North Carolina Railroads - Carolina Railroad


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Lenoir, NC

Chester, SC
*1874 merged with Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad during construction.

In the 1850s, the Kings Mountain Railroad was created, with 5' broad gauge track - from Yorkville to Chester Court House in South Carolina. Completely destroyed by the Union Army during the Civil War, it was never rebuilt and lay abandoned for almost eight years until the charter of the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad was issued in 1873.

At the same time in North Carolina, the Carolina Railroad (aka Carolina Narrow Gauge Railroad) was chartered with a similar objective, so the two new companies "danced" for a year until they hammered out a decent merger, completed on April 3, 1874.

Both companies had started surveys and roadbed grading, and by the time the merger was inked both were commencing road construction. Convict labor brought the line to Yorkville in March of 1875, and by June of 1876 the line had reached Gastonia, North Carolina - all under the name of Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad.

For towns, see Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad. aka Carolina Narrow Gauge Railroad

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