"South Carolina Sojourn" July 6-8, 2007
With a weekend immediately following the 4th of July, I decided to head up to Spartanburg-Greenville SC for a couple of days. The purpose was really two-fold: first to check out the rail scene around Spartanburg, which straddles both the NS (SR) DC-ATL main and our own former Clinchfield Spartanburg SD; and second to look over the northwest corner of SC in general, to put it into my “inventory” of places to consider for possible retirement when the time comes. I have been reading a few articles about Greenville’s downtown development lately, and just wanted to see what was happening there. Of course, any depots, short lines, or otherwise noteworthy images would be dutifully recorded along the way, too.
The weather was pretty typical for the Carolinas in July; hot and hazy with a thunderstorm or two around most of the time. Still, I did get lucky with a couple of the short lines here and there. The Hampton and Branchville RR, which makes most of its money from delivering CSX unit coal trains up the ex ACL branch to the SCE&G power plant at Canadys, is headquartered in a little trackside house next to a shed that still sports purple enamel ACL Hampton station signs. The Carolina Piedmont RR is a Rail America owned short line headquartered in Laurens, which ironically was using a pair of Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern units, the first ones I’d ever seen. The Lancaster & Chester is a prosperous 60 mile short line that serves the fast growing industrial area in north central SC. In the March 2006 Official Guide that I had with me for reference, it was still billing itself as “The First 100% Dieselized Railroad in South Carolina.” I also had a good time along the ex Southern main line in northwest SC. Here are most of the shots that turned out from the weekend.
Owner: Mark Hinsdale
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