- 1 Introduction
- 2 Active Lines (Mainline, Branch or Industrial)
- 2.1 CSX Railroad (CSXT)
- 2.2 Norfolk Southern (NS)
- 2.3 Short Lines (Branch, Industrial or Freight)
- 3 Military Rail
- 4 Passenger trains
- 5 Disused lines
- 6 Abandoned lines
- 7 Railtrails and "Transitways"
- 8 Proposed Rail, Rail Construction Projects
- 9 Yards
This is an alpha-level (basic structure outlined, still has incomplete sections and errors) wiki for railroads, both freight and passenger, in South Carolina. Please bear with OSM as it continues to achieve completion; it is under construction.
Active Lines (Mainline, Branch or Industrial)
CSX Railroad (CSXT)
CSX Transportation, Incorporated, a Class I 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 (1,269 route miles, 56% of the statewide rail system of 2,291 miles), 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.
|Andrews Subdivision||Seaboard Air Line (SAL)||Charleston - Hamlet, North Carolina||High level tagging complete and alignment fixes. Added in sidings and industrial trackage||Tagged usage=main north of Dillon, usage=branch south. Needs track fixing around East Junction (Hamlet Terminal jct. with Andrews): it isn't clear where the service=crossover rail is and there are multiple (two? three?) tracks here.|
|Augusta Subdivision||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)||Yemassee - Augusta, Georgia||Somewhat TIGER Reviewed|
|Blue Ridge Subdivision||Clinchfield Railroad||Spartanburg - Erwin, Tennessee||Somewhat TIGER Reviewed|
|Charleston Subdivision||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)||Florence - Savannah, Georgia||Partially TIGER Reviewed|
|CN&L Subdivision||Columbia, Newberry & Laurens (CNL)||Columbia - Laurens||High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete; double-checked, done||Tagged usage=main south of Clinton, usage=branch north. About 3.4 km through Clinton uses Monroe Subdivision (also usage=main) as a crossover.|
|Columbia Subdivision||Seaboard Air Line (SAL)||Columbia - Fairfax - Savannah, Georgia||High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete; double-checked, done||This line has varying traffic levels. Between Columbia and Fairfax, traffic is light especially with the loss of coal traffic; usage=branch. South of Fairfax the line sees a bit more activity; usage=main.|
|Eastover Subdivision||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)||Columbia - Sumter||High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete; double-checked, done|
|Hamlet Terminal Subdivision||Seaboard Air Line (SAL)||Columbia - Hamlet, North Carolina||High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete||Needs track fixing around East Junction (Hamlet Terminal jct. with Andrews): it isn't clear where the service=crossover rail is and there are multiple (two? three?) tracks here.|
|Lane Subdivision||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)||Lane - Sumter||High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete; double-checked, done|
|McCormick Subdivision||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)||Greenwood - Augusta, Georgia||Lightly TIGER Reviewed|
|Monroe Subdivision||Seaboard Air Line (SAL)||Abbeville - Hamlet, North Carolina||Somewhat TIGER Reviewed|
|Spartanburg Subdivision||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)||Spartanburg - Greenwood||Done||Loss of coal traffic makes this line seem more like usage=branch|
|South End Subdivision||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)||Florence - Rocky Mount, North Carolina||Somewhat TIGER Reviewed|
|Belton Subdivision||Piedmont & Northern (PN)||Spartanburg - Pelzer||High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete|
|Creston Subdivision||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)||Creston - Pregnall||High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete|
|Georgetown Subdivision||Seaboard Air Line (SAL)||Georgetown - Andrews||Not Started|
|Orangeburg Subdivision||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)||Sumter - Cope||High Level Tagging and Alignment Cleanup Complete|
|Cross Subdivision||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)||Saint Stephen - Cross||Not Started||Serves the Cross (power) Generating Station|
|Lee Steam Plant Industrial Spur||Piedmont & Northern (PN)?||The single way is entered||South of Pelzer||No TIGER tags||There is a 3 mile spur tagged usage=industrial south of Pelzer entered in OSM. Name is speculative.|
Norfolk Southern (NS)
The Norfolk Southern Railway, a Class I 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. NS operates 679 route miles in South Carolina, 30% of South Carolina's rail system. Major commodities are chemicals, coal, lumber and wood products, pulp, paper and allied products and transportation equipment.
