South Carolina Railroads - Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of South Carolina

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

ACL-SC RR

1897*

1897

1900**

Wilmington, NC

Augusta, GA
** 1900 - Merged into the overall Atlantic & Coast Line Railroad.
* Chartered on March 5, 1897 because the state of South Carolina did not permit "foreign" railroads at the time. By 1900, the laws were changed.

The following railroads are known to have been acquired by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of South Carolina in 1897 and early 1898:

+ Central Railroad of South Carolina (leased)
+ Charleston & Northern Railroad.
+ Charleston & Western Carolina Railway.
+ Cheraw & Darlington Railroad.
+ Florence Railroad.
+ Manchester & Augusta Railroad.
+ Northeastern Railroad.
+ South Carolina Pacific Railroad.
+ Wilmington & Conway Railroad.
+ Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad

+ 1890 - The 12th Annual Report of the South Carolina Railroad Commission of 1890 reported that the following South Carolina Railroads were identified as part of the Atlantic Coast Line:

- Central Railroad of South Carolina
- Charleston, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad
- Cheraw & Darlington Railroad
- Cheraw & Salisbury Railroad
- Florence Railroad
- Manchester & Augusta Railroad
- Northeastern Railroad
- Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad

The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of South Carolina was organized on July 16, 1898, nine months after it was chartered. The charter provided that the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad, the Northeastern Railroad, the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad, the Manchester & Augusta Railroad, and the Florence Railroad were to be consolidated, upon each company's stockholder approval. The stockholders voted favorably in July of 1898.

The life of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of South Carolina during its two years of its independent existence was uneventful. The only important fact was the securing of a lease, jointly with the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, of the property of the Georgia Railroad.

The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of South Carolina was absorbed into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad of Virginia on April 21, 1900.

The 22nd Annual Report of the South Carolina Railroad Commissioners of 1900 provided the following list of stations with mileage for the Atlantic Coast Line of South Carolina:



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