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         1870     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.
Alcolu Railroad   1902 1910 32 mi 1936 Alcolu, SC Olanta, SC  
Asheville & Spartanburg Railroad   1881     ~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.  Assume before 1900.
Ashley River Railroad     1877 7 mi 1900 Stono, SC Drayton, SC Operated by the Charleston & Savannah Railroad. Merged into Atlantic Coast Line before 1900.
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.
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 1898     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 1900, it was allowed to merge into the overall Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Augusta & Knoxville Railroad   1880 1882 ~68 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 - 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 Northern Railroad     1912 12 mi 1941 Ward, SC Saluda, SC  
Bamberg, Erhardt & Walterboro Railroad   1901     1902 Bamberg, SC Walterboro, SC Was the Green Pond, Walterborough & Branchville Railroad.  Acquired by Atlantic Coast Line in 1902.
Barnwell Railroad   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.
Bennettsville & Cheraw Railroad     <1917   <1917 Bennettsville, SC Cheraw, SC Merged into Atlantic Coast Line (when?).  Assume 1910s.
Berkeley Railroad     ~1891 10 mi 1906 Moncks Corner, SC Chicora, SC  
Bishopville Railroad BISC   <1892 19 mi 1900 Lucknow, SC Elliott, SC Owned by the Manchester & Augusta Railroad.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line by 1900. One map indicates that this line was once called the South & North Carolina Railroad (1908), but no other reference to that name can be found anywhere else. Probably meant the North & South Carolina Railroad.
Blackville, Alston, & Newberry Railroad   1886 1888 19 mi 1895 Blackville, SC Seivern, SC Trackage rights were obtained from the Seivern and Knoxville Railroad to connect with Columbia in 1898. Reorganized 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-Seivern section was acquired by the newly-formed Seivern & 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 34 mi 1894 Anderson, SC Walhalla, SC Bought by Southern Railways in 1894 and reorganized 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 1890 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 Owned by the Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Railroad.  Merged into the South Carolina Railroad in 1843.
Buffalo, Union-Carolina Railroad     1900   1971 Buffalo, SC Union, SC  
Camden & Branchville Railroad     1848 37 mi 1899 Camden, SC Gadsden, SC Owned by the South Carolina Railroad Company.  Merged into Southern Railway 1899.
Carolina, Atlantic & Western Railway   1914     1915     Acquired the Georgetown & Western Railroad in 1915. Absorbed by Seaboard Air Line later in 1915.  Also acquired the North & South Carolina Railway and the Charleston & Southern 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     1924 Marion, NC 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   1883 23 mi <1898 Aiken, SC Edgefield, SC <1898 sold to the Ohio River & Charleston Railroad.
Carolina, Knoxville & Western Railway     1888 23 mi 1899 Greenville, SC Marietta, SC Abandoned in 1899, resurrected as Greenville & Knoxville Railroad that same year.
Carolina Midland Railway   1891     1899     Merger of the Barnwell Railroad and the Blackville, Alston & Newberry Railroad.  Absorbed by Southern Railway in 1899.  CMR extended the Barnwell line to Allendale in 1891.
Carolina Northern Railroad   1899 1901 40 mi 1902 Lumberton, NC Marion, SC In receivership in 1902. Acquired by the Raleigh & Charleston Railroad in 1905.
Carolina Southern Railroad CALA  1995   76.5 mi   Whiteville, NC Mullins, SC Purchased two lines from CSX in 1995.
Chadbourn, NC Conway, SC
Carolina Western Railroad     1920 6 mi 1937 St. Stephens, SC Halls, SC Freight only. Destroyed when Lake Moultrie built 1939.
Carolina & North-Western Railway   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 & Western Railroad   1902 1912 36 mi 1916 Cummings, SC Tillman, SC Began in 1888 as logging line.
Catawba Valley Railway   1907 1907 22 mi 1907 Great Falls, SC Fort Lawn, SC Merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1906.
Central Railroad of South Carolina     ~1880   >2000 Lane, SC Sumter, SC Extended to Georgetown by ~1880. Leased by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, but not merged into the company until later (after 2000). 
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.  Retained line name until merged into Southern Railway 1899.
Charleston & Northern Railroad   1895     1897     Was the bankrupt Charleston, Sumter & Northern Railroad, owned by Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1897. 
Charleston & Savannah Railroad   1854 1860   1880 Savannah, GA Charleston, SC Bought in 1880 by Plant Systems, and reorganized as Charleston & Savannah Railway.  On 1856 SC Map.
Charleston & Savannah Railway   1880     1902 Savannah, GA Charleston, SC Was the Charleston & Savannah Railroad.  Merged into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1902.
