List of South Carolina railroads

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The following railroads operate in the U.S. state of South Carolina.

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Defunct railroads[edit]

Name Mark System[nb 1] From To Successor Notes
Air Line Railroad in South Carolina SOU 1856 1870 Atlanta and Richmond Air–Line Railway
Alcolu Railroad ALU 1902 1936 N/A
Asheville and Spartanburg Railroad SOU 1881 1902 Southern Railway – Carolina Division
Ashley River Railroad ACL 1876 1901 Savannah, Florida and Western Railway
Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railway SOU 1877 1996 Norfolk Southern Railway
Atlanta and Richmond Air–Line Railway SOU 1870 1876 South Carolina Air–Line Railway
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad ACL ACL 1898 1967 Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
Atlantic and French Broad Valley Railroad SOU 1879 1882 French Broad and Atlantic Railway
Atlantic, Greenville and Western Railway ACL 1885 1887 Carolina, Knoxville and Western Railway
Atlantic and Northwestern Railroad SOU 1885 1887 Georgia and Carolina Midland Railroad
Augusta and Edgefield Railroad SOU 1884 1885 Augusta, Edgefield and Newberry Railroad
Augusta, Edgefield and Newberry Railroad SOU 1885 1887 Georgia and Carolina Midland Railroad
Augusta and Knoxville Railroad ACL 1880 1886 Port Royal and Western Carolina Railway
Augusta, Knoxville and Greenwood Railroad ACL 1880 Augusta and Knoxville Railroad
Augusta Northern Railway 1912 1941 N/A
Bamberg, Ehrhardt and Walterboro Railway 1913 1938 N/A
Barnwell Railway SOU 1882 1891 Carolina Midland Railway
Belton, Williamston and Easley Railroad SOU 1878 1879 Atlantic and French Broad Valley Railroad
Bennettsville and Cheraw Railroad B&CW 1902 1950 N/A
Bennettsville and Osborne Railroad 1899 1902 Bennettsville and Cheraw Railroad
Berkeley Railroad 1892 1906 N/A
Bishopville Railroad ACL 1882 1892 South and North Carolina Railroad
Blackville and Alston Railroad SOU 1885 1886 Blackville, Alston and Newberry Railroad
Blackville, Alston and Newberry Railroad SOU 1886 1891 Carolina Midland Railway
Blue Ridge Railroad of South Carolina SOU 1852 1880 Greenville and Columbia Railroad
Blue Ridge Railway BLR SOU 1901
Branchville and Bowman Railroad 1890 1925 N/A
Buffalo Union-Carolina Railroad 1922 1971 N/A
Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway ACL 1881 1898 Wilmington and Weldon Railroad
Carolina, Atlantic and Western Railway SAL 1914 1915 Seaboard Air Line Railway
Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway of South Carolina ACL/ L&N 1909 1990 CSX Transportation
Carolina and Cumberland Gap Railway SOU 1896 1898 SOU
Carolina, Cumberland Gap and Chicago Railway SOU 1882 1895 Carolina and Cumberland Gap Railway
Carolina, Knoxville and Western Railway ACL 1887 1899 Charleston and Western Carolina Railway, Greenville and Knoxville Railway
Carolina Midland Railway SOU 1891 1902 Southern Railway – Carolina Division
Carolina Northern Railroad SAL 1899 1905 Raleigh and Charleston Railroad
Carolina and Northwestern Railway CRN SOU 1982 1988 Southern Railway
Carolina and Northwestern Railway CR&N SOU 1900 1974 Norfolk Southern Railway
Carolina Western Railroad CARW 1923 1971 Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
Carolina and Western Railroad 1902 1916
Catawba Valley Railway SAL 1906 1909 Seaboard Air Line Railway
Central Railroad of South Carolina ACL 1878 Still exists as a lessor of CSX Transportation
Central of Georgia Railroad CG SOU 1971 1972 N/A
Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad SOU 1888 1893 Ohio River and Charleston Railway
Charleston and Northern Railroad ACL 1895 1895 Cheraw and Darlington Railroad, Manchester and Augusta Railroad, Wilson and Summerton Railroad
