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Chartered in 1834, the Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad began operations in 1840 between Wilmington and Weldon, in North Carolina, United States. With 161.5 miles of track, it is said to have been the longest railroad in the world at the time of its completion.

The name was changed in 1855 to the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad.

The Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad was one of the earliest ancestors of today's CSX Transportation.

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