North Carolina Railroads - Asheville & Craggy Mountain Railroad

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

A&CM RR

1889

1890

1906*

Asheville, NC

Craggy Mountain, NC
*1906 - Leased by Southern Railway. Abandoned in the 1970s.
Organized on July 22, 1890 under Act of the North Carolina Legislature ratified March 11, 1889.

This line ran north from Asheville along the French Broad River until it reached Beaver Dam. An amended charter in 1903 allowed for an extension across the French Broad River towards Burnsville in Yancey County and on to the TN/NC State Line, if the company chose to go that far. However, only seven (7) miles of track were actually laid.

From 1890 to 1892, the line had 2-1/2 miles of track from Chestnut Street in Asheville to the city limits (at that time) and the Golf Club Station, and only operated during summer months. From 1897 to 1900, this line was abandoned, then acquired by a new private owner. The line was rebuilt and converted to electric locomotives. By 1902, it was extended to Locust Gap, and this 1-1/2 mile addition was served by steam locomotives.

In April 1906, Southern Railway acquired control through stock acquisition.

Towns on Route:

Asheville

Craggy Mountain (not a town)

From the Eighteenth Annual Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission, dated December 31, 1916, with a Compilation of Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1916:

President ......................................... J.F. Hays .............................................. Brevard, NC
Secretary ........................................ F.S. Wynn ............................................ New York, NY
Treasurer ........................................ H.C. Ansley .......................................... Washington, DC
Auditor ........................................... A.H. Plant ............................................. Washington, DC

Road Operated:
Craggy, NC ................................................. End of Line, Burnsville Road, NC ................ 2.26 miles
Connection with A&C Mtn. Railroad ............ Glenn's Creek, NC ...................................... 2.18 miles
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - -- - - - - -- - Total 4.44 miles

Capital Stock .................................................................................................................... $24,200.00
Cost of Road .................................................................................................................... $20.523.15
Cost of Equipment ................................................................................................................$6,075.00

Employees ........................................................................................................................... 16



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