North Carolina Railroads - Cape Fear Railways

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

CFR

1921

1921

Unclear

Fort Bragg, NC

Skibo, NC
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The US Army's Camp Bragg opened in 1918 as a field artillery training center just west of Fayetteville in Cumberland County. The military base covered some 200 square miles. It was renamed Fort Bragg in 1922, and the Army had its own base railroad, the Cape Fear Railway, with which the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad established a connection in 1926 just outside Fayetteville at Skibo Junction.
Per the Electric Railways Journal, Volume 50, Number 27, of 1921: on August 16, 1921, the North State Power Company of Raleigh purchased the Cumberland Railway & Power Company, when the receivership of that company was terminated, and on December 7, 1921, the North State Power Company sold all of its railway assets to Cape Fear Railways, Inc.
The Electric Railway Journal of December 31, 1921 reported: "The North State Power Company, Raleigh, NC, which on Aug. 16, 1921, bought the Cumberland Railway & Power Company when the receivership of that company was terminated, sold its railway holdings on Dec. 7 to the Cape Fear Railways, Inc. This company is a new corporation, with its home office in Fayetteville, but with its general offices in Raleigh. The capital stock is $50,000 and the extension of the present system to a total length of 20 miles is immediately contemplated. Previous sale of the Cumberland Railway & Power Company to a company of bondholders was recorded in the Electric Railway Journal for July 30, 1921."
The Electric Railway Journal of March 4, 1922 reported: "Self-Propelled Motor Car Replaces Trolley—The Cape Fear Railways, Inc., as purchaser of the properties of the Cumberland Railway & Power Company, Raleigh, NC, is engaged in completing a gasoline-propelled transportation system of 20 miles running from Massey Hill south to Fayetteville, through Fayetteville and westward to Camp Bragg. The company plans to construct 5 miles of additional track over which it is intended to operate gasoline-propelled rolling stock."

The Twenty-Sixth Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission for the Biennial Period, 1931-1932, with a Compilation of Railroad Returns for the Years Ending December 31, 1930 and 1931 provides:

Road operated between Skibo, NC, and Fort Junction, NC. Company organized on October 1, 1921, under laws of North Carolina.

President .................................................... H.A. Page, Jr.......................................... Aberdeen, NC
Secretary & Treasurer ................................ E.T. Latting, Jr........................................ Aberdeen, NC

Capital Stock .............................................................................................................. $23,300.00
Cost of Road .............................................................................................................. $63,258.81

Road Operated .............................................................................................................. 20 miles
Road Owned ................................................................................................................. 5 miles

Employees ...................................................................................................................... 14

Towns on Route:

Fort Bragg

Skibo



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