South Carolina Railroads - Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad


Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point





Raleigh, NC

Augusta, GA
* 1900 - Merged into the Seaboard Air Line Railway.

+ 1887 - Leased the Palmetto Railroad in South Carolina, thereby providing the first entry of the new and very immature Seaboard Air Line Railway system into South Carolina.

The Palmetto Railroad 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.

+ 1886 - Leased the Pittsboro Railroad in North Carolina.
+ 1881 - Participated in the creation of the Seaboard Air Line system, along with Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad and the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad - a loose affiliation whereby each retained their own identities until 1900.
+ 1871 - A re-organization of the Chatham Railroad by NC legislative Act of December 13, 1871. At this time, the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad became under the control of the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad in North Carolina.
Only went to the SC/NC State Line, where it met the Palmetto Railroad in South Carolina, which it leased in 1894, as shown above. Never made it into South Carolina or to Augusta as its own entity.

Towns on Route (in SC) as Palmetto Railroad / Railway:

SC/NC State Line

Pines (1900)

Kollock (1892)


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