North Carolina Railroads - High Point, Thomasville & Denton Railroad

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

HPT&D RR

1923

1924

Still Operational

High Point, NC

High Rock, NC


Engine No. 201 - 1957
+ 1923 - Company organized on May 11, 1923 under the laws of North Carolina.
Owned by the Winston-Salem Southbound Railroad, which is jointly owned by CSX Transportation, Inc. and Norfolk Southern Railway
This line was previously the Carolina & Yadkin River Railroad

The High Point, Thomasville & Denton Railroad operates from High Point through Thomasville and Denton to a junction with the Winston-Salem Southbound Railway at High Rock, NC.

The company, founded in 1923, is owned by the Winston-Salem Southbound Railway, which is jointly owned by CSX and Norfolk Southern.

Commodities carried by the railroad are forest products, paper products, chemicals, brick, coal, cement, and furniture. This railroad transports over 332,000 tons annually. 

The Carolina & Yadkin River Railroad was forced into bankruptcy and put up for sale on May 7, 1923. The citizens of High Point and Thomasville purchased it for $125,000 and on May 11th, it was rechartered as the High Point, Thomasville & Denton Railroad.

The first officers were C.F. Tomlinson - President; R.B. Terry - Vice President; O.A. Kirkman - Secretary, Treasurer and General Manager. The old Carolina & Yadkin River Railroad was in such poor condition that even a motor car could not be operated on the line. The new company quickly replaced the old 35-pound rail with 80, 90, and 100 pound rail. It purchased a used locomotive for track reconstruction.

Much of the early days were spent securing financing and collecting money on the stock already sold to local citizens. In order to avoid a bad reputation, the new owners decided not to open the line until the entire road was rebuilt and made reliable for ontime service. It was officially opened for business on July 1, 1924.

The company succeeded primarily due to excellent cooperation of the connecting railroads - the Winston-Salem Southbound Railroad, the Norfolk & Western Railroad, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, the Seaboard Air Line Railway, and the original Norfolk Southern Railroad.

The company faced significant competition from the burgeoning trucking industry as the post war years wore on. In 1960, the Winston-Salem Southbound Railway purchased this company and made it a subsidiary. It is currently operated as an independent line.

Towns on Route:

High Point

Thomasville

Light

Gordontown

Cid

Snider

Denton

Jackson Hill

High Rock

The Twenty-Second Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission for the Biennial Period, 1923-1924, with a Compilation of Railroad Returns for the Years Ending December 31, 1922 and 1923:

President ............................................... C.F. Tomlinson ....................................... High Point, NC
General Manager or Superintendent ....... O. Arthur Kirkman .................................. High Point, NC
Secretary/Treasurer ............................... O. Arthur Kirkman .................................. High Point, NC
Traffic Manager ..................................... O. Arthur Kirkman .................................. High Point, NC

Road Operated - High Point, NC to High Rock, NC ............................................... 34.81 miles

Capital Stock ........................................................................................................... $1,000,000.00
Cost of Road & Equipment (Court Sale) ...................................................................... $125,000.00



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