Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad

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Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad
Reporting mark AR
Locale North Carolina
Dates of operation 1892–Present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 47 miles (76 kilometres)
Headquarters Aberdeen, North Carolina
Website Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad

The Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad (reporting mark AR) is a short-line railroad operating in North Carolina. At one time the AR was a Class 2 railroad. The railroad has 47 miles (76 km) of track that runs from Aberdeen to Fayetteville, North Carolina.


Aberdeen and Rockfish locomotive in the company's yard.

The AR was incorporated in 1892 by businessman John Blue. He built the railroad to get his timber and turpentine products to market. On June 30, 1895, the first stretch of road was opened from Aberdeen to Endon. In 1898 the company added a line from Ashley Heights to Raeford which soon became the main line with the Endon line as a branch. Shortly thereafter, the Endon branch was extended to Juniper. The main line was extended to Dundarrach in 1900, Rockfish in 1902, Fenix in 1904 and a branch from Rockfish to Hope Mills was added in 1905. For a while, Aberdeen–Hope Mills became the main line, with branches to Juniper and Fenix.

On November 14, 1909, another branch from Raeford to Wagram was opened. In 1912, the company abandoned the Endon branch and used the rails to construct an extension from Fenix to Fayetteville which opened on December 23 that year. At the same time the line to Hope Mills was abandoned, as it became unnecessary with the new link to the main line of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in Fayetteville. Over the years the railroad's traffic has shifted from lumber to agriculture products. The AR has successfully focussed on customer service and celebrated its 100th birthday in 1992.[1] The AR is still owned by the Blue family and operates freight trains from Aberdeen to Fayetteville. The Wagram branch was sold to the Laurinburg and Southern Railroad in 1921.


  • Chemicals
  • Animal Feed
  • Grain
  • Animal By-Products
  • Building Supplies
  • Fertilizer Solution


Motive Power[edit]

Locomotive Number Locomotive Model Notes
AR 200 EMD F3 Built for AR as 200 in 1947. Traded in to EMD for AR 300.
AR 201 EMD F3 Built for AR as 201 in 1948. Sold to Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad as their 1111.
AR 205 EMD GP7 Built for AR as 205 in 1951. Last GP7 still in service with original owner. Equipped with steam generator when built.
AR 300 EMD GP18 Built for AR as 300 in 1963.
AR 400 EMD GP38 Built for AR as 400 in 1968
AR 405 EMD GP38 Built for Erie Mining as their 700 in 1967. Sold to AR in 2002-2003.
AR 2486 EMD CF7 Rebuilt EMD F7. Built for ATSF in 1951 as their 259C. Rebuilt as CF7 in 1975.

Scheduled Service[edit]

In the August 1936 Official Guide, the Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad operated one passenger round trip (train numbers 38 and 41) between Aberdeen and Fayetteville, departing Aberdeen at 8:50 am, and arriving at Fayetteville at 10:45 am; the return from Fayetteville departed at 4:25 pm and arrived back in Aberdeen at 6:10 pm. The service ran Monday - Saturday, and Montrose, Dundarrach, Skibo, and Owens were flag stops. There was one scheduled freight train (train numbers 21 and 22), which ran between Aberdeen and Fayetteville Monday - Saturday; it departed Aberdeen at 7:45 am, and arrived at Fayetteville at 11:45 am. It returned from Fayetteville at 12:15 pm, and arrived back in Aberdeen at 4:05 pm.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wrinn, Jim and Lewis, Edward. "The Road of Personal Service: A Centennial History" (1992, Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad Co.).


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