South Carolina Railroads - Street Railway Companies

Thirty-four (34) Operational Street Railway Companies in South Carolina - Alphabetical Order

Company Name

SC Town(s)

From

To

Comments

Anderson Traction Company

Anderson

1905

1909
1909, acquired by the Greenville, Spartanburg & Anderson Railway.

Broad River Power Company

Columbia
Spartanburg

1925
1925

1936
1928
1925, acquired the Columbia Railway, Gas & Electric Company in Columbia and the South Carolina Gas & Electric Company in Spartanburg. 1928, Spartanburg assets bought by Duke Power Company. 1936, company dissolved.

Carolina Traction Company 

Rock Hill

1912

1918
1911, acquired the assets of the Rock Hill Water Supply, Electric Light & Street Railway Company from the city of Rock Hill. 1918, company ceased operations.

Charleston & Seashore Railway

Charleston

1899

1899
1899, consolidated into the Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas & Electric Company.

Charleston City Railway

Charleston

1865
1897

1896
1899
1896, renamed to the Charleston Street Railway Company. 1897, name changed back. 1899, re-organized as the Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas & Electric Company

Charleston Consolidated Railway & Lighting Company 

Charleston

1910

1927
1910, leased the Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas & Electric Company. 1927, acquired by the South Carolina Power Company.

Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas & Electric Company

Charleston

1899

1910
1899, the merger of the Charleston City Railway, the Charleston & Seashore Railway, the Charleston Edison Light & Power Company, and the Charleston Gaslight Company. 1910, leased by the Charleston Consolidated Railway & Lighting Company.

Charleston Street Railway Company

Charleston

1896

1897
Was the Charleston City Railway. Back to Charleston City Railway.

Columbia & Eau Claire Electric Railway Company

Columbia

1896

1897
1897, leased by the Columbia Electric Street Railway, Light & Power Company.

Columbia Railway, Gas & Electric Company

Columbia

1911

1934
Was the Columbia Electric Street Railway, Light & Power Company. 1925, leased to Broad River Power Company. 1934, tracks abandoned.

Columbia Electric Street & Suburban Railway Company

Columbia

1891

1891
1891, merged with the Congaree Gas & Electric Company to become the Columbia Electric Street Railway, Light & Power Company.

Columbia Electric Street Railway, Light & Power Company

Columbia

1892

1911
Was the Columbia Electric Street & Suburban Railway Company and the Congaree Gas & Electric Company. 1911, name changed to the Columbia Railway, Gas & Electric Company.

Columbia Railway, Gas & Electric Company

Columbia

1911

1934
Was the Columbia Electric Street Railway, Light & Power Company. 1925, leased to Broad River Power Company. 1934, tracks abandoned.

Columbia Street Railway Company

Columbia

1882

1892
1892, acquired by the Columbia Electric Street Railway, Light & Power Company.

Duke Power Company

Spartanburg

1928

1936
1928, acquired the assets of the Broad River Power Company in Spartanburg. 1936, ceased operations. Also see the Southern Public Utilities Company below.

Enterprise Rail Road of Charleston

Charleston

1874

1897
aka Enterprise Street Railway. 1897, absorbed into the Charleston City Railway, 2nd incarnation.

Exposition Traction Company

Charleston

1901

1902
Owned by the Charleston Consolidated Railway, Gas & Electric Company.

Gaffney City Railway Company

Gaffney

1892

??
Date ended not known.

Greenville, Spartanburg & Anderson Railway

Anderson

1909

1912
1909, acquired the Anderson Traction Company. 1913, acquired by Southern Public Utilities Company.

Greenville Traction Company

Greenville

1900

1910 / 1914
1910, line sold to Southern Power Company, retained its name. 1914, name discarded.

Middle Street Sullivan's Island Railway Company

Moultrieville

1871

1913 / 1924
1913, sold to the Charleston-Isle of Palms Railway. 1924, line ceased operations.

North Anderson Street Railway Company

North Anderson

1913

1925
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Orangeburg City Street Railway Company

Orangeburg

1889

1908
Always a horse-drawn railway. 1908, ceased operations.

Public Service Company

Columbia

1904

1907
Leased tracks to the Columbia Electric Street Railway, Light & Power Company.

Rock Hill Water Supply, Electric Light & Street Railway Company

Rock Hill

1901

1911
1911, taken over by the city of Rock Hill, and soon sold all assets to the Carolina Traction Company.

South Carolina Gas & Electric Company

Spartanburg

1922

1925
1922, bought at foreclosure the assets of the South Carolina Light, Power & Railways Company. 1925, acquired by the Broad River Power Company.

South Carolina Light, Power & Railways Company

Spartanburg

1912

1922
1912, acquired the Spartanburg Railway, Gas & Electric Company. 1922, sold at foreclosure to the South Carolina Gas & Electric Company.

South Carolina Power Company

Charleston

1927

1938
1927, acquired the Charleston Consolidated Railway & Lighting Company.

Southern Power Company

Greenville

1910

1914
1910, leased the Greenville Traction Company. 1914, renamed to Southern Public Utilities Company.

Southern Public Utilities Company /
Duke Power Company

Anderson
Greenville

1913
1914

1936
1956
1913, acquired the assets of the Greenville, Spartanburg & Anderson Railway. 1914, took over the Greenville Traction Company/Southern Power Company assets. 1956, last car ran.

Spartanburg City Street Railway Company

Spartanburg

1891

??
End date not known.

Spartanburg, Clifton & Glendale Railroad Company

Spartanburg

1891

1901
1901, acquired by the Spartanburg Railway, Gas & Electric Company.

Spartanburg Railway, Gas & Electric Company

Spartanburg

1901

1912
1912, acquired by the South Carolina Light, Power & Railways Company.

Street Railway Company of the City of Greenville

Greenville

1875

1897
1897, abandoned.


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