Charleston Northern Railway SAL 1913 1914 North and South Carolina Railway
Charleston and Savannah Railroad ACL 1853 1867 Savannah and Charleston Railroad
Charleston and Savannah Railway ACL 1880 1901 Savannah, Florida and Western Railway
Charleston Southern Railway SAL 1915 1915 North and South Carolina Railway
Charleston, Sumter and Northern Railroad ACL 1890 1895 Charleston and Northern Railroad
Charleston Terminal Company ACL/ SOU 1903 1921
Charleston Union Station Company ACL/ SOU 1902 1970 N/A
Charleston and Western Carolina Railway C&WC, CWC ACL 1896 1959 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad SOU 1869 1894 SOU
Charlotte, Monroe and Columbia Railroad SAL 1901 1940 N/A
Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad SOU 1846 1869 Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad
Cheraw and Chester Railroad 1873 1896 Lancaster and Chester Railway
Cheraw and Coalfields Railroad ACL 1867 1868 Cheraw and Salisbury Railroad
Cheraw and Darlington Railroad ACL 1849 1898 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Cheraw and Salisbury Railroad ACL 1868 1882 Cheraw and Darlington Railroad
Chester, Greenwood and Abbeville Railroad SAL 1885 1886 Georgia, Carolina and Northern Railway
Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad SOU 1873 1897 Carolina and Northwestern Railway
Chesterfield and Kershaw Railroad SAL 1889 1901 Seaboard Air Line Railway
Chesterfield and Lancaster Railroad SAL 1887 1941 N/A
Cincinnati and Charleston Railroad SOU 1835 1836 Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston Railroad
Clinchfield Railroad CRR ACL/ L&N 1924 1983 Seaboard System Railroad
Colleton County Railroad CCYR 1986 1988 Hampton and Branchville Railroad
Columbia and Augusta Railroad SOU 1863 1869 Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad
Columbia and Greenville Railroad SOU 1880 1894 Blue Ridge Railway, Southern Railway
Columbia and Hamburg Railroad SOU 1858 1863 Columbia and Augusta Railroad
Columbia, Newberry and Laurens Railroad CNL ACL 1886 1984 Seaboard System Railroad
Columbia and Sumter Railroad ACL 1866 1870 Wilmington, Columbia and Augusta Railroad
Columbia Union Station Company ACL/ SOU 1900 1971 N/A
Conway Coast and Western Railroad ACL 1904 1912 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Conway Seashore Railroad ACL 1899 1904 Conway Coast and Western Railroad
Due West Railway 1907 1940 N/A
Duval Transportation of the Carolinas 1987 1987 Mid Atlantic Railroad
East Shore Terminal Company ACL/ SOU 1887 1903 Charleston Terminal Company
Eddy Lake and Northern Railroad 1905
Edgefield Branch Railroad SOU 1878 1879 Edgefield, Trenton and Aiken Railroad
Edgefield, Trenton and Aiken Railroad SOU 1879 1882 French Broad and Atlantic Railway
Edgemoor and Manetta Railway EM 1902 1976 N/A
Eutawville Railroad ACL 1885 1890 Charleston, Sumter and Northern Railroad
Florence Railroad ACL 1882 1898 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Florence and Fayetteville Railroad ACL 1861 1881 Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway
Florida Central and Peninsular Railroad SAL 1893 1900 Seaboard Air Line Railway
French Broad and Atlantic Railway SOU 1882 1882 Carolina, Cumberland Gap and Chicago Railway
Georgetown and Lane's Railroad SAL 1881 1887 Georgetown and Western Railroad
Georgetown and North Carolina Railroad SOU 1882 1885 Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad
Georgetown and North Carolina Narrow Gauge Railroad SOU 1878 1882 Georgetown and North Carolina Railroad
Georgetown and Western Railroad SAL 1887 1915 Carolina, Atlantic and Western Railway