Charleston & Southern Railway   1901  1911   1914 Poston, SC Andrews, SC Bought by Carolina, Atlantic & Western Railway 1914, which was acquired by Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1915.
Charleston & Western Carolina Railway   1896     1897 Augusta, GA Spartanburg, SC Acquired all assets of the Port Royal & Western Carolina Railroad in 1896, after SC deemed the GA company to be illegal in SC.  Bought by Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1897.
Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad   1886 <1891 23 mi 1893 Edgefield, SC Aiken, SC 1893 bankruptcy, sold at auction to be reorganized as the Ohio River & Charleston Railroad.  Sold again in 1902 and renamed to the South & Western Railroad.
Charleston, Sumter & Northern Railroad     1892   1892 St. Paul, SC Sumter, SC Bankrupt in 1892.  Renamed as Charleston & Northern Railroad in 1895.
Charlotte & Columbia Railroad   1846 1852   1852 Charlotte, NC Columbia, SC 1852 reorganized as the Charlotte & South Carolina Railroad.
Charlotte & South Carolina Railroad   1852 1852   1869     Became Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad in 1869.
Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad   1869   ~96 mi 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.
Charlotte, Monroe & Columbia Railroad   1901  1903 18 mi 1915 McBee, SC Jefferson, SC Merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1915.
Cheraw & Chester Railway   1873   55 mi 1896 Cheraw, SC Lancaster, SC Reorganized in 1896 as the Lancaster & Chester Railroad.
Cheraw & Darlington Railroad   1849 1853   1898 Cheraw, SC Florence, SC Acquired the Cheraw & Salisbury Railroad 1892. Merged into the Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1898.
Cheraw & Salisbury Railroad     <1870   1892 Cheraw, SC Wadesboro, NC Acquired by the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad in 1892. Abandoned in the 1970s.
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
Chester, Greenwood & Abbeville Railroad   1885 Never in Ops   1887 Monroe, NC  Atlanta, GA Reorganized as the Georgia, Carolina & Northern Railroad in 1887, which merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1901.
Chesterfield & Kershaw Railroad   <1900 <1900   1900 Cheraw, SC Camden, SC Acquired by Seaboard Air Line Railway by 1900.
Chesterfield & Lancaster Railroad     1907 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     1980s Marion, NC 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   <1869 1869   1869 Columbia, SC Augusta, GA In 1869 merged into the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.
Columbia & Greenville Railroad   1880     1903 Columbia, SC Greenville, SC Was the Greenville & Columbia Railroad.  Acquired by Southern Railway in 1903.
Columbia, Newberry & Laurens Railroad   1885  1891 75 mi 1924     Became part of Atlantic Coast Line in 1924.
Conway & Seacoast Railroad   1899  1900   1904 Conway, SC Myrtle Beach, SC Changed name to Conway, Coast & Western Railroad in 1904.
Conway, Coast & Western Railroad   1904     1984 Myrtle Beach, SC Aynor, SC Was the Conway & Seacoast Railroad.  Acquired from CSX by the Horry County Railroad in 1984. Renamed to the Waccamaw Coast Line in 1987.  Tracks continue to exist, but not in operations.
CSX Transportation, Inc. CSXT 1986           Renaming of Seaboard Coast Line Railroad when it merged with Chessie System Railroad.
Due West Railway     <1917 5 mi 1980s 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.
Edgmoor & Manetta Railroad EM   <1907 5 mi 1975 Edgemoor, SC Wylies Mill, SC Owned/operated by Manetta Mills
Eutawville Railroad   ~1885  ~1888 18 mi 1900 Creston, SC Eutawville, SC Owned by the Manchester & Augusta Railroad.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line by 1900.
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.
Florida Central & Peninsular Railway   1889     1900     Acquired the South Bound Railroad in 1894.  Merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1900.
Georgia, Carolina & Northern Railroad   1887 1892   1900 Monroe, NC Atlanta, GA Acquired the Chester, Greenwood & Abbeville Railroad 1887. 1900 merged into Seaboard Air Line Railway.
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.
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 & Western Railroad GRR 1887     1914 Georgetown, SC Lanes, SC Started out as Georgetown & Lanes Railroad. Bought by Carolina, Atlantic & Western Railroad 1914.
Georgetown & Lanes Railroad   1882  1883   1887 Georgetown, SC Lanes, SC Renamed to Georgetown & Western Railroad in 1887.
