The South Carolina Railroad was chartered in 1827 as the South Carolina Canal & Rail Road Company. It completed a 136-mile line from Charleston to Hamburg, a town lying across the Savannah River from Augusta, in 1833. In 1843 the company merged with the Louisville, Cincinnati, & Charleston Railroad Company to form the South Carolina Railroad Company.
For legal reasons, it was not until 1853 that the South Carolina Railroad Company was able to build a railroad bridge over the river into Augusta.
In 1881 the company was reorganized and renamed the South Carolina Railway Company.
Maps, Timetables, and Other Information:
1855 mileage table (140K)
1858 advertisement, at Duke University Libraries
1859 advertisement (85K)
1863 timetable (223K)
1870 timetable (186K)
1882 map (58K)
Thomas Fetters. The Charleston & Hamburg; A South Carolina Railroad and an American Legacy. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 1988.