|Charlotte District||Southern Railway||Greenville - Linwood, North Carolina||Lightly TIGER Reviewed|
|Greenville District||Southern Railway||Greenville - Chamblee, Georgia||Incomplete||Need to verify current name|
|R Line||Southern Railway||Columbia - Charlotte Jct.||Needs Bing alignment check 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.|
|SC Line||Southern Railway||Charleston - Orangeburg - Columbia||Partially TIGER Reviewed||Track elements need better/more consistent name tags. Fix some dis-connectivity at/near the Eastover Crossing SE of Columbia. CSXT has trackage rights, but not known over what extent.|
|C Line||Relation not defined yet||Columbia - Falcon Airport||Incomplete|
|Michelin Branch||Southern Railway||Relation not defined yet||Donaldson Center (SCTAC) line||Incomplete||Old Air Force Base spur. Perhaps name is "Donaldson Lead?"|
|R Line||Southern Railway||Columbia - Augusta, Georgia||Needs Bing alignment check 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.|
|V Line||Southern Railway||Greenville - Piedmont||Done||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)
While the structure of Short Lines tables is "largely complete," the OSM work of TIGER review, proper tagging and full updating to present and actual state is only in its early stages. "Color status" in tables will change from red to yellow to green to reflect completion.
Genesee & Wyoming (CPDR, SCRF)
|Railroad Name (and Reporting Mark)||old_railway_operator=*||Relation||Route||TIGER Review||Notes|
|Carolina Piedmont (CPDR)||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)||East Greenville - Mauldin - Laurens||Done||Tagged usage=branch between Laurens and East Greenville, tagged usage=industrial north through Greenville. Hauling chemicals, food products, forest products, gas turbines, plastics, resins and wind turbines. Major customers include General Electric and Cryovac. Interchange with CSXT at Laurens. 34 route miles.|
|South Carolina Central (SCRF)||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL), Seaboard Air Line (SAL)||Florence - Darlington - Floyd - Hartsville - Bishopville||Partially TIGER Reviewed||Tag owner=Genesee & Wyoming might be applied. The one operational segment connects and interchanges traffic with CSXT at Florence and extends to Bishopville. It has a broad base of customers, with the largest being Nucor Steel, Sonoco Products, and Republic Services. Hauling > 30,000 carloads annually including chemicals, plastics, waste/trash and other commodities. The other segment connected and interchanged traffic with CSXT at Cheraw and extended southward to Society Hill. Service is no longer provided on this segment and abandonment has been approved but not yet implemented: harmonize with entry in Disused section. 42 route miles. There are at least two abandoned sections off the ends. Needs some help getting the relation members and tagging correct.|
Palmetto Railways (ECBR, PTR, PUCC)
|Name (and Reporting Mark)||old_railway_operator=*||Relation||Route||TIGER Review||Notes|
|Charity Church Subdivision (ECBR)||State Junction (Cordesville) - Charity Church||High Level Tagging and alignment complete. Nucor Trackage added||Serves BP Chemical, Nucor Steel and Santee Cooper Cross Generating Station, interchanging with CSXT at State Junction. Hauling chemicals and steel. 17 route miles.|
|Charleston Subdivision (PUCC)||Relation not defined yet||Port of Charleston||Not Started||Provides switching services to the terminals of the South Carolina State Ports Authority and other various industries in Charleston County, interchanging with CSXT and NS. Tags ownership=state, owner=South Carolina Department of Commerce and operator=Palmetto Railways might be applied. 4 route miles.|
|North Charleston Subdivision (PTR)||Relation not defined yet||Charleston (port and nearby industries)||Not Started||Provides switching services to the terminals of the South Carolina State Ports Authority and other various industries in Charleston County, interchanging with CSXT and NS. Tags ownership=state, owner=South Carolina Department of Commerce and operator=Palmetto Railways might be applied. 1 route mile.|
R. J. Corman Railroad Group (RJCS Mullins, RJCS Conway)
|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)