Glenn Springs Railroad     1894   <1914 Glenn Springs, SC Roebuck, SC  
Green Pond, Walterboro & Branchville Railroad     1887   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     1901     A merger of the Green Pond, Walterboro & Branchville Railroad and the Walterborough & Western Railroad. Owned and operated by Plant Systems.  Became the Bamberg, Ehrardt &Walterboro Railroad in 1901. Merged into Atlantic Coast Line in 1902.
Greenville & Columbia Railroad   1845 1854 47 mi 1880 Greenville, SC Columbia, SC Acquired the Union & Spartanburg Railroad 1870.  Reorganized in 1880 as the Columbia & Greenville Railroad.
Greenville & French Broad Railroad   1855 Never 0 Never     Due to anticipated costs and the Civil War it was never started. Later, re-envisioned as the Spartanburg & Asheville Railroad.
Greenville & Knoxville Railroad   1899     1914     Acquired the Carolina, Knoxville & Western Railroad in 1899 as it was foundering.  In 1914, again reorganized as the Greenville & Western Railroad.
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 & Western Railway GRLW  2006       Pelzer, SC Belton, SC Spun off by CSX in 2006.
Greenville & Western Railroad   1914     1920     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, Laurens & Spartanburg Railroad     1885 ~65 mi 1886 Greenwood, SC Spartanburg, SC The 225-mile PR&WC was created in 1886 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 1891   45 mi   Hampton, SC Canadys, SC  
Hartsville Railroad     1884 11 mi 1895 Hartsville, SC Floyd, SC Acquired by the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad in 1895.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1898.
Horry County Railroad HCYR 1984     1987 Conway, SC Myrtle Beach, SC Bought from CSX by the county.  Sold to Waccamaw Coast Line in 1987.
International Paper Company Railroad IPCX     5 mi   Sampit, SC Moyd, SC  
Kings Mountain Railroad    1848 1852   1874 Chester, SC Yorkville, SC 1874 purchased by Chester & Lenoir Narrow Guage Railroad
Lancaster & Chester Railway LC 1896 1901 29 mi   Lancaster, SC Chester, SC Was the Cheraw & Chester Railway.  Additional track purchased in 2001, for a total of 60 miles of track.
Laurens Railroad     <1855   1896 Laurens, SC Newberry, SC On 1855 map of SC.  Merged into the Columbia, Newberry & Laurens Railroad in 1896.
Lockhart Railroad   1899 1900 14 mi 1970s Olney, SC Lockhart, SC  
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   1875 1894   1897 Sumter, SC Denmark, SC Merged into the Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1897.
Marion County Railroad MNCY             No info available.
Norfolk Southern Railway NS 1982           1982 merger of Southern Railway with Norfolk & Western Railroad.
North & South Carolina Railway   1908     1914     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.
Northeastern Railroad   1851 1856   1898 Charleston, SC Florence, SC Acquired by Atlantic Coast Line of South Carolina in 1898.
Northwestern Railroad   1899 1901 30 mi 1935 Wilson, SC Summerton, SC Was the Wilson & Summerton Railroad.  With help from the Atlantic Coast Line of SC, it extended operations from Sumter to Camden in 1901.
St. Paul, SC Sumter, SC
Sumter, SC Camden, SC
Ohio River & Charleston Railroad   1893   23 mi 1902 Edgefield, SC Aiken, SC Was the Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad.  Reorganized in 1902 as the South & Western Railroad.
110 mi Blacksburg, SC Camden, SC
Orangeburg Railway   1911  1913 17 mi 1920 Orangeburg, SC North, SC
Palmetto Railroad   1885  1887 18 mi  1900 Hamlet, NC Cheraw, SC Reorganized as Palmetto Railway in 1895. Part of Seaboard Air Line Railway by 1900.
Paroda Railroad   1906 1910   1930 Durwood, SC Lanes, SC Primarily a logging line, but listed as 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 1914 1914 89 mi 1969 Spartanburg, SC Greenwood, SC Merged into SCL in 1969.
12 mi Belton, SC Anderson, SC
Pickens Railway PICK 1892 1898 8.5 mi   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 - - Acquired by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1902.
Port Royal Railroad PRYL 1856 1870 132 mi 1878 Port Royal, SC Yemassee, SC 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     1886     Was the Port Royal Railroad.  Purchased in 1886 by the Port Royal & Western Carolina Railroad.
Port Royal & Western Carolina Railroad   1886     1896     The merger of four RRs owned in SC by the Georgia Railroad and Bank Company - the Augusta & Knoxville Railroad, the Greenville, Laurens & Spartanburg Railroad, the Greenwood, Laurens & Spartanburg Railroad,and the Port Royal & Augusta Railroad, and the Savannah Valley Railroad owned in SC.  All SC assets reorganized as the Charleston & Western Carolina Railway in 1896. Atlantic Coast Line of SC gained control in 1897.
