North Carolina Railroads - Egypt Railway


Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point





Colon, NC

Cumnock, NC
* 1907 in receivership. 1910 reorganized as the Sanford & Troy Railroad.
The Egypt Railroad was chartered June 14, 1890 and opened October 15, 1891 running a short distance from Colon on the Seaboard Air Line Railway main line west to Cumnock. It was leased to the Raleigh & Western Railway, another short line continuing west from Cumnock to Harpers Crossroads, on September 6, 1893. The company entered receivership in 1907 and operations west of Cumnock were suspended in 1908. The Egypt Railroad was reorganized April 1, 1910 as the Sanford and Troy Railroad, as shown above.

From the 1st Annual Report of the North Carolina Railroad Commission, dated December 31, 1891:

The Egypt Railroad was completed in 1891. The incorporation and organization of the Egypt Railway Company before the Secretary of State, was confirmed and ratified by the Legislature, session 1891. No limitation as to duration of charter.

The road begins at Egypt, a point on the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad, and extends to Colon, a point on the Raleigh & Augusta Air-Line Railroad. Total length of road, eight miles.

President ---------------------------------- Samuel A. Henszey.
Secretary ---------------------------------- K. K. Waite.
General Freight and Passenger Agent ------ S. I. Wright.

The general office is at Egypt, Chatham County, NC.

Towns on Route:

Buckner (1891) > Colon (1892)

Egypt Depot > Egypt (1894) > Cumnock (1895)

The Sixth Annual Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission for the Year Ending December 31, 1904, with Compilations from Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1904, includes the route of the Egypt Railroad leased by the Raleigh & Western Railroad, including mileage:

Stations in Order (8 miles):


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