|Railroad Name (and Reporting Mark), Line Name||old_railway_operator=*||Relation||Route||TIGER Review||Notes|
|Aiken Railway Company, LLC (AIKR), Aiken Branch||South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company (1827, South Carolina's first railroad)||Oakwood - Montmorenci - Aiken - Warrenville||Tags appear correct, alignment not checked against Bing, sidings/yards may need improvement||Tagged owner=Norfolk Southern and operator=Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation. AIKR interchanges with NS at Warrenville. It leases from NS and operates this 12.45 mile branch line in Aiken County.|
|Aiken Railway Company, LLC (AIKR), North Aiken Branch||South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company (1827, South Carolina's first railroad)||Aiken - North Aiken||Tags appear correct, alignment not checked against Bing, sidings/yards may need improvement||Tagged owner=Norfolk Southern and operator=Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation. It leases from NS and operates this 6.45 miles branch line in Aiken County.|
|Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC (GRLW)||Piedmont & Northern Lines (PN), Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (CSXT)||Honea Path - Belton - Cheddar - Williamston - Pelzer||Currently Tagging||GRLW interchanges with CSXT at Pelzer and PKHP at Belton. GRLW also has interchange access to NS at Anderson via its Belton PKHP connection. Hauling about 2000 carloads annually including biodiesel, ethanol, feed products, fertilizer, limestone, paper, plastics, and scrap metal. 13 route miles.|
Others (CALA, LC, PDRR, PKHP, RRWX)
As each of these "other" Short Lines are a single line owned by a single railroad (except CALA), 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 railway=rail ways) and the name of the line (properly tagged with name=* on railway=rail ways). 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 to the railway=rail ways. An additional tag of reporting_mark=* is neither documented nor "OSM approved" but it has been added to railway=rail ways (or a 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, reported to be back in service. Is it? If so, enter here. If not, see Disused section and enter there or Abandoned section. Two lines: Mullins to Whiteville, North Carolina (36.5 miles), of which 14.5 miles are in use, Conway to Chadbourn, North Carolina (39.0 miles), of which 25.0 miles are in use and 11.5 miles of the Horry County Railroad leased to Waccamaw Coast Line-WCLR and operated by CALA, 51 route miles total. Only the Mullins area is now served due to bridge deficiencies. Principal commodities carried include coal, aggregates, wallboard, and lumber. Major shippers include Santee Cooper, Martin Marietta, Builder’s First Source, Atlantic Publishing, and Southern States Cooperative.|
|Lancaster & Chester (LC)||The 31 miles between Catawba and Kershaw from NS||Lancaster - Chester||Not Started||Serves a variety of shippers/receivers, including PPG, Guardian Glass, Thyssen‐Krupp Steel, Mississippi Lime, ADM, Gerdau Ameristeel, GAF Materials, Circle S Mills, and Boral/Owens Corning among others. Major commodities are building materials, chemicals, corn, recycled base oil, sand, soybeans, soybean oil and meal and steel. The railroad interchanges traffic with both CSXT and NS at Chester. Tag owner=Gulf and Ohio Railways, Inc. might be applied. 60 route miles.|
|Pee Dee River Railway (PDRR)||Atlantic Coast Line (ACL)||McColl - Bennettsville||Not Started||Branch line extending from McColl to Marlboro via Tatum and Bennettsville along with a spur from Bennettsville to Breeden. A subsidiary of Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad, established in 1987 to operate over former CSXT trackage, interchanging with CSXT at McColl. Predominate products handled are aggregates, chemicals, fertilizer, paper, plastic pellets and pulp. Customers include Domtar Paper Mill, Flakeboard Mills, Hanson Aggregates, Mohawk Carpet and Southern States. Tags owner=Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad and operator=Pee Dee River Railway Corporation might be applied. 25 route miles.|
