South Carolina/Railroads

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Active Lines (Mainline, Branch or Industrial)

CSX Railroad (CSXT)

CSX Transportation, Incorporated, a Class I (major) US railroad, has major operating facilities in South Carolina in Charleston (Switching Yard, TRANSFLO Bulk Transfer Terminal, Intermodal Terminal), Columbia (Dixiana Automotive Distribution Center), Florence (Division Headquarters and Dispatch Center, Switching Yard), Greenville (TRANSFLO Bulk Transfer Terminals) and Spartanburg (TRANSFLO Bulk Transfer Terminal). CSX in South Carolina operates and maintains nearly 1,800 miles of track, more than 1,750 public and private grade crossings, handled more than 1 million carloads of freight and employed nearly 1,000 people (2015 figures). CSX carries a variety of commodities including automobiles, consumer products, food and agricultural products. Products shipped within South Carolina include aggregates, coal, containerized consumer goods, plastics and textile chemicals.

Mainline

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Andrews Subdivision Seaboard Air Line (SAL) Hamlet, North Carolina - Charleston Not Started Tagged usage=main north of Dixon, usage=branch south.
Augusta Subdivision Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Augusta, Georgia - Yemassee Not Started
Blue Ridge Subdivision Clinchfield Railroad Erwin, Tennessee - Spartanburg Not Started
Charleston Subdivision Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Florence - Savannah, Georgia Not Started
CN&L Subdivision Columbia, Newberry & Laurens (CNL) Relation 7337162 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Laurens - Columbia High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete
Columbia Subdivision Seaboard Air Line (SAL) Relation 541771 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Columbia - Savannah, Georgia High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete This line has varying traffic levels. Between Columbia and Fairfax, traffic is light especially with the loss of coal traffic. South of Fairfax the line sees a bit more activity.
Hamlet Subdivision Seaboard Air Line (SAL) Hamlet, North Carolina - Columbia Not Started
McCormick Subdivision Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Greenwood - Augusta, Georgia Not Started
Monroe Subdivision Seaboard Air Line (SAL) Relation 1442175 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Hamlet, North Carolina - Abbeville Not Started
Spartanburg Subdivision Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Relation 7328750 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Spartanburg - Greenwood Done Loss of coal traffic makes this line seem more like a branch
South End Subdivision Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Relation 2203674 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Rocky Mount, North Carolina - Florence Not Started

Branch Lines

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Belton Subdivision Piedmont & Northern (PN) Relation 7336743 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Spartanburg - Pelzer High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete
Creston Subdivision Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Relation 7331969 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Creston - Pregnall High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete
Cross Subdivision Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Saint Stephen - Cross Not Started
Eastover Subdivision Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Relation 7335277 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Sumter - Columbia High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete
Georgetown Subdivision Seaboard Air Line (SAL) Georgetown - Andrews Not Started
Lane Subdivision Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Relation 7330569 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Sumter - Lane High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete
Orangeburg Subdivision Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Relation 7334215 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Sumter - Cope High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete

Norfolk Southern (NS)

The Norfolk Southern Railway, a Class I (major) US railroad, owns and operates a vast network of rail lines in the United States east of the Mississippi River. In addition to lines inherited from predecessor railroads (Norfolk & Western, Southern Railway), it acquired many lines as part of the 1998 split of the Conrail system.

Mainline

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Charlotte District Southern Railway Relation not defined yet Greenville - Linwood, North Carolina Incomplete
Greenville District Southern Railway Relation not defined yet Greenville - Chamblee, Georgia Incomplete Need to verify current name
R Line Southern Railway Relation 7350933 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Charlotte Jct. - Columbia Needs visual alignment check against Bing but tags seem correct Note this same R Line south and west of Columbia is usage=branch. This northern main segment is separated by Columbia Subdivision acting as crossover for 125 meters as it crosses Huger Street in Columbia, then southwest branch segment. Charlotte Jct. boundary seems vague.

Branch Lines

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
C Line Relation not defined yet Columbia - Falcon Airport Incomplete
Michelin Branch
(or "Donaldson Lead"?)
Southern Railway Relation not defined yet Donaldson Center (SCTAC) line Incomplete Old Air force base spur
R Line Southern Railway Relation 7350933 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Columbia - Augusta, Georgia Needs visual alignment check against Bing but tags seem correct Note this same R Line north of Columbia is usage=main This southwest branch segment is separated by Columbia Subdivision acting as crossover for 125 meters as it crosses Huger Street in Columbia, then northern main segment.
SB Line Southern Railway Relation not defined yet Kingville - Camden - Kershaw - Rock Hill - Blacksburg - Shelby, North Carolina Incomplete Tirzah - L&C Connection. Most is abandoned or sold to short lines.
SC Line Southern Railway Relation not defined yet Charleston - Orangeburg - Columbia Incomplete
V Line Southern Railway Relation not defined yet Greenville - Piedmont Incomplete Part of the Columbia - Greenville route
W Line Southern Railway Relation not defined yet Columbia - Asheville, North Carolina Incomplete Includes the closed Saluda Grade
Z Line Relation not defined yet Seneca - Sandy Springs - Anderson Incomplete

Short Lines (Branch, Industrial or Freight)

Genesee & Wyoming (CPDR, SCRF)

A "railroad holding company" which owns two Class III (small-sized) usage=branch railroads in South Carolina.

