North Carolina Railroads - Madison County Railway


Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Planned Starting Point

Planned Ending Point





Stackhouse, NC

Roaring Fork, TN
* 1919 - Leased by the French Broad Railroad.

In 1910, the Madison County Railway acquired the assets of the Laurel River Logging Company, and construction resumed on that logging line from Stackhouse to Runion. The railroad also began consolidating the many disjointed logging lines within Madison County, with the intent of gathering the large amount of poplar and pine.

The line eventually stretched from Stackhouse, paralleling the Southern Railway tracks to Runion, then it turned northward and eventually extended to Roaring Fork in Tennessee.

By 1925, most activity on the railroad had ceased, and the line was abandoned on January 1, 1926. In the late 1930s, the remaining locomotive and rails were cut up for scrap metal and reportedly sold to Japan.

Stations on Route (in NC):


NC/TN State Line

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 Madison County Railway:

Stations on Route (10 miles):
Stackhouse Junction

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