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Raleigh and Gaston Railroad

Cornerstone of the Raleigh and Gaston railroad building of Raleigh, NC

The Raleigh and Gaston Railroad was a Raleigh, North Carolina-based railroad opened in April 1840[1] between Raleigh and the town of Gaston, North Carolina, on the Roanoke River. It was North Carolina's second railroad (the Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad opened one month earlier). The length was 100 miles (160 km) and built with 4 ft 8 in (1,422 mm) gauge.[2] The Raleigh and Gaston's tracks remains in service today as part of CSX's S Line as the Norlina Subdivision of CSX's Florence Division.


Norlina Subdivision
former Seaboard Air Line Railroad
to Petersburg, Virginia
S 103.5
S 106.7
S 113.8
Henderson Yard
S 122.6
S 129.7
S 136.4
S 140.2
Wake Forest
S 154.7

The railroad built the Franklinton Depot in 1886.[3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[4]

The Raleigh and Gaston Railroad merged with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in 1900 and became a segment of their main line. Seaboard eventually became the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in 1967 and then CSX Transportation by 1986. CSX abandoned the S Line (the designation for the former Seaboard Air Line main line) north of Norlina into Virginia in 1985 (the next active segment of the S Line north is CSX's Bellwood Subdivision).[5]

List of stationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Raleigh and Gaston Railroad
  2. ^ Confederate Railroads - Raleigh & Gaston
  3. ^ T .H. Pearce and Michael T. Southern (October 1990). "Franklinton Depot" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "The Norlina Subdivision". Rails in Virginia. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  6. ^ "North Carolina Railroads - Raleigh & Gaston Railroad". Retrieved 2018-04-26.

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