North Carolina Railroads - Carolina Southern Railroad


Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point




Still Operational

Whiteville, NC Chadbourn, NC

Mullins, SC Conway, SC

1995 acquired two lines from CSX Transportation, Inc.

Carolina Southern Railroad operates freight service from a CSX connection in Mullins, South Carolina to Whiteville, North Carolina, 37 miles. A branch runs from Chadbourn, North Carolina to Conway, South Carolina, 38.9 miles. Total miles operated is more than 76. Traffic includes coal, lumber, stone, brick, and fertilizer, some 15,000 cars yearly.

The main line was built by the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta and Wilmington & Manchester railroads. The Conway branch was built by the Wilmington, Chadbourn & Conway Railroad. All three railroads became part of the Atlantic Coast Line System.

CSX sold the line to Duval Transportation and service began on March 28, 1987. Duval was renamed Mid-Atlantic Railroad on November 4, 1987. Mid-Atlantic was sold on February 7, 1995 to the current operator and renamed Carolina Southern Railroad. The company is owned by Ken Pippin.

The Carolina Southern Railroad also operates the Waccamaw Coast Line.

Towns on Route (in NC):

Line #1 - Whiteville to Mullins:



Cerro Gordo

Fair Bluff

NC/SC State Line

Line #2 - Chadbourn to Conway:



Tabor City

NC/SC State Line

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