Georgia and Carolina Midland Railroad SOU 1887 1887 Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad
Georgia, Carolina and Northern Railway SAL 1886 1901 Seaboard Air Line Railway
Georgia and Florida Railroad G&F SOU 1926 1963 Georgia and Florida Railway
Georgia and Florida Railway G&F, GF SOU 1963 1971 Central of Georgia Railroad
Glenn Springs Railroad 1894 1911 N/A
Green Pond, Walterboro and Branchville Railroad ACL 1900 1901 Savannah, Florida and Western Railway
Green Pond, Walterboro and Branchville Railway ACL 1887 1900 Green Pond, Walterboro and Branchville Railroad
Greenville and Columbia Railroad SOU 1845 1880 Columbia and Greenville Railroad
Greenville and Knoxville Railroad 1904 1914 Greenville and Western Railway
Greenville and Laurens Railroad ACL 1878 1886 Port Royal and Western Carolina Railway
Greenville and Northern Railway GRN 1920 1997 Carolina Piedmont Railroad
Greenville and Port Royal Railroad ACL 1882 1885 Atlantic, Greenville and Western Railway
Greenville and Western Railroad 1914 1920 Greenville and Northern Railroad
Greenville and Western Railway 1911 1969
Greenwood, Anderson and Western Railway SOU 1895 1897 Sievern and Knoxville Railroad
Greenwood, Laurens and Spartanburg Railroad ACL 1880 1886 Port Royal and Western Carolina Railway
Hampton and Branchville Railroad and Lumber Company HB 1891 1924 Hampton and Branchville Railroad
Hartsville Railroad ACL 1884 1895 Cheraw and Darlington Railroad
Horry County Railway HCYR 1984 1987 Waccamaw Coast Line Railroad
Kings Mountain Railroad SOU 1848 1874 Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad
Laurens Railroad ACL 1847 1881 Laurens Railway
Laurens Railway ACL 1879 1895 Columbia, Newberry and Laurens Railroad
Lockhart Railroad SOU 1899 N/A
Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston Railroad SOU 1836 1843 South Carolina Railroad
Manchester and Augusta Railroad ACL 1870 1898 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Marion County Railway 1984 1985 N/A
Marion and Southern Railroad SAL 1907 1937 N/A
Mid Atlantic Railroad MRR 1987 1995 Carolina Southern Railroad
Newberry and Laurens Railroad ACL 1885 1886 Columbia, Newberry and Laurens Railroad
Newberry, Whitmire and Augusta Railroad 1906 1910 Augusta Northern Railway
Norfolk Southern Railway NS SOU 1974 1982 Carolina and Northwestern Railway
North Charleston Terminal Company ACL/ SAL/ SOU 1916 Still exists as a joint subsidiary of CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway
North and South Carolina Railway SAL 1908 1914 Carolina, Atlantic and Western Railway
Northeastern Railroad ACL 1851 1898 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Northwestern Railroad of South Carolina ACL 1899 1935 N/A
Ohio River and Charleston Railway SOU 1894 1898 South Carolina and Georgia Extension Railroad
Orangeburg Railway 1911 1920 N/A
Palmetto Railroad SAL 1882 1895 Palmetto Railway
Palmetto Railway SAL 1895 1900 Seaboard Air Line Railway
Pee Dee Bridge Company SAL 1911 1915 Carolina, Atlantic and Western Railway
Pickens Railroad PICK 1892 1996 Pickens Railway
Piedmont and Northern Railway P&N 1911 1969 Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Electric until 1954
Plant System ACL 1894 1902 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Port Royal Railroad ACL 1856 1878 Port Royal and Augusta Railway
Port Royal and Augusta Railway ACL 1878 1896 Charleston and Western Carolina Railway
Port Royal and Western Carolina Railway ACL 1886 1896 Charleston and Western Carolina Railway
Raleigh and Augusta Air Line Railroad SAL 1878 1901 Seaboard Air Line Railway
Raleigh and Charleston Railroad SAL 1905 1941 N/A
Raleigh and Gaston Railroad SAL 1889 1900 Seaboard Air Line Railway
Richmond and Danville Railroad SOU 1879 1894 Southern Railway
