South Carolina Railroads - Plant System


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1880 in SC


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Too Many

Plant System acquired/constructed the following railroads associated with South Carolina:

+ 1900 - Green Pond, Walterborough & Branchville Railroad.

+ 1896 - Walterborough & Western Railroad.

+ 1887 - Green Pond, Walterboro & Branchville Railroad.

+ 1880 - Charleston & Savannah Railroad - renamed it to the Charleston & Savannah Railway

The Plant System was a system of railroads and steamboats in the South, taken over by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1902. The original line of the system, named after its owner, Henry B. Plant, was the Savannah, Florida & Western Railway, running across southern Georgia.

In December of 1875, the "Junction Branch" in Savannah opened, connecting the line to the Charleston & Savannah Railroad. The company went bankrupt on January 1, 1877, and Henry B. Plant bought it on November 4, 1879, reorganizing it as the Savannah, Florida & Western Railway on December 9th.

The Plant Investment Company was formed in 1882 to lease and buy other railroads and expand the system.

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