ATLANTIC & WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY
Connects with SCL and SOUTHERN 3.38 Miles from Sanford, NC to Jonesboro, NC.
For more information see ATLANTIC & WESTERN WEB SITE
| Number || Mf'gr || Model || Date
| 100 || GE || 70 TON ||
| 101 || PORTER || 80 TON ||
These posts are from the SMRF tslk list:
14 Nov 1999
Is the Atlantic & Western Railway that ran from Sanford, NC, to
Jonesboro, NC, still in business? If so, are there any of their XF Food
Loading boxcars still running around? When these ivory colored cars
were in service, where were they used, in captive customer service, or
general service? Anyone have any pictures of these cars they could
share? Thanks for any help.
14 Nov 1999
Lawrence B. Platt wrote:
> Is the Atlantic & Western Railway that ran from Sanford, NC, to
> Jonesboro, NC, still in business? If so, are there any of their XF Food
> Loading boxcars still running around? When these ivory colored cars
> were in service, where were they used, in captive customer service, or
> general service? Anyone have any pictures of these cars they could
> share? Thanks for any help.
Very much still in business, in fact in the past few years they've
bought the Southern (A&Y for the benefit of Mr Bott...) from Sanford all
the way out to Gulf. The 70 tonners are parked, replaced by a yellow
SW-9/1200. I occasionally see an XF car, looking very tatty. Instead,
I'm seeing refurbished cars. They're CSX blue with CSX style yellow
lettering but saying ATW on reporting marks. I'm guessing that CSX is
doing the work for them.
14 Nov 1999
I can't address the boxcars you mention, but I just drove thru Sanford last
Thursday and found 2 yellow and black SW-?s at the headquarters building.
One was numbered around 200 and parked on the lead to the engine storage
area ... the other had 2 cars of scrap in tow and was numbered 1212 (I
think). Both appear to be leased from RSS, whoever that is. No boxcars on
the property but lots of gons and a couple off-road tank cars.
Both 70-tonners are still parked by the station in the ex-Southern passing
siding. And, expectedly, both had EVERY window with a hole in it courtesy
of rock throwers.
4 Sep 2000
The Aug. 2000 edition of American History Magazine had an article on the Great Locomotive Chase. It stated that the Western & Atlantic was purchased by the NC&StL in 1890.
1- Did the W&A continue to operate under its own name and for how long?
2- Was this the NC&StL's first entry into Atlanta?
3- Did the L&N (60% owner of the NC&StL) previously have a line from Chattanooga to Atlanta?
4- I've seen mention of a "WofA" on this group. What line was this?
Thanks for your replies!
4 Sep 2000
The Western & Atlantic RR was operated by the State of Georgia until 1869,
when it was leased to a group of railroad officials including John P. King,
Richard Peters, Henry Plant, and that notorious carpetbagger, Hannibal I
Kimball. This was done to take it out of the hands of the Carpetbagger
legislature, which was running the road to rack and ruin by award jobs there
to political friends, despite the fact that they had no railroad experience
and no interest in acquiring any, other than drawing a paycheck. (Kimball
was included because it became apparent that the lease was dead unless he was
It was operated by this group until 1890, when the NC&StL leased the line.
It was the NC's first entry into Atlanta.
The L&N had no entry into Atlanta from Chattanooga (or anywhere else) until
it purchased the Atlanta, Knoxville & Northern in 1903 and merged it in 1905.
The L&N gained entry into Atlanta from Chattanooga in 1957 when it merged
the NC&StL into its organization.
Hope this helps.
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