Rockingham Railroad RKG ACL 1910 1968 N/A
Rockton and Rion Railway ROR 1932 1981 N/A
Savannah and Charleston Railroad ACL 1866 1880 Charleston and Savannah Railway
Savannah, Florida and Western Railway ACL 1901 1902 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Savannah Valley Railroad ACL 1886 Port Royal and Western Carolina Railway
Seaboard Air Line Railroad SAL SAL 1946 1967 Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
Seaboard Air Line Railway SAL 1900 1945 Seaboard Air Line Railroad
Seaboard Air Line System SAL 1893 1900 Seaboard Air Line Railway
Seaboard Coast Line Railroad SCL 1967 1983 Seaboard System Railroad
Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad SAL 1889 1900 Seaboard Air Line Railway
Seaboard System Railroad SBD 1983 1986 CSX Transportation
Sievern and Knoxville Railroad SOU 1898 1933 N/A
South and North Carolina Railroad ACL 1892 1996 Manchester and Augusta Railroad
South Bound Railroad SAL 1882 1901 Seaboard Air Line Railway
South Carolina Railroad SOU 1843 1881 South Carolina Railway
South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company SOU 1827 1844 South Carolina Railroad
South Carolina Railway SOU 1881 1894 South Carolina and Georgia Railroad
South Carolina Air–Line Railway SOU 1877 1877 Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railway
South Carolina and Georgia Railroad SOU 1894 1902 Southern Railway – Carolina Division
South Carolina and Georgia Extension Railroad SOU 1898 1902 Southern Railway – Carolina Division
South Carolina Pacific Railway ACL 1882 1984 Seaboard System Railroad
South Carolina Terminal Company ACL/ SOU 1893 1903 Charleston Terminal Company
South Carolina Western Railway SAL 1910 1914 North and South Carolina Railway
South Carolina Western Extension Railway SAL 1913 1914 North and South Carolina Railway
South and North Carolina Railroad ACL 1892 1896 Manchester and Augusta Railroad
South and Western Railroad ACL/ L&N 1908 1909 Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway of South Carolina
Southern Railway SOU SOU 1894 1990 Norfolk Southern Railway
Southern Railway – Carolina Division SOU 1902 1996 Norfolk Southern Railway
Spartanburg and Asheville Railroad SOU 1873 1881 Asheville and Spartanburg Railroad
Spartanburg and Union Railroad SOU 1847 1873 Spartanburg, Union and Columbia Railroad
Spartanburg, Union and Columbia Railroad SOU 1878 1896 Asheville and Spartanburg Railroad
Sumter and Wateree River Railroad SOU 1898 1902 Southern Railway – Carolina Division
Union, Gaffney City and Rutherfordton Railroad SOU 1878 1885 Atlantic and Northwestern Railroad
Union and Glenn Springs Railroad 1899 1922 Buffalo Union-Carolina Railroad
Walterboro and Western Railway ACL 1894 1900 Green Pond, Walterboro and Branchville Railroad
Ware Shoals Railroad WS 1908 1985 N/A
Williamsburg Railroad ACL 1876 1878 Central Railroad of South Carolina
Wilmington and Carolina Railroad ACL 1870 1870 Wilmington, Columbia and Augusta Railroad
Wilmington, Chadbourn and Conway Railroad ACL 1885 1895 Wilmington and Conway Railroad
Wilmington, Columbia and Augusta Railroad ACL 1870 1898 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Wilmington and Conway Railroad ACL 1895 1896 Wilmington, Columbia and Augusta Railroad
Wilmington and Manchester Railroad ACL 1846 1870 Wilmington and Carolina Railroad
Wilmington and Weldon Railroad ACL 1899 1900 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Wilson and Summerton Railroad ACL 1888 1899 Northwestern Railroad of South Carolina
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  1. ^ This is one or more of the Class I railroads that the railroad became part of, if any.

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