Railroad Name and Reporting Mark old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Carolina Piedmont (CPDR) Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Relation 7328727 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Mauldin - Laurens Done Hauling chemicals, food products, forest products, gas turbines, plastics and wind turbines.
South Carolina Central (SCRF) Atlantic Coast Line (ACL), Seaboard Air Line (SAL) Florence - Bishopville Not Started Tag owner=Genesee & Wyoming might be applied. Hauling > 30,000 carloads annually including chemicals, plastics, trash and other commodities.

R. J. Corman Railroad Group (RJCS)

A "railroad holding company" which owns one Class III (small-sized) railroad as two usage=branch (or usage=industrial?) lines in South Carolina.

Railroad Name (and Reporting Mark), Line Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Carolina Lines (RJCS), Mullins Branch Relation not defined yet Mullins - Nichols - Fair Bluff, North Carolina - Chadbourn, North Carolina Not Started Tag owner=R. J. Corman Railroad Group might be applied. Interchanging with CSX in Mullins.
Carolina Lines (RJCS), Conway Branch Relation not defined yet Myrtle Beach - Conway - Loris - Tabor City - Chadbourn, North Carolina Not Started Tag owner=R. J. Corman Railroad Group might be applied.

Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation (AIKR, GRLW)

A "railroad holding company" which owns two Class III (small-sized) usage=branch railroads in South Carolina.

Railroad Name (and Reporting Mark) old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Aiken Railway Company, LLC (AIKR) South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company (1827, South Carolina's first railroad) Relation not defined yet Oakwood - Montmorenci - Aiken - Warrenville Not Started Tag owner=Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation might be applied. AIKR interchanges with NS at Warrenville.
Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC (GRLW) Piedmont & Northern Lines (PN), Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (CSXT) Relation 7330838 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Honea Path - Belton - Cheddar - Williamston - Pelzer Currently Tagging GRLW interchanges with both CSXT at Pelzer and the PKHP at Belton. GRLW also has interchange access to Norfolk Southern (NS) at Anderson via its Belton PKHP connection. Hauling about 2000 carloads annually including ethanol, feed products, fertilizer, limestone, paper, plastics, and scrap metal.

Others

As each of these "other" Short Lines are a single line owned by a single railroad, rather than entering them into single-row tables, they are grouped into one "Others" table. Note the distinction between the name of the owner and/or operator of the railroad (properly tagged with owner=* and/or operator=* on rail infrastructure elements) and the name of the line (properly tagged with name=* on rail infrastructure elements). These may be the same, or not: for example, the railroad may simply name the line "ABC Industrial Line," "Running Track" or similar, but to be strictly correct, owner and/or operator tags (both if different) AND name tags should be applied. An additional tag of reporting_mark=* is neither documented nor "OSM approved" but it has been added to rail infrastructure (or its route=railway relation) in other parts of the US and so may be considered optional.

Railroad Name (and Reporting Mark) old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
Carolina Southern Railroad (CALA) Waccamaw Coast Line (former CSX branch), Atlantic Coast Line Florence - Wilmington, North Carolina Not Started Was railway=disused or railway=abandoned in real world (though may not have been tagged that way in OSM), as of 2015 is this back in service?
East Cooper & Berkeley Railroad (ECBR) State Junction - Charity Church Not Started Tag owner=South Carolina Public Railways might be applied. Hauling chemicals and steel.
Hampton & Branchville (HB) Canadys (SCE&GC power plant) Not Started Hauling coal and paper
Lancaster & Chester (LC) The 31 miles between Catawba and Kershaw from Norfolk & Southern (NS) Lancaster - Chester Not Started
Pee Dee River Railway (PDRR) Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) McColl - Bennettsville Not Started A division of Aberdeen & Rockfish, established in 1987 to operate over former CSX trackage. Customers include Domtar Paper Mill, Flakeboard Mills, Hanson Aggregates, Mohawk Carpet and Southern States.
Pickens - Honea Path (PKHP) Southern (SOU) Relation 7352214 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Anderson - Honea Path Alignment not checked against Bing, elements need better naming, sidings/yards may need improvement Hauling bird feed ingredients, electrical equipment, farm supplies, kaolin, limestone, paper, plastics, rubber processing oil, scrap metal, scrap paper, silica and synthetic rubber.
Port Terminal Railroad of South Carolina (PTR) Charleston (port and nearby industries) Not Started Interchanging with CSX and NS
Port Utilities Commission of Charleston (PUCC) Port of Charleston Not Started Interchanging with CSX and NS
Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad (RRWX) Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad Not Started Tourism/heritage railroad. Tag relevant infrastructure usage=tourism and/or railway=preserved.

