North Carolina Railroads - Palmetto Railroad / Railway


Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point





Cheraw, SC

Hamlet, NC
* 1900 acquired by Seaboard Air Line Railway.
+ 1899 - Consolidation into SAL authorized by NC legislative Act of February 16, 1899.
+ 1895 - Reorganized as the Palmetto Railway.
+ 1894 - Leased and managed by the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad. At this time, pulled into the new Seaboard Air Line system.
+ 1882 - Chartered in South Carolina on December 21, 1882. Chartered in North Carolina on February 7, 1883.

From the 1st Annual Report of the North Carolina Railroad Commission, dated December 31, 1891:

The Palmetto Railroad Company was organized January 10, 1884, under the laws of South Carolina, and of North Carolina, Acts of 1883. Road opened from Hamlet, North Carolina, to Cheraw, South Carolina, September, 1887.

Chairman of the Board--------------- Joseph P. Brinton-------------------- Philadelphia, PA.
President------------------------------ Joseph P. Brinton-------------------- Philadelphia, PA.
First Vice-President ------------------ P.A. Wellford ----------------------- Richmond, VA.
Secretary------------------------------ C. E. Wellford------------------------ Richmond, VA.
Treasurer ----------------------------- J. B. Winston ------------------------ Richmond, VA.
Auditor-------------------------------- S. G. Godfrey ------------------------Cheraw, SC.
General Manager--------------------- William Moncure..................................Wilmington, NC.

Property Owned:

Palmetto Railroad, from Hamlet to Cheraw, 18.2 miles.

Connected the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad (also acquired by Seaboard Air Line Railway) at Hamlet, NC with the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad (acquired by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1900) at Cheraw, SC. 

The Palmetto Railroad was originally chartered to construct a line from Hamlet, NC to Columbia, SC, however it only built eighteen (18) miles of track from Hamlet, NC to Cheraw, SC to make a connection with the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad. These eighteen miles were constructed from 1885 to 1887, when the short line was operational.

In 1895, the company was reorganized, due to financial difficulties, and renamed to the Palmetto Railway. Although no more contruction was made in this company's name, this branch was later extended to Columbia by Seaboard Air Line to become part of that main line and a principal passenger route between Richmond and Florida.

Towns on Route (in NC):


Osborne (1888) > Carolina Springs (1909) > Osborne #2 (1910)

NC/SC State Line

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