Western Railroad.  Bought by South Carolina Central Railroad in 1997.
Greenville & Port Royal Railroad   1882 Never -- 1885 Port Royal, SC Greenville, SC 1885, name changed to the Atlantic, Greenville & Western Railroad.
Greenville & Western Railway GRLW  2006       Pelzer, SC Belton, SC Spun off by CSX in 2006.
Greenville & Western Railroad   1914 1914 26.6 mi 1920 Greenville, SC River Falls, SC Was the Greenville & Knoxville Railroad.  Renamed to Greenville & Northern Railroad in 1920.
Greenville, Laurens & Spartanburg Railroad   1885     1886 McCormick, SC Anderson, SC Savannah Valley Railroad bought by the Central Railroad & Banking Company of Georgia in 1885, who operated it for a year under this name, then leased it to the Augusta & Knoxville Railroad.  Subsequently, merged into a newer Port Royal & Western Carolina Railroad, also owned by CRR&B.
Greenville, Spartanburg & Anderson Railroad   1910 1910    1914 Greenville, SC Greenwood, SC 1914 merged into the Piedmont & Northern Railway.
Greenwood & Augusta Railroad   1872 Never - 1877 Augusta, GA Greenwood, SC 1877, re-organized as the Augusta, Knoxville & Greenwood Railroad.
Greenwood, Anderson & Western Railway   1895 1895 55 mi 1898 Seivern, SC Allendale, SC Was the Carolina Midland Railroad. 1897, in receivership. 1898, one line re-organized as the Seivern & Knoxville Railroad. 1898, one line reverted back to being the Carolina Midland Railroad.
Greenwood, Laurens & Spartanburg Railroad   1880  1885 65 mi 1886 Greenwood, SC Spartanburg, SC 1886, the 225-mile PR&WC was created by the merger of the Augusta & Knoxville Railroad, the Savannah Valley Railroad, the Greenville & Laurens Railroad, and the Greenwood, Laurens & Spartanburg Railroad. It was controlled by the Central of Georgia, which had financed the constituent lines.
Hampton & Branchville Railroad HB 1889 1895 45 mi Still Ops Hampton, SC Canadys, SC 1899, renamed to the North & South Short Line Railway. Apparently negated and never took this name.
Hartsville Railroad HRR  1884 1889 11 mi 1895 Hartsville, SC Floyd, SC 1895, acquired by the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad.  1897, merged into Atlantic Coast Line of SC.
Horry County Railroad HCYR 1984 1984 15 mi 1987 Conway, SC Myrtle Beach, SC Bought from CSX by the county. Originally, the Conway Seashore Railroad then the Conway, Coast & Western Railroad. Sold to Waccamaw Coast Line in 1987.
International Paper Company Railroad IPCX     5 mi   Sampit, SC Moyd, SC  
Kings Mountain Railroad    1848 1852 23 mi 1873 Chester, SC Yorkville, SC 1873, merged into the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Guage Railroad
Lancaster & Chester Railway LC 1896 1896 29 mi Still Ops Lancaster, SC Chester, SC Was the Cheraw & Chester Railroad.  Additional track purchased in 2001, for a total of 60 miles of track.
Laurens Railroad / Railway   1847  1855 31.4 mi  1896 Laurens, SC Newberry, SC On 1855 map of SC. 1896, merged into the Columbia, Newberry & Laurens Railroad. 1924, merged into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Lockhart Railroad   1899 1900 14 mi 1900 Olney, SC Lockhart, SC 1900, part of Southern Railway.
Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Railroad   1836 1842 68 mi 1843 Branchville, SC Columbia, SC Merged into the South Carolina Railroad Company in 1843.  The other states failed to act, so only in SC.  Line from Columbia to Camden (37 mi) opened in 1848 - was called the Branchville & Columbia Railroad.  
Manchester & Augusta Railroad   1870 1889 19 mi 1897 Sumter, SC Denmark, SC 1889, considered part of the Atlantic Coast Line. 1898, merged into the Atlantic Coast Line of SC.
Marion County Railroad MNCY             No info available.
Marion & Southern Railroad - 1907 1908 20 mi 1937 Marion, SC Bennettsville, NC 1912, Raleigh & Charleston Railroad acquired control of this line. 1937, line abandoned.
Newberry & Laurens Railroad - 1885 Never - 1886 Newberry, SC Laurens, SC December 24, 1886, name changed to Columbia, Newberry & Laurens Railroad.
Newberry, Whitmire & Augusta Railroad   1906 Never - 1910 Whitmire, SC Augusta, GA 1910, name changed to the Augusta Northern Railroad.
Norfolk Southern Railway NS 1982           1982 merger of Southern Railway with Norfolk & Western Railroad.
