North Carolina Railroads - Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

A&R RR

1892

1892

Still Operational

Aberdeen, NC

Rockfish, NC

+ 1987 acquired the Dunn & Erwin Railroad from CSX Transportation, Inc.

+ 1987 leased from Marlboro County, SC the Pee Dee River Railroad

Chartered on June 22, 1892 by local native John Blue, the line was originally planned to go from Blue's Crossing (renamed to Aberdeen) to the Rockfish Creek area in Cumberland County, North Carolina. The line pushed further east through rural North Carolina communities: Raeford in 1898, Dundarrach in 1901, the community called Rockfish in 1902, Fenix in 1904, and Hope Mills in 1905. Until 1891, when lumber mills were constructed at Hope Mills, this community was also known as Rockfish.

In 1912, with most of the trees cut down and the turpentine business waning, the A&R abandoned its Endon line and used the rails to build a branch from Raeford south to Wagram. At about the same time the ACL-backed Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company, another short line to the south and east of the A&R, was building a rail line north toward Raeford and Fayetteville, one of the largest trading centers in the southeastern North Carolina. Had the A&R not built south to meet the L&S, it could have found itself stifled.

Passenger service was provided by a daily train leaving Aberdeen in the morning, arriving in Fayetteville at midday, and returning in the evening. In addition, a mixed train originating in Fayetteville operated on a schedule opposite the passenger train. One round trip was made daily down the Wagram branch.

John Blue sold the Raeford-Wagram line to the Laurinburg & Southern Railroad in November 1921, a deal that provided badly needed cash to keep the A&R going.

In October of 1987, the A&R became the parent road for the Pee Dee River Railway Corp., a 15-mile line between McColl and Marlboro just across the border in South Carolina. Marlboro County purchased the line following CSX abandonment and leased the operation to the A&R's Pee Dee River subsidiary.

In December of 1987, the A&R purchased the 5.6 mile long Dunn-Erwin Railroad, the southernmost stem of the former Durham & Southern Railway, which joined CSX predecessor Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in 1976. Following the closing of Erwin Mills, the line was abandoned.

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Towns on Route (in NC):

Aberdeen

Ashley Heights (1919)

Sanatorium (1914) > McCain 1948)

Timberland

Raeford

Upchurch Siding

Dundarrach

Rock Fish > Joford (1884-1902)

Rockfish (1900)

Cliffdale

Skibo Junction

Fayetteville

Line #2 - Raeford to Wagram (Sold to L&S in 1909):

Raeford

Fontcol > Wagram (1910)

Line #3 - Dunn to Erwin (1987):

Dunn

Erwin

The Sixth Annual Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission for the Year Ending December 31, 1904, with Compilations from Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1904, includes the route of the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad, including mileage:

Stations in Order (40 miles):

Aberdeen
Leavitt
Endor Junction
Montrose
Timberland
Raeford
Dundarrock
Arabia
Rockfish
Hope Mills Junction
Tree Face
Hope Mills

The Thirteenth Annual Report of the North Carolina Commission for the Year Ending December 31, 1911, with Compilations from Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1911, includes the routes of the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad

Aberdeen to Hope Mills (40 miles):
Aberdeen
Leavitts
Endon Junction
Sanatorium Siding
Montrose
Timberland
Pine Forest
Thomas Siding
Raeford
Oakdale Siding
McPhauls Siding
Dundarroch
Arabia
Lakefield
Hunts Siding
McEnnis Siding
Rockfish
Hope Mills Junction
Andrews Siding
Hope Mills

Raeford to Wagram (12 miles):
Raeford
Covington's Siding
Walters
McNeill's Siding
Edinburg
Purcell's Siding
Wagram

Hope Mills Junction to Treefall (3 miles):
Hope Mills Junction
Townsend's Siding
Treefall



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