North Carolina Railroads - Street Railways - Goldsboro

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The following two (2) known "Street Railways" were operational in the city of Goldsboro from 1910 to 1920, when the last line ceased operations.

Goldsboro Traction Company

Year Chartered

Year Operational

Year Ended

Length of Line

1910

1910

1912

3.25 miles

The Goldsboro Traction Company, with the involvement of outside investors, operated an electric streetcar system in Goldsboro from 1910 to 1912.

In July of 1909, the Electric Traction Weekly Volume 5 reported that "E.T. Oliver, manager of the Goldsboro Traction Company, of Goldsboro, NC, writes that the company has completed 2-1/2 miles of its proposed street car system in that city and is in the market for rolling stock. It will be glad to receive quotations on both open and closed cars, also trailers. It will want at once at least two single truck cars of one type or the other."

Per the 12th Annual Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission, dated December 31, 1910, the Goldsboro Traction Company operated two (2) streetcars on two (2) miles of track, all within the city limits of Goldsboro. The company had fifteen (15) employees that served 49,875 passengers in the year of 1910. The original company officers were: E.T. Oliver of Raleigh as President & Manager, and J.S. Oliver of Goldsboro as Secretary, Treasurer, and Superintendent.

Goldsboro Electric Railroad / Railway Company

Year Chartered

Year Operational

Year Ended

Length of Line

1915

1916

1920

5 miles

The Goldsboro Electric Railroad Company, with all officers and directors from Goldsboro, purchased the Goldsboro Traction Company and expanded the system from 1916 to 1920 to five miles of track.

The Electric Railway Journal of April 24, 1915 reported: "Goldsboro Electric Railroad. Chartered in North Carolina presumably to succeed the Goldsboro Street Railway and to acquire street railways, and also to build lines in or adjacent to Goldsboro within a 50 mile radius of Goldsboro. Capital stock, $25,000. Incorporators: G.S. Dewey, Leslie Well, and Joseph E. Robinson."

The Electric Railway Journal of September 9, 1916 reported: "Goldsboro (NC) Electric Railway.—This company reports that it has just completed the construction of 1-1/2 miles of new track."

Per the 18th Annual Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission, dated December 31, 1916, the Goldsboro Electric Railway Company operated six (6) passenger cars on 3.6 miles of track, all within the city limits of Goldsboro. The company had eight (8) employees that served 153,752 passengers in the year of 1916. The original company officers were: G.S. Dewey of Goldsboro as President; W.E. Stroud of Goldsboro as Secretary; J.M. Allen of Goldsboro as Treasurer; and, R. Harold Smith of Goldsboro as Manager & Superintendent.

The Electric Railway Journal of February 1, 1919 reported: "Goldsboro (NC) Electric Railway—A report from this company states that it will reconstruct 1 mile of track in 1919."

The Electric Railway Journal of March 1, 1919 reported: "Goldsboro (NC) Electric Railway expects to purchase this year two single-truck closed cars."

The Electric Railway Journal of January 1, 1921 reported that the Goldsboro Electric Railway has ceased operations on its entire line of five (5) miles in 1920. This was listed in a table showing the electric railway lines that had ceased operations but had not beeen permanently abandoned or ripped up.

The Electric Railway Journal of October 22, 1921 reported: "The city of Goldsboro, NC, recently bought all the outstanding stock in the Goldsboro Street Railway, and this railway will be operated in the future under municipal management. The line was discontinued in October, 1920. New equipment has been ordered."



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