North & South Carolina Railroad / Railway   1899 1909 75 mi 1914 Gibson, NC Poston, SC 1908, re-organized as the North & South Carolina Railway. 1909, Gibson, NC to Dillon, SC, Mullins later in 1909, to Poston by 1911. 1910, took over line from Hamlet to Gibson. 1914, merged into the Carolina, Atlantic & Western Railroad. 1915, merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Northeastern Railroad   1851 1856 31.4 mi 1897 Charleston, SC Florence, SC 1882, considered part of the Atlantic Coast Line.
Acquired by Atlantic Coast Line of South Carolina in 1898.
Northwestern Railroad of South Carolina   1899 1899 30 mi 1935 Wilson, SC Summerton, SC Was the Wilson & Summerton Railroad. 1901, with help from the Atlantic Coast Line, it extended operations from Sumter to Camden.
St. Paul, SC Sumter, SC
Sumter, SC Camden, SC
Ohio River & Charleston Railway   1896 1896 110 mi 1902 Blacksburg, SC Camden, SC Was the Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad.  1899, re-organized as the South Carolina & Georgia Extension Railroad.
Orangeburg Railway   1911  1912 17 mi 1920 Orangeburg, SC North, SC -
Palmetto Railroad / Railway   1882 1887 18 mi  1900 Hamlet, NC Cheraw, SC 1887, leased by the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railway, and considered to be part of the new Seaboard Air Line Railway system, which was not yet fully mature. 1895, re-organized as Palmetto Railway. 1900, acquired by Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Paroda Railroad   1906 1908 5 mi 1930 Durwood, SC Lanes, SC Primarily a logging line, but also a passenger line.
Pee Dee River Railroad PDRR  1982   20 mi   McColl, SC Bennettsville, SC Subsidiary of the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad, which acquired this line from Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in 1982.
Marlboro Mills
Piedmont & Northern Railway 1910 1911 89 mi 1969 Spartanburg, SC Greenwood, SC 1969, merged into the Seaboard Coast Line.
12 mi Belton, SC Anderson, SC
Pickens Railroad / Railway PRR 1890 1898 8.5 mi Still Ops Easley, SC Olenoy Gap, SC Only 8.5 miles built, ended at Pickens. Second line from Anderson to Honea Path (28.5 mi) acquired from Norfolk Southern in 1990.
Anderson, SC Honea Path, SC
Plant System - 1879 1880 in SC   1902 - - Purchased several SC railroads in the 1880s. Acquired by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1902.
Port Royal Railroad PRYL 1857 1870 111.5 mi 1878 Port Royal, SC Augusta, GA Control went to the Georgia Railroad in May 1873, failed in November 1873, and sold in 1878 to the new Port Royal & Augusta Railroad.
Port Royal Railroad #2 PRYL  1985     2006 Port Royal, SC Yemassee, SC Saved by SC State Ports Authority for local interests, opened and managed by SC Public Railways Commission until 2006, when it was purchased by a private owner and renamed the Beaufort Railroad Company.
Port Royal & Augusta Railroad   1878 1878 111.5 mi 1896 Port Royal, SC Augusta, GA Was the Port Royal Railroad. 1896, acquired by the Charleston & Western Carolina Railway. 1897, merged into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of South Carolina.
Port Royal & Western Carolina Railway   1886 1886 217 mi 1896

Augusta, GA
Greenwood, SC
McCormick, SC
Greenville, SC

Greenwood, SC
Spartanburg, SC
Anderson, SC
Laurens, SC
1886, the merger of three RRs owned in SC by the Georgia Railroad and Bank Company - the Augusta & Knoxville Railroad, the Greenwood, Laurens & Spartanburg Railroad, the Greenville & Laurens Railroad - plus the Savannah Valley Railroad owned in SC. 1896, all SC assets re-organized as the Charleston & Western Carolina Railway. 1897, the Atlantic Coast Line of SC gained control.
Port Terminal Railroad PRT  1976   1 mi   Charleston, SC Charleston, SC  
Port Utilities Commission Railroad PUCC  1976   4 mi   Charleston, SC Charleston, SC  
Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad   1871 1877 18 mi 1900 NC/SC Line Cheraw, SC This North Carolina railroad never built any tracks in South Carolina. 1887, leased the Palmetto Railroad, which provided the first entry of the Seaboard Air Line Railway sytem into South Carolina..
Raleigh & Charleston Railroad   1905 1905 40 mi 1911 NC/SC Line Marion, SC Was the Carolina Northern Railroad. 1911, purchased by the Seaboard Air Line Railway. Line abandoned in 1941 (?).