Port Terminal Railroad PRT  1976   1 mi   Charleston, SC Charleston, SC  
Port Utilities Commission Railroad PUCC  1976   4 mi   Charleston, SC Charleston, SC  
Raleigh & Charleston Railroad   1905 1901 40 mi 1911 Lumberton, NC Marion, SC Was the Carolina Northern Railroad.  In 1911, purchased by the Seaboard Air Line Railway. Line abandoned in 1941 (?).
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     <1896   1922 Rockingham, NC Breeden, SC Acquired by Atlantic Coast Line 1922.
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 River Site Railroad     1950s ~20 mi   SRS Dunbarton, SC  
Savannah Valley Railroad     1885 ~55 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.
Seaboard Air Line Railway SAL 1892 1892   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     1899     Acquired the Perry-Seivern segment from the bankrupt Blackville, Alston & Newberry Railroad in 1898.  Taken over by Southern Railway in 1899.
Smoak Tramway     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 & Western Railroad   1902     1908     Was the Ohio River & Charleston Railroad, in 1908 changed its name to the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad.
South Bound Railroad   1887 1891   1894 Columbia, SC Denmark, SC Acquired by Florida Central & Peninsular Railroad in 1894.  Acquired by Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1903.  In 1900, extended line from Columbia to Camden to join up with Seaboard Air Line's Chesterfield & Kershaw Railroad.
Columbia, SC Camden, SC
South Carolina & Georgia Railroad   1894     1899     Was the South Carolina Railway Company.  It was acquired by the Southern Railway in 1899.
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 Railroad     1884   1892 Bennettsville, SC NC/SC Line A subsidiary of the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railway of North Carolina.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line in 1892.
South Carolina Railroad   1843     1881     A merger of the South Carolina Canal & Railroad Company and the Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Railroad. Reorganized in 1881 as the South Carolina Railway.  Built line from Columbia to Camden in 1848. 
South Carolina Railway   1881     1894     Was the South Carolina Railroad.  In receivership in 1889, it was reorganized (again) in 1894 as the South Carolina & Georgia Railroad.
South Carolina Western Railway   1910 1912   1914 Darlington, SC McBee, SC McBee to Florence 1911, to Sumter, to Timmonsville by 1912. 1914, completed line from Florence to Poston (PeeDee) to connect to Georgetown & Western RR. Bought by Carolina, Atlantic & Western Railroad 1914.
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 1886   1881     Originally chartered in 1855 as the Greenville & French Broad Railroad, due to anticipated costs it was never started due to Civil War. Reorganized as the Asheville & Spartanburg Railroad in 1881, managed by the Richmond & Danville Railroad, which was ultimatedly purchased by the Southern Railway.
Spartanburg & Union Railroad   1870  1870   1870     First named the Union & Spartanburg Railroad.  Also acquired by the Greenville & Columbia Railroad at same time - 1870
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   1899 1899   1899 Middleton, SC Sumter, SC Built and owned by the South Carolina & Georgia Railroad.
Union & Spartanburg Railroad   1851  1855   1870 Spartanburg, SC Columbia, SC Acquired by the Greenville & Columbia Railroad - 1870.  Also renamed the Spartanburg & Union Railroad at same time.
Waccamaw Coast Line Railroad WCLR  1987     1990s Conway, SC Myrtle Beach, SC Was the Horry County Railroad.
Walterborough & Western Railroad     1896   1900 Walterboro, SC Ehrhardt, SC Merged into the Green Pond, Walterborough & Branchville Railroad in 1900.
Ware Shoals Railroad   1905 1905 5 mi 1985 Ware Shoals, SC Shoals Junction, SC Built by Southern Railway in 1905.  Track removed 1987.
Williamsburg Railroad         ?     Owned by Central Railroad of South Carolina. Probably the first name of the Charleston & Southern Railway.
Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad   1870 1873   1897 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.  In 1885, it was leased by the Wilmington & Manchester Railraod. Merged into the Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1897.
Wilmington & Conway Railroad         1897     Owned by Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.  Simply a renaming of the Wilmington, Chadbourn & Conway Railroad in 1890s.  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 1897. Merged into the Atlantic Coast Line in 1900.
Wilmington, Chadbourn & Conway Railroad     1887    1897     Owned by the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad.  Merged into Atlantic Coast Line of SC in 1897.
Wilson & Summerton Railroad   1888 1889 21.5 mi 1899 Wilson, SC Summerton, SC W&S also used tracks of CS&N RR.  In 1899, it was renamed the Northwestern Railroad


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