Palmetto Railroad

The Palmetto Railroad was a Southeastern railroad that served South Carolina and North Carolina in the late 19th century.

Palmetto Railroad
LocaleNorth Carolina
South Carolina
SuccessorSeaboard Air Line Railroad
Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The Palmetto Railroad was chartered by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1882 and the North Carolina General Assembly in 1883.

The line stretched from Hamlet, North Carolina, to Cheraw, South Carolina, where it connected with the Cheraw and Darlington Railroad.[1] Construction of the 18-mile stretch was completed in 1887.[2]

That same year, the Raleigh and Augusta Air Line Railroad leased the Palmetto Railroad line.

In 1895, the company was reorganized due to financial difficulties and renamed the Palmetto Railway.[3]

In 1900, the Raleigh and Augusta Air Line Railroad and Palmetto Railway became part of Seaboard Air Line Railway. The line became part of Seaboard's main line.[4]

In 1967, the Seaboard Air Line merged with its rival, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. The merged company was named the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad.[5] In 1980, the Seaboard Coast Line's parent company merged with the Chessie System, creating the CSX Corporation. The CSX Corporation initially operated the Chessie and Seaboard Systems separately until 1986, when they were merged into CSX Transportation. The line is still in service and it is part of CSX's S Line (Hamlet Subdivision).

Station ListingEdit

State Milepost[6] City/Location Station[7] Connections and notes
NC S 253.2 Hamlet Hamlet Amtrak Silver Star
station rebuilt in 1900
junction with:
S 260.8 Osborne
SC S 265.3 Fulton
S 269.3 Wallace
S 270.0 Kollocks
S 271.8 Cheraw Cheraw junction with:


  1. ^ Engineers and engineering, Engineers Club of Philadelphia, Volume 6, 1888
  2. ^ Annual report of the Board of Railroad Commissioners of North Carolina, Volume 1, 1892, page 529
  3. ^ South Carolina Railroads, Palmetto Railroad/Railway Archived 2010-09-25 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Short History of the Seaboard Air Line Railway, Seaboard Railway
  5. ^
  6. ^ Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Savannah and Waycross Division Timetable (1982)
  7. ^ "South Carolina Railroads: Passenger Stations & Stops" (PDF). Jim Fergusson's Railway and Tramway Station Lists (South Carolina). Retrieved 5 June 2020.