South Carolina Railroads - Charleston & Western Carolina Railway

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

C&WC RR

1896*

1896

1897**

Augusta, GA Greenwood, SC McCormick, SC Port Royal, SC

Greenwood, SC Spartanburg, SC Anderson, SC Augusta, GA
** 1897 - Acquired by Atlantic Coast Line of South Carolina, and operated the railroad as an independent company until formal absorption in 1959.
* 1896 - The re-organization of the Port Royal & Augusta Railroad and the Port Royal & Western Carolina Railroad assets within South Carolina after the State of South Carolina deemed that the PR&WC RR was an illegal corporation within SC.

In 1894, the South Carolina legislature forced the financially ailing Central Railroad of Georgia to give up its railroad properties in South Carolina. These were the Port Royal & Augusta Railway, which ran from the South Carolina coast to Augusta, and the Port Royal & Western Carolina Railway, which linked Augusta with Greenville and several other towns in the South Carolina piedmont.

Only about fourteen (14) miles of the two railways were in Georgia, but Georgia was seeing most of the benefit, according to the South Carolina legislature. After the Central Railroad was forced out, the Charleston & Western Carolina Railroad was organized, in 1896, to operate the lines.

The Atlantic Coast Line of South Carolina gained control of the Charleston & Western Carolina Railroad in the following year. It was not, however, until 1959 that the smaller road was merged into the parent line.

Click Here to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History's webpage on one of the Depots on the C&WC.

Towns on Route (in SC):

Line #1 - Augusta, GA to Greenwood, SC:

SC/NC State Line

Wood Lawn

Meriwether

Clarks Hill

Modoc

Parksville

Plum Branch

Cairo

McCormick

Trickum

Troy

Mill Way

Bradley

Verdery

Inka

Greenwood

Line #2 - Greenwood to Spartanburg:

Greenwood

Quarry

Coronaca

Waterloo

Highpoint > Coldpoint (1903)

Madden

Laurens

Bryson

Ora

Lanford Station > Lanford (1951)

Enoree

Hillsville

Sancho (1900)

Woodruff

Switzer

Moore

Roebuck

Arkwright (1898)

Spartanburg

Line #3 - McCormick to Anderson:

McCormick

Badwell

Bordeaux

Link

Willington

Mount Carmel

Hester

Calhoun Falls

Latimer

Lowndesville

Moseley > Barnes (1912)

Iva (aka Cooks Station)

Butlersville

Starr

Dean

Orr Station (1900s)

Anderson

Line #4 - Port Royal, SC to Augusta, GA:

Port Royal

Beaufort

Burton (1899)

Gray Hills (1905)

Seabrook

Sheldon

Tomotley

Yemassee

Davidson

Early Branch

McPhersonville

Brailsfordville

Fechtig (1903)

Cummings

McNeills

Almeda

Varnville

Hampton

Brunson

Fairfax

Allendale

Sieglingville > Sieglinville (1907)

Appleton

Baldock

Martins

Millettville > Millett (1951)

Averill

Hattieville

Robbins

Ellenton

Jackson

Bush (1899)

Cathwood > Kathwood (1898)

Dunbarton

Brown Hill (1907)

Beech Island

SC/GA State Line



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