Passenger trains

Tracks, stations and platforms used for passenger trains are properly collected into route=train relations, or relations tagged route=light_rail, route=subway or route=tram when those are the underlying rail infrastructure.

The South Carolina Amtrak subset table below is considered complete. However, especially if you find statewide (passenger=regional) route=train or more local (service=commuter) route=train, route=light_rail, route=subway relations which need to be added to a new table, or Status which should be updated, please do so!

Amtrak operates intercity passenger trains in the contiguous United States: some service=commuter trains, many intrastate and passenger=regional trains and all interstate (long_distance), passenger=national, highspeed=yes, service=night and passenger=international trains (some cross into Canada); see OSM Amtrak wiki table. Try OpenPublicTransportMap. A subset is repeated here with just these types of routes which serve South Carolina:

Amtrak passenger=national trains serving South Carolina (AMTK)

Route Trains Passenger Service Relation Status
Auto Train 52-53 car Relation 3517701 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Complete; public_transport v1. No service to South Carolina; thru-service only between Virginia and Florida.
Crescent 19-20 national Relation 1809808 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Complete; rough public_transport v1. Stops in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Clemson. Continues to New Orleans and New York City.
Palmetto 89-90 national Relation 2648181 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Complete; public_transport v1. Stops in Dillon, Florence, Kingstree, Charleston and Yemassee. Continues to Savannah, Georgia and New York City's Penn Station.
Silver Star 91-92 national Relation 1897938 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Complete; public_transport v1. Stops in Camden, Columbia and Denmark. Continues to Miami and New York City's Penn Station.
Silver Meteor 97-98 national Relation 1590286 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Complete; public_transport v1. Stops in Florence, Kingstree, Charleston, Yemassee, and Raleigh, North Carolina. Continues to Miami and New York City's Penn Station.

Colors are national Amtrak routes = royal blue, car Amtrak routes = yellow.

Tourism, heritage and historic trains

Tag the route=train instances (but not the route=railway instance) of these with service=tourism.

Service Line Reporting Marks Route Relation Status
South Carolina Railroad Museum, BBQ train SCRM Train Relation not defined yet Incomplete; Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad is underlying infrastructure
South Carolina Railroad Museum, other trains SCRM Train Relation not defined yet Incomplete; Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad is underlying infrastructure

Abandoned lines

Former railroad lines, whether still visible on the ground or not, correctly expressed as route=railway relations. Ways are usually tagged railway=abandoned or rarely, railway=razed.

This table is incomplete. If you find a line (relation link, Review Status...) that needs to be added, updated or improved, please do so!

Name old_railway_operator=* Relation Route TIGER Review Notes
? Ca&NW Relation not defined yet Bowlin - Gastonia, North Carolina Incomplete Ex-Carolina and Northwestern Railway line to Chester; Bowlin is the end of the line near the North Carolina border.
V Line Southern Railway Relation 7352213 (XML, iD, JOSM, Potlatch2, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Piedmont - Alston Started Some pieces intact
C Line Southern Railway Relation not defined yet Pelion - Hardeeville Incomplete

Yards

It would be very kind for more OSM volunteers to continue to build up this statewide "Yards" table (stub) with status on every single South Carolina rail yard. It is incomplete as there are many more rail yards in the state.

Name Railroad Area Subdivision(s) Served TIGER Review Notes
Cayce CSX Columbia Hamlet Subdivision, Columbia Subdivision, Eastover Subdivision Needs TIGER review
Charleston CSX, PTR?, PUCC? Charleston Andrews, Charleston, PTR?, PUCC? Needs TIGER review CSX calls this a major switching yard
Florence CSX, SCRF Florence CSX Charleston, CSX South End, SCRF Needs TIGER review
Maxwell CSX Greenwood Monroe, McCormick, Spartanburg Needs TIGER review
Andrews NS Columbia SC Line, W Line, R Line, C Line Needs TIGER review
Greenville NS Greenville Greenville District, Charlotte District, V Line Complete Minor yard used to support local industry and the V Line local
Hayne NS Spartanburg Charlotte District, W Line Complete Supports W Line Local, BMW, and local industry
Seven Mile NS Charleston SC Line Needs TIGER Review