North Carolina Railroads - Lawndale Railroad

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

LRR

1899

1899

1943

Shelby, NC

Lawndale, NC
+ 1904 - Company organized on January 1, 1904 under the laws of North Carolina via amended charter of the Cleveland Cotton mills by the NC legislature of 1901.

In 1888, the Cleveland Cotton Mill was built about eight miles north of Shelby, and the small community which sprang up around the mill became known as Lawndale. After ten years of hauling the mill's output via wagons to the nearest railhead (in Shelby), the owners decided it was time to build their own railroad.

Construction began on May 10, 1899 on a 3' narrow gauge line, and on November 11, 1899 the nine mile line was completed. The initial fleet of rolling stock came from the nearby Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad, which had been sold in 1897 and upgraded to standard gauge.

From 1902 to 1906, the railroad had a short boom in revenue thanks to the discovery of monazite in Cleveland County. However, by the 1940s, the trucking industry began eating into its profits, and the line was shut down in April of 1943. By 1945, the tracks were salvaged and little remains.

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Towns on Route:

Shelby

Lawndale

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 Lawndale Railroad, including mileage:

Stations in Order (12 miles):

Lawndale
Double Shoals
Shelby

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 Lawndale Railroad:

Stations on Route (11.46 miles):
Lawndale
Double Shoals
Metcalf's Siding
Weathers
Schencks
Shelby



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