Charlotte, Columbia, and Augusta Railroad

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Charlotte, Columbia, and Augusta Railroad
Dates of operation 1869–1878
Successor Richmond and Danville Railroad
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
previous gauges:
5 ft 0 in and 4 ft 9 in

The Charlotte, Columbia, and Augusta Railroad was formed in 1869 with the merger of the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad and the Columbia and Augusta Railroad.

Route[edit]

The combined line stretched for over 190 miles between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia.

Stations[1]

Track gauge[edit]

Originally, the line had a track gauge of 5-feet, but that was changed to 4-feet, 9-inches in 1886.[2]

Ownership changes[edit]

The railroad was acquired by the Richmond and Danville Railroad in 1878 and officially merged into the Richmond & Danville in 1882. The latter went into receivership in 1892 and the Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta was foreclosed in the following year.[3] It was sold to Southern Railway on July 10, 1894.[4] After the acquisition in 1894, the Charlotte, Columbia, and Augusta name was dropped and the Southern moniker was used.

Tickets[edit]

The Charlotte, Columbia, and Augusta Railroad printed fare tickets in $1, $2, $5 and $10 denominations that resembled US currency with the vignette of a steam locomotive on the front. The $1 fare ticket was good for one person for 20 miles. The $2 fare was good for two people 20 miles. The $5 fare was good for one person 100 miles and the $10 fare was good for two people 100 miles. Many businesses along the railroad would accept the railroad fare notes as currency for goods.

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