Facebook Page

A Day of Railfanning in North Carolina 7/30/2018

by Chris Guenzler

We left the Super 8 in Salisbury and headed to the grade crossing just north of the Salisbury station. Here we waited for the Carolinian to arrive and I called Julie, Amtrak's automated agent to learned it departed 25 minutes late this morning.

The Salisbury station, built in 1908, from the grade crossing. The train was expected at 7:45 AM and a minute before that, we saw a headlight coming down the tracks from the south.

Amtrak Carolinian train 80 arrived at Salisbury, did its station work and then left thirty-one minutes late this morning. We took Interstate 97 North to Interstate 75 south to the exit for Star, North Carolina and our next stop on this trip.

There are the former Canadian National units that the railroad just acquired.

The old Star station building built in 1920 is the former offices of the Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad.

The emblem of the Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad.

CSX rules instruction car 11566, originally a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad dining car.

Caboose of unknown origin.

Heavyweight coach of unknown origin.

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy coach 4736 "Silver Brand" built for the Denver Zephyr in 1956 ended up at Star on the Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad.

Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad MP15 1417 built in 1975.

Progress Rail {PRLX} CW50AC 609, originally CSX AC6000CW 609. From here we drove next to Candor and first saw two units sitting on the mainline across from the Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad's new shop complex. With no safe place to park, we went down the road and found three more locomotives on a train about to start switching.

Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad SD40-3 6910 built in 1970.

Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad 6910 is pulling his cars out of the siding.

Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad 6910.

Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad SD40-3 6907 built in 1969.

Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad SD40-3 6926 built in 1971.

There is plenty of pulling power with these three SD40-3s. We drove back to the other two engines and pulled safely off the road to photograph them.

The other two Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad engines along the highway with ACWR SD40-3 6909 built in 1970 in the lead.

Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad SD40-3 6930 built in 1971. From here we drove straight to Aberdeen.

The Aberdeen Seaboard Air Line station built in 1905.

Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad caboose 309.

Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad caboose 303. From we drove over the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad shops.

Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad GP38 400 built in 1968.

Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad CF7 2486 rebuilt from Santa Fe F7A 259C in 1975.

Both of the locomotives here in Aberdeen.

Another view of Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad CF7 2486.

One last view of both Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad locomotives. From here we drove east to Raeford to our next stop.

The Aberdeen & Rockfish/Laurinburg & Southern Railroad station built in 1910. Later east down the highway we gassed up the rental car then drove through some heavy one lane traffic at the golf course used by the Masters Tournament. From there, we drove into Fayetteville to our next stop.

The Fayetteville Seaboard Airline station built in 1911. From here we drove north to Selma and our next stop.

Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad wide vision caboose 907 in Selma.

The Selma Atlantic Coast Line/Southern Railway station built in 1923. There is another station in this town just to the west.

On the side of this station.

The Mitchener station built in 1870 is the oldest train station in North Carolina.

Two more views of the Mitchener station. From here we continued north to Wilson and our next stop on this trip.

The Wilson Atlantic Coast Line station built in 1924. I saw a headlight down the tracks coming our way from the south.

A CSX power set coming back to their train after dropping off some cars. Next we went further north to our last stop in Rocky Mount.

The Rocky Mount Atlantic Coast Line station built in 1903.

There is a wrapped observation car but no Seaboard Coast Line SDP-35. We wondered what happened to this locomotive since it was one of the reasons we visited here. We drove to Raleigh but had to pass through the first heavy shower of the trip but made it to the Knights Inn in Raleigh for our two-night stay and went to Wendy's for dinner before I wrote stories then called it an early night.