|Pickens - Honea Path (PKHP)||Southern Line (SOU), now NS, CSXT?||Anderson - Belton - Honea Path||Tags appear correct, alignment not checked against Bing, sidings/yards may need improvement||Until recently, Pickens Railway Company consisted of two separate operations located upstate. One was the original Pickens Railroad (PICK), which ran 8.5 miles from a connection with the NS main track at Easley to Pickens in Pickens County that began operation in 1898 and is now abandoned (seeing new life as Pickens/Doodle Trail). The other, the railroad’s Honea Path Division (PKHP) and entered here, is a combination of NS and CSXT branch lines located in Anderson County. Hauling bird feed ingredients/grain, borate ore, carbon black, electrical equipment, farm supplies, fertilizer, kaolin, limestone, paper, plastics, rubber and rubber processing oil, scrap metal, scrap paper, silica and synthetic rubber. Traffic is interchanged with NS at Anderson, as well as with GRLW at Belton and hence to a CSXT connection in Pelzer. There are some westerly usage=industrial service=spurs at the end south of Anderson, entered and tagged in OSM, not entered here. 20 route miles.|
|Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad (RRWX)||Rockton - Rion||Not Started||Tourism/heritage railroad. Tag relevant infrastructure usage=tourism and/or railway=preserved.|
This section under construction.
Significant usage=military railway=rail exists at military sites, including Savannah River and NNPTC, however, there is only a small abandoned spur at Fort Jackson. Other sites (Charleston AFB, MCRD Parris Island, MCAS Beaufort...) have little or no rail. Try this Overpass Turbo (OT) query.
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. If you find Status which should be updated, please do so!
The South Carolina Department of Transportation's Multimodal Transportation Plan's Statewide Rail Plan states "There are currently no commuter rail services operating in the state." However, please see Proposed Rail section, below.
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:
|Auto Train||52-53||car||Complete; public_transport v1. No service to South Carolina; thru-service only between Virginia and Florida.|
|Crescent||19-20||national||Complete; rough public_transport v1. Stops in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Clemson. Continues to New Orleans and New York City.|
|Palmetto||89-90||national||Complete; public_transport v1. Stops in Dillon, Florence, Kingstree, Charleston and Yemassee. Continues to Savannah, Georgia and New York City's Penn Station.|
|Silver Meteor||97-98||national||Complete; public_transport v1. Stops in Florence, Kingstree, Charleston, Yemassee, and Raleigh, North Carolina. Continues to Miami and New York City's Penn Station.|
|Silver Star||91-92||national||Complete; public_transport v1. Stops in Camden, Columbia and Denmark. Continues to Miami and New York City's Penn Station.|
Colors are national Amtrak routes = a shade of blue (darker shade implies longer route), car Amtrak routes = yellow.
Tourism, heritage and historic trains (SCRM)
|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|
This table is incomplete, being somewhat complete along the coast, but missing disused lines further inland and upstate. If you find a line (relation link, Review Status...) that needs to be added, updated or improved, please do so!
|Name (and Reporting Mark)||Relation||Route||TIGER Review||Notes|
|Carolina Coastal Railway (CLNA)||Relation not defined yet||Blacksburg - Kings Creek||Not Started||Acquired from NS, CLNA began operations in 2011, then ceased in 2013|
|Carolina Southern Railroad Company (CALA)||Relation not defined yet||Florence - Wilmington, North Carolina||Not Started||In 2014, reported out of service due to bridge deficiencies. The entire railroad is 75.5 miles in length serving both Carolinas with 51 route miles located in South Carolina. Apply railway=disused to relevant infrastructure segments. If/when fully in service, modify/move this row to Short Lines table (above).|
|Hampton and Branchville Railroad Company (HB)||Relation not defined yet||Canaday's||Not Started||Was hauling coal and paper. However, currently out of service following the November 2013 closure of SCE&G Canaday's Station power plant, HB's major customer. Apply railway=disused to all infrastructure segments. Interchanged with CSXT at Hampton. 40 route miles.|
|South Carolina Central Railroad (SCRF)||Relation not defined yