South Carolina Railroads - Atlanta & Richmond Air Line Railway

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

A&R RR

1870

1873

1877*

Charlotte, NC

Atlanta, GA
* 1874 - Bankrupt. 1877, reorganized as the Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Railway.
+ 1870 - Merger of the Air Line Railroad and the Georgia Air Line Railroad (GA company).

The Atlanta & Richmond Air Line was organized in North Carolina in 1870, combining the Georgia Air Line Railroad Company and the Air Line Railroad Company of South Carolina.

It was controlled by the Richmond and Danville Railroad. The R&D planned to build a line from Charlotte, NC to Atlanta, GA but could not do so under its own name due to limitations in its charter.

The first fifty-three (53) miles out of Atlanta were finished by 1871. In 1872, the R&D extended its credit to guarantee the last stages of construction. The entire line was completed in September of 1873.

The company entered receivership in November of 1874 and was sold under foreclosure in December of 1876. The new bondholders re-organized the line as the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railway in February of 1877.

Towns on Route (in SC):

NC/SC State Line

Kings Mountain

Whitaker (1874)

Harmony > Blacks Station (1873) > Blacks (1887) > Blacksburg (1889)

Clarksville

Hurricane Shoals (1876) > Cowpens (1880)

Spartanburg C.H. > Spartanburg (1887)

Welford (1873) > Wellford (1883)

Vernonsville > Duncans (1881) > Duncan (1907)

Greer's Depot (1873) > Greer (1901)

Chicks Springs > Taylors (1904)

Greenville C.H. > Greenville (1888)

Pickensville > Easley (1875)

Liberty (1873)

Centre (1873) > Central (1879)

Keowee

Seneca (1873)

Claremont

Westminster (1874)

Horse Shoe

Fort Madison (1877) > Cleveland (1887) > Fort Madison (1892) > Madison (1904)

SC/GA State Line



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