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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. We called Julie and learned it left 25 minutes late this morning.

The Salisbury station 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 came into Salisbury, did its station work and then left 31 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 got.

The old Star staion building is the former offices of the Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railroad.

The emblem of the Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railroad.

The body of an old heavy weight passenger car minus wheels.

There is an old caboose as well here.

Unknown passenger car.

CB&Q 4736 "Silver Brand" coach for "Denver Zephyr" ended up at Star on the Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railroad.

Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railroad MP15 1417.

PRLX CW50AC 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 units on a train about to start switching.

Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railroad SD-40-3 6910.

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

Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railroad 6910.

Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railroad SD-40-3 6907.

Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railroad SD-40-3 6926.

There is plenty of pulling power with these three SD-40-3. We drove back to the other two engines and pulled safely off of the road to photograph them.

The other two Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railroad units along the highway with Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railroad SD40-3 6909 in the lead.

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

The Aberdeen Seaboard Air Line station.

Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad caboose 309.

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

Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad GP-38 400.

Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad CF-7 2486.

Both of the locomotives here in Aberdeen.

Another view of the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad CF-7 2486.

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

The Raeford Maxton, Alma & Southbound Railroad station. 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. From here we drove north to Selma and our next stop.

Showa Line Wide Vision Caboose No. 907 in Selma, NC.

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

On the side of this station.

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

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

The Wilson Atlantic Coast Line station. 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.

There is a wrapped observation car but no Seaboard Coast Line SDP-35. We wondered what happened to this unit 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. We made it to the Knight 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