Laurens Railroad

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The Laurens Railroad was a 5 ft (1,524 mm)[1] gauge shortline railroad that served the South Carolina Upstate region before, during and after the Civil War.

The line was started in 1854.[2]

By 1861, the 32-mile line was carrying 8,500 passengers a day.[3]

Among the line's presidents was Henry William Garlington (1811-1893), a planter who signed the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession in 1860.[4]

The railroad apparently went out of business sometime after the Civil War.[5]

By 1881 it had been reorganized and was operating as the Laurens Railway. It survived under that named until it was bought by the Columbia, Newberry and Laurens Railroad in 1894.[6]