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My First trip on the Southwest Chief going to the 2018 NRHS Convention in Cumberland, Maryland


Chapter Nine

Aberdeen, Carolina & Western

Fayetteville

 Selma

 Wilson

 Rocky Mount


 July 30, 2018

Monday

by

Robin Bowers


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    We left the Super 8 in Salisbury and headed to the grade crossing just north the Salisbury station. Here we waited for the Carolinian to arrive. We called Julie and learned it left 25 minutes late this morning.


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

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Looking south towards Charlotte.

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Looking north to Greensboro.

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    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.




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These are the former Canadian National units that the railroad just received.

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

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

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An old caboose.

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




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Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad MP15 1417.

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PRLX CW50AC  609.

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    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.


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

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


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

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

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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.

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The other two Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad units along the highway with Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad SD40-3 6909 in the lead. A good paint scheme and a washed engine make for a stunning look.


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Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railroad SD40-3 6939. From here we drove straight to Aberdeen.



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Sign in front of Railway Company's office.

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On our way to Aberdeen we passed the Pinehurst Resort outside of Aberdeen, NC.

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    Pinehurst Resort is a golf resort in the United States, located in Pinehurst, North Carolina. It has hosted a number of prestigious golf tournaments including three U.S. Open Championships, one U.S. Women's Open, three U.S. Amateur Championships, one PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.

    Pinehurst consists of nine 18-hole golf courses, each named simply by a number, and a 9-hole par-3 course. Pinehurst No. 2 has consistently been ranked as one of the top courses in North Carolina and among the best in the United States. In addition to the golf courses, Pinehurst has three hotels, as well as many villas, condos, restaurants, and other leisure facilities.




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You can see it is a great course from the lushness of the greens.

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The Aberdeen Seaboard Air Line station.

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Aberdeen & Rockfish RR caboose with the Aberdeen & Rockfish office building.

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From here we drove over to the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad shops.

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Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad GP-38 400.

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Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad CF-7  2486. From here we drove east to Raeford to our next stop.


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    The Raeford Maxton, Alma & Southbound Railroad station. Later east down the highway we 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.
   

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The Fayetteville Seaboard Airline station.

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Before we left here I stopped at the Subway store for a Chicken Teriyaki sub for lunch to eat on the way to Selma, NC.

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Waiting room and ticket office.

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From here we drove north to Selma and our next stop.

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

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The Selma Atlantic Coast Railway station.

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Inside Selma Union Station.

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There is another station in this town just to the west.

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

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Old train painted on water tower. From here we continued north to Wilson and our next stop on this trip.

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Chris saw a headlight down the tracks coming our way from the south.

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A couple rail fans here in Wilson.

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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.

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The Rocky Mount Atlantic Coast Line Station.

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Freight train traveling through the station.

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Inside views

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    From 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. After checking in we went across the highway to Wendy's for dinner. Getting ready for tomorrow is less stressful when staying more than one night. Tomorrow an early morning ride on the Piedmont awaits.


Thanks for reading

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