North Carolina Railroads - Clinchfield Railroad

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

CRR

1924

1924

1980s*

TN/NC Line Marion, NC

Marion, NC Spartanburg, SC
*1980s acquired by CSX Transportation, Inc.
+1924 - Leased the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad

The Twenty-Fifth Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission for the Biennial Period, 1929-1930, with Compilations of Railroad Returns for the Years Ending December 31, 1928 and 1929, provides the following:

Clinchfield Railroad Company is the designation of lessees operating organization, is not incorporated, and operates the properties of Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railway; Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railway Company of South Carolina and Clinchfield Northern Railway of Kentucky leased jointly to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company and Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company under lease dated October 16, 1924, authorized by the Interstate Commerce Commission in Finance Docket No. 3131.

General Manager .......................................... L.H. Phetteplace .................................. Erwin, TN
General Solicitor ........................................... J.J. McLoughlin .................................... Erwin, TN
Treasurer ...................................................... John W. Sanders .................................. Erwin, TN
Purchasing Agent .......................................... W.A. Starritt ......................................... Erwin, TN
General Auditor ............................................ Chas. Hewett ........................................ Erwin, TN
Gen. Frt. & Pass. Agt.................................... C.A. Smith ............................................ Erwin, TN

On October 16, 1924, the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad entered into a lease with the Atlantic Coast Line and the Louisville & Nashville railroads. The joint lease was for a period of 999 years. Prior to the lease signing, a new corporation was formed as an operating company to control the assets of the three railroads that actually comprised the CC&O - the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad, the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio of South Carolina, and the Clinchfield & Northern Railway of Kentucky. This new operating company was named the Clinchfield Railroad Corporation on December 1, 1924.

The new corporation assumed control of the operations from Spartanburg, South Carolina to Elkhorn City, Kentucky, on January 1, 1925, as the Clinchfield Railroad. At this point in time, the Clinchfield Railroad owned ninety-six (96) steam locomotives and 7,754 freight cars.

In 1942, the Clinchfield Railroad initiated one of the most famous and well-received corporate philanthropy programs in the country. In response to World War II raging overseas, the railroad extended a symbolic gesture to the impoverished population along the Appalachians by sending a Santa Claus train throughout the region. The first Santa Claus train was organized to bring toys and gifts to the children that year. Candy and gifts are distributed to between 25,000 and 35,000 children each year, and each got to see Santa along the way.

Soon after CSX Transporation, Inc. was created in 1986, this new mega-railroad finally purchased the Clinchfield Railroad and merged it into their large operation.

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Towns on Route (in NC):

NC/TN State Line

Poplar

Relief

Huntdale

Webb

Green Mountain

Red Hill

Forbes

Toecane

Lunday

Kona

Wing

Penland

Spruce Pine

Altapass

Mount Mitchell

Ashford

Pitts

Sevier

Woodlawn

Hankins

Marion

Nealsville

Vein Mountain

Thermal City

Union Mills

Bostic

Harris

NC/SC State Line



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