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A Day of Stations From Salisbury, North Carolina to Magnolia, South Carolina 1/14/2023

by Chris Guenzler

Elizabeth and I arose at the hotel in Salisbury and after our Internet duties, went downstairs for a working breakfast for the NRHS convention. Once finished, we packed up our room and Elizabeth checked us out while I loaded the car and we left Salisbury, heading south down US 52 to our first station.

The Winston-Salem Southbound station in Albemarle, built circa 1910. The Winston-Salem Southbound Railway Company operates 87 miles of track from Winston-Salem through Lexington and Albemarle to Wadesboro, serving industries in the central Piedmont counties of Forsyth, Davidson, Stanly and Anson. Incorporated in 1905, the company began service in 1910. While the company is independently operated, all of its stock is owned jointly by CSX and Norfolk Southern.

We went down US 52 to County Road 72 to our next station.

The Rockingham Seaboard Air Line station built in 1891.

The explanatory plaque about the station. From here we took US 74 Business to Hamlet and our next station.

Seaboard Air Line station in Hamlet built in 1900. In addition to serving the Seaboard's mainline trains between Richmond and Jacksonville, Florida (including the Silver Meteor and Silver Star), the station the Silver Comet bound southwest to Athens, Atlanta and Birmingham until 1969. The station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 19, 1971. Between 2001 and 2004, the entire Queen Anne-style station house was moved across a set of tracks for safety, and converted into a museum by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It is currently served by Amtrak's Silver Star.

To the south of the station is something that I wanted to take a picture of for years.

Seaboard Air Line SDP35 1114 built by Electro-Motive Division in 1964.

Seaboard Air Line offset cupola caboose 5241 built by Magor Car in 1924 and rebuilt 1957.

Two more views of the display train. I then drove US 74 Business to Laurinburg.

Laurinburg & Southern Railroad offices and former freight house built in 1927. The Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company operates 28 miles of track in south-central North Carolina from Johns through Laurinburg to Raeford, serving shippers in Scotland and Hoke counties. The company, which began operations in 1909, is owned by the Gulf & Ohio Railways of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Johnson Rail Services NW2 139, nee Detroit, Toledo and Ironton 915, built by Electro-Motive Division in 1948. Elizabeth navigated me onto US 15 to County Road 371 and the Town of Clio.

Clio Atlantic Coast Line station built in 1915.

The station's historical marker.

The Atlantic Coast Line freight house. We took County Highway 9 to Dillon.

Atlantic Coast Line station in Dillon built in 1910.

Florence Railroad Company historical marker.

Dillion station historical marker. We continued on our way, driving US 501 down to Latta.

Atlantic Coast Line station in Latta. Our next stop was Florence so drove US 301 to US 76.

Florence Atlantic Coast Line station built in 1910.

The city's Amtrak station built in 1995 which is across from the ACL station.

CSX yard power SD40-3 4296 and AC4400CW 367.

Atlantic Coast Line offset cupola caboose 0761 built by the railroad in 1967.

Florence Seaboard Air Line station built in 1904. As there was a Jersey Mike's nearby, we stopped for a meal here then resumed the journey, driving County Road 327 to Lake City.

Lake City Altantic Coast Line station built in 1858.

Atlantic Coast Line heavyweight coach, number and builder unknown, which used to house the Coast Line Grill restaurant.

Caboose of unknown origin, which used to house Werk's Caboose Cafe.

A Lake City mural. We then made our way on US 52 down to Kingstree, our penultimate stop of the day.

Atlantic Coast Line station in Kingstree, built in 1909. The station survived the merger of the Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line Railroads into the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in 1967, only to terminate passenger service in 1971. Amtrak service to Kingstree began on June 15, 1976 with the introduction of the Palmetto.

Elizabeth navigated me to US 53 which we took to Moncks Corner.

Moncks Corner Atlantic coast Line station which is in the process of being restored. After this Elizabeth drove us to Best Western in Magnolia, South Carolina for the night.