Raleigh & Gaston Railroad   1835 1840 -- 1900 Raleigh, NC Gaston, NC 1899, acquired the Chesterfield & Kershaw Railroad and the Georgia, Carolina & Northern Railway in South Carolina. Never built any tracks in South Carolina. 1900, merged into the Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Richmond & Danville Railroad   1847 1870   1894     Owned the Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Railroad, Atlanta & Richmond Air Line Railroad, Charlotte, and Columbia & Augusta Railroad. In South Carolina from 1870 to 1894, when it was merged into Southern Railway.
Rockingham Railroad   1910  1911 15 mi 1922 NC/SC Line Breeden, SC 1922, acquired by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Rockton & Rion Railroad     1897 11.5 mi 1978 Rockton, SC Rion, SC 1967, the Heyward family sold the line to Martin Marrietta Aggregate, which ceased its operations in 1978. In 1984, they donated it to the South Carolina Railroad Museum, Inc., who renamed it the Rockton, Rion & Western Rail Road (RRWX).
Savannah & Charleston Railroad   1866 1869 94 mi 1880 Charleston, SC Savannah, GA Was the Charleston & Savannah Railroad. 1879,
in receivership. 1880, acquired by Plant Systems and
re-organized as the Charleston & Savannah Railway.
Savannah, Florida & Western Railway   1879 1880 138 mi 1902 Charleston, SC
Ehrhardt, SC
8-Mile T.O
Savannah, GA
Green Pond, SC
Stono, SC
Owned and operated by Plant Systems. 1901, acquired
the Ashley River Railroad, the Charleston & Savannah
Railway, and the Green Pond, Walterborough & Branchville
Railroad. 1902, acquired by Atlantic Coast
Line Railroad.
Savannah River Site Railroad     1950s ~20 mi   SRS Dunbarton, SC  
Savannah Valley Railroad   1854 / 1878 1885 53 mi 1886 Anderson, SC McCormick, SC Built by the Augusta & Knoxville Railroad in 1885. Operated for one year as the Greenville, Laurens & Spartanburg Railroad. In 1886, merged into the Port Royal & Western Carolina Railroad. 1896, PR&WC merged into the Charleston & Western Carolina Railway. 1897, merged into Atlantic Coast Line.
Seaboard Air Line Railway SAL 1887 1887 60 mi 1967 -- -- In 1946, renamed to Seaboard Air Line Railroad. In 1967, merged with Atlantic Coast Line Railroad to form Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, which was acquired by CSX Transportation, Inc.
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.
Seivern & Knoxville Railroad   1898 1898 9 mi 1899 Perry, SC Seivern, SC 1898, acquired the Perry-Seivern segment from the bankrupt Greenwood, Anderson & Western Railway.  1899, taken over by Southern Railway.
Smoak Tramway   1884  1884   1890 Smoak Mill Branchville, SC Owned by E.T.R. Smoak.  He upgraded his logging line in 1890 and chartered the Branchville & Bowman Railroad.
South & North Carolina Railroad   1891 1891 19 mi 1896 Lucknow, SC Elliott, SC Was the Bishopville Railroad. 1896, acquired by the Manchester & Augusta Railroad and considered to be a part of the Atlantic Coast Line.
South & Western Railroad   1908 Never -- 1909 Spartanburg, SC NC/SC Line 1909, name changed to the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railway of South Carolina.
South Bound Railroad SBRR  1882 1891  106 mi 1894 Columbia, SC Denmark, SC 1894, leased by Florida Central & Peninsular Railroad. 1900, extended line from Columbia to Camden to join up with Seaboard Air Line's Chesterfield & Kershaw Railroad. 1900, acquired by Seaboard Air Line Railway.
Columbia, SC Camden, SC
South Carolina & Georgia Railroad   1894 1894 284 mi 1898 Charleston, SC Hamburgh, SC Was the South Carolina Railway Company. 1898, acquired by the Southern Railway. 1902, pulled into its Carolina Division.
South Carolina & Georgia Extension Railroad   1899 1899 117 mi 1902 NC/SC Line Camden, SC Was the Ohio River & Charleston Railroad. 1902, acquired by Southern Railway - Carolina Division.
South Carolina Central Railway SCRF  1987   90 mi   Cheraw, SC Society Hill, SC Acquired two lines from CSX in 1987 and a third line in 1990.
Florence, SC Bishopville, SC
Laurens, SC E. Greenville, SC
South Carolina Pacific Railway SCP RR 1882 1884 5 mi 1892 Bennettsville, SC NC/SC Line 1884, leased to the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railway of North Carolina. 1892, leased by the Atlantic Coast Line. 1983, merged into the Seaboard Coast Line, this railroad was dissolved.
South Carolina Railroad   1843 1843 243 mi 1881 Charleston, SC Hamburgh, SC The merger of the South Carolina Canal & Railroad Company and the Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Railroad. 1879, in receivership. 1881, re-organized in as the South Carolina Railway.  
