South Carolina Railroads - Pickens Railroad / Railway


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Still Operational

Pickens, SC

Anderson, SC
+ 1990 - Acquired a second line from Norfolk Southern Railway, with service from Anderson to Honea Path.
On Dec. 24, 1890, the South Carolina General Assembly granted a charter for the Pickens Railroad Company. The maiden run (and wreck) of the Pickens "Doodle" was in 1898. It was called the Doodle by locals because it could not turn around on the tracks, so to return from Easley it backed into Pickens "like a doodle-bug".

The Southern Railway briefly acquired control of the Pickens around 1910, however, it reverted to local interests several years later. In the 1920s, Singer Manufacturing Company located a sewing machine cabinet plant on the Pickens Railroad. The plant eventually became the railroad's biggest customer and the line was purchased outright in 1939 by Singer.

In 1959, The Singer Company consolidated its sawmill and cabinet operations with the woodworking operations from Arkansas and the Craftsman power tools from New Jersey to the Pickens location. In 1963, Poinsett Lumber and Manufacturing Company had announced that the Pickens Railroad was for sale and James F. Jones of North Carolina purchased the line for approximately $50,000.

Jones built a new engine house and established a car shop for rebuilding and renovating railroad cars. Jones sold the Pickens Railroad in 1973 to Philadelphia-based National Railway Utilization Company, which expanded the car shop to build new freight cars.

In the early 1990s, NRUC became Emergent Group and sold the railroad to CLC-Chattahoochee Locomotive Corp., which renamed the railroad to the Pickens Railway Company, according to the Federal Register.

Click Here to go to the current Pickens Railway website. Link is current as of October of 2018.

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2nd Line Acquired from Norfolk Southern Railway in 1990:





High Point


Honea Path

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