South Carolina Railroads - Palmetto Railroad / Railway


Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point





Cheraw, SC

Hamlet, NC
* 1900 - Acquired by the Seaboard Air Line Railway.
+ 1895 - Re-organized as the Palmetto Railway.
+ 1887 - Leased and managed by the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad (a North Carolina company), thereby providing the first entry of the new and not yet mature Seaboard Air Line Railway system into South Carolina.
+ 1883 - Chartered in North Carolina on February 7, 1883. 
+ 1882 - Chartered in South Carolina on December 21, 1882.
Connected the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad (also acquired by Seaboard Air Line Railway) at Hamlet, NC with the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad (acquired by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1900) at Cheraw, SC.

The Palmetto Railroad was originally chartered to construct a line from Hamlet, NC to Columbia, SC, however it only built eighteen (18) miles of track from Hamlet, NC to Cheraw, SC to make a connection with the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad. These eighteen miles were constructed from 1885 to 1887, when the short line was operational.

In 1895, the company was reorganized, due to financial difficulties, and renamed to the Palmetto Railway. Although no more contruction was made in this company's name, this branch was later extended to Columbia by the Seaboard Air Line Railway to become part of that main line and a principal passenger route between Richmond and Florida.

Towns on Route (in SC):

SC/NC State Line

Pines (1900)

Kollock (1892)


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