North Carolina Railroads - Cliffside Railroad

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

CRR

1905

1905

1987

Clifside Junction

Cliffside, NC

Owned and operated by Cone Mills, this railroad was chartered and negotiations concluded with Seaboard Air Line Railway to construct the line from a point - called Cliffside Junction - for three miles to the newly established mill site as well as sidings, for a total of five miles of track.

Grading began in 1903, and the railroad was formally chartered in 1905. It remained in operation until the late 1980s, when it was closed down. Most of the rails remain intact, and engine #113 is still on the premises in the engine shed, awaiting its final fate or better days.

From the Eighth Annual Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission, dated December 31, 1906, with Compilations of Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1906:

President..................................................... R.D. Heath ...................................... Cliffside, NC
General Manager & Passenger Agent ......... W.C. Heath ..................................... Cliffside, NC
Vice-President & Treasurer ........................ R.R. Haynes .................................... Cliffside, NC
General Freight Agent ................................. John M. Scott .................................. Cliffside, NC
Secretary .................................................... Charles H. Haynes ........................... Cliffside, NC

Capital Stock .......................................................................................................... $16,000.00
Cost of Road .......................................................................................................... $13,600.00
Cost of Equipment ..................................................................................................... $1,400.00

In 1984, the railroad acquired the Seaboard System Railroad branch line between Ellenboro, NC and Cliffside Junction, increasing the railroad's total mileage to 8.14. Late in 1987, the railroad's service was suspended. The line was formally abandoned in January 1992.

Towns on Route:

Cliffside Junction on SAL (not a town)

Avondale (1919)

Henrietta

Cliffside

The Thirteenth Annual Report of the North Carolina Commission for the Year Ending December 31, 1911, with Compilations from Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1911, includes the route of the Cliffside Railroad:

Towns on Route (3 miles):
Cliffside
Cliffside Junction



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