South Carolina Railroad

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)

Suggested Reading:

Thomas Fetters. The Charleston & Hamburg; A South Carolina Railroad and an American Legacy. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 1988. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

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