South Carolina Railroads - Greenville & Knoxville Railroad


Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point





Greenville, SC

River Falls, SC
** 1914 - Re-organized as the Greenville & Western Railroad.
* 1899 - Began with the acquisition of the 1897-abandoned Carolina, Knoxville & Western Railway.

The Carolina, Knoxville & Western Railway was built in South Carolina from Greenville to Marietta in 1888. The railroad was originally chartered to build a line from Augusta, GA, to Knoxville, TN. The line was extended to River Falls for a total of 23 miles, and then was abandoned in 1897 (one of the earlier abandonments on record).

The Greenville & Knoxville Railroad was formed to revive the line in 1907 and ran it until 1914. The company was again reorganized as the Greenville & Western in 1914, and was then renamed the Greenville & Northern in 1920. The line was cut back to Travelers Rest in the mid-1950s, but the section between Travelers Rest and Cleveland was not officially abandoned until 1970.

The Railroad Commissioners Annual Reports show this line operational in 1899 and 1900, but did not include this line in any Annual Reports between 1901 and 1906. In 1907, their Annual Report again showed this line operational between Greenville and River Falls - 26.6 miles.

Towns on Route:


Sans Souci (1901)

Travelers Rest



Cleveland (1900)

River Falls

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