North Carolina Railroads - Wellington & Powellsville Railroad

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

W&P RR

1893

1894

1926*

Windsor, NC

Powellsville, NC
* 1926 - Acquired by the Carolina Southern Railway.
+ 1894 - Acquired the Cashie & Roanoke Railroad.
+ 1893 - Company organized on October 20, 1893 under the laws of North Carolina. Another source asserts the Articles of Incorporation were dated October 25, 1893.

Affectionately called the "Walk & Push," the farmers and small merchants in the area were overjoyed at the arrival of the Wellington & Powellsville Railroad, a narrow-gauge line connecting Windsor to Ahoskie and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.

But the "Walk and Push," which had evolved from a sawmill's lowly logging train, couldn't mix with the bigger lines. When passengers from Bertie County reached the main line at Ahoskie, they had to get off and reload themselves and their merchandise onto the bigger, wide-gauge ACL cars.

To facilitate this maneuver, the Wellington & Powellsville Railroad terminal in Ahoskie, on the opposite side of the bigger tracks of the Atlantic Coast Line station, had a curving set of rails that wound up running parallel to the ACL line for a hundred yards or so. The smaller cars were pushed along this parallel line until they were almost touching the bigger cars, themselves on a spur of the main line.

Towns on Route:

Windsor

Askewville (1893)

Cremo (1904)

Powellsville

Ahoskie (1889)

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 Wellington & Powellsville Railroad, including mileage:

Stations in Order (24 miles):

Ahoskie
Powellsville
Branning
Holly Grove
Askewville
Butler
Windsor

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 Wellington & Powellsville Railroad:

Towns on the Line (22 miles):
Ahoskie
Powellsville
Cremo
Holly Grove
Askewsville
Butters
Windsor



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