South Carolina Railroads - Street Railways

In 1861, the South Carolina State Legislature passed two Acts, granting charters to the Charleston City Railway and to the Citizens Line Railway of Charleston. From that year until 1913, South Carolina chartered sixty-eight (68) more "Street Railways" in twenty-two (22) different towns and cities. As shown below, thirty-three (33) of these seventy (70) chartered Street Railways never materialized and only nine (9) known towns / cities within South Carolina actually had working systems, as described in the links below. Click Here for an alphabetical listing of all thirty-four (34) known street railways that became operational in South Carolina.

The State of South Carolina also constructed several "Interurban Railways" that were powered by electricity and operated between two or more towns. These are the Augusta & Aiken Railway, the Charleston-Isle of Palms Traction Company, and the Piedmont & Northern Railway - all described in the regular passenger and freight railroads of South Carolina. Click Here to go to the regular passenger and freight railroads of South Carolina.

South Carolina Cities and towns with Operational Street Railways

Anderson

Charleston

Columbia

Gaffney

 

Greenville
 

Moultrieville

Orangeburg

Rock Hill

Spartanburg

Street Railways Chartered but No Evidence They Were Built

City / Town

Name of Street Railway

Year Chartered

Anderson

Anderson Street Railway

1892

Barnwell

Barnwell Street Railway & Real Estate Company

1891

Blacksburg

Blacksburg Street Railway & Electric Light Company

1889

Brookland

Brookland Street Railway

1896

Charleston

Citizens Line Railway of Charleston

1861

Charleston

Charleston & Sullivan's Island Island Railway

1874

Charleston

King Street & Cross Town Railway

1885

Charleston

West End Railway

1891

Charleston

Charleston Electric Street Railway

1894

Charleston

Metropolitan Street Railway

1894

Charleston

Magnolia Traction, Light & Power Company

1902

Charleston

Charleston & St. Andrews Railway

1906

Charleston to Summerville

Charleston, Suburban & Summerville Railway

1901

Charleston to Summerville

Charleston & Summerville Electric Railway

1905

Charleston to Summerville

Charleston & Summerville Interurban Railway

1912

Chester

Chester Street Railway Company

1888

Columbia

Columbia City Railway

1876

Columbia

Suburban Transit Company

1906

Due West

Henry Tramway

1885

Due West

Due West & Donalds Tramway

1889

Florence

Florence Street & Suburban Railway

1892

Georgetown

Georgetown Railway & Light Company

1909

Greenville

Greenville Electric Railway

1890

Greenville

Greenville Railway & Power Company

1892

Greenville

Greenville Interurban Railway

1907

Greenville to Spartanburg

Greenville & Spartanburg Railway

1910

Lexington

Lexington Electric Railway

1898

Lexington to Columbia

Lexington & Columbia Railway

1902

Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant & Seaview City Railway

1885

Spartanburg

Spartanburg Belt Electric Railway

1891

Summerville

Summerville Railway Company

1901

Walhalla

Street Railway of Walhalla

1878

Walterboro

Walterboro Railroad or Tramway

1878
The above are the street railways known to have been chartered but never built, all based upon the South Carolina legislative Acts from 1827 to 1922. This Author has not been able to locate decent copies of the legislative Acts from 1923 through 2010. From other sources, such as the Electric Railway Journal periodicals and books, such as Thomas Fetters' book entitled "Palmetto Traction - Electric Railways of South Carolina" (1978), the following known towns either chartered or publicly announced plans to build street railways, but these never materialized: Abbeville (1911), Camden (1911), Clemson College (1909), Goose Creek (1907), Greenwood (1911), Newberry (1910), St. Matthews (1908), Sumter (1905 & 1907), Union (1904), and Winnsboro (1903).


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