South Carolina Railway   1881 1881 243 mi 1894 Charleston, SC Hamburgh, SC Was the South Carolina Railroad. 1889, in receivership, it was re-organized (again) in 1894 as the South Carolina & Georgia Railroad. 1898, acquired by the Southern Railway.
South Carolina Western Railway   1910 1910 26.5 mi 1914 Darlington, SC McBee, SC 1910, line opened with 16 miles of track. McBee to Florence 1911, to Sumter, to Timmonsville by 1912. 1914, completed line from Florence to Poston (Pee Dee) to connect to Georgetown & Western RR. 1914, merged into the Carolina, Atlantic & Western Railroad.
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   1872 1879 23.2 mi 1881 Spartanburg, SC Hendersonville,
NC
1855, originally chartered in as the Greenville & French Broad Railroad, due to anticipated costs it was never started due to Civil War. 1881, re-organized as the Asheville & Spartanburg Railroad, managed by the Richmond & Danville Railroad from 1881 to 1895. 1895, leased by Southern Railway. 1902, acquired by Southern Railway.
Spartanburg & Union Railroad   1847  1855 68 mi 1878 Spartanburg, SC Alston, SC 1878, re-organized as the Spartanburg, Union & Columbia Railroad.
Spartanburg, Union & Columbia Railroad   1878  1878 68 mi 1894 Spartanburg, SC Alston, SC Was the Spartanburg & Union Railroad. 1881-1894, part of the Richmond & Danville Railroad System. 1894, acquired by Southern Railway.
Summerville & St. John's Railroad         1897 Summerville, SC St. Johns, SC Acquired by Atlantic Coast Line of South Carolina in 1897. Cannot find on any maps.
(?)
Sumter & Wateree River Railroad S&WR RR 1898 1899 16 mi 1899 Middleton, SC Sumter, SC Built and owned by the South Carolina & Georgia Railroad. This RR started out as the Sumter & Wateree RR in 1882, and it struggled with several amended charters to grant more time for construction.
Union & Glenn Springs Railroad   1899 1900 22 mi 1922 Union, SC Glenn Springs, SC 1905, in receivership. 1922, re-organized as the Buffalo Union-Carolina Railroad.
Waccamaw Coast Line Railroad WCLR  1987 1987 15 mi 1990s Conway, SC Myrtle Beach, SC Was the Horry County Railroad.
Walterborough & Western Railroad   1894 1896 26 mi 1900 Walterboro, SC Ehrhardt, SC 1900, along with the Green Pond, Walterboro & Branchville Railroad, merged into the Green Pond, Walterborough & Branchville Railroad.
Ware Shoals Railroad   1908 1908 5.2 mi 1985 Ware Shoals, SC Shoals Junction, SC Built by Southern Railway in 1908. 1985,
operations ceased. Track removed 1987.
Williamsburg Railroad   1876 Never - 1878 Lanes, SC Sumter, SC 1878, acquired by Central Railroad of South Carolina.
Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad   1887 1870 124 mi 1897 Wilmington, NC Columbia, SC Was the Wilmington & Carolina Railroad. Never reached Augusta. 1871, with the North Carolina Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, created the Atlantic Coast Line. 1897, merged into the Atlantic Coast Line of SC.
Wilmington & Carolina Railroad   1870 1870 124 mi 1870 Wilmington, NC Manchester, SC Was the Wilmington & Manchester Railroad. 1870, renamed to the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad. Legislative Act did not confirm until 1887.
Wilmington & Conway Railroad   1895 1895 25.1 mi. 1896 NC/SC Line Conway, SC Simply a renaming of the Wilmington, Chadbourn & Conway Railroad. 1896, acquired by the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad. 1897, merged into Atlantic Coast Line of SC.
Wilmington & Manchester Railroad   1846 1854 124 mi 1870 Wilmington, NC Manchester, SC 1870, re-organized as the Wilmington & Carolina Railroad. 1887, re-organized as the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.
Wilmington, Chadbourn & Conway Railroad   1885  1887  25.1 mi 1895 NC/SC Line Conway, SC Was the unfinished Wilmington, Chadbourn & Conwayborough Railroad. 1895, re-organized as the Wilmington & Conway Railroad. 1897, merged into Atlantic Coast Line of SC.
Wilson & Summerton Railroad   1888 1889 21.5 mi 1899 Wilson, SC Summerton, SC W&S also used tracks of CS&N RR. 1895, merged in the Charleston & Northern Railroad. 1896, considered to be part of the Atlantic Coast Line. 1899, renamed to the Northwestern Railroad of South Carolina. 1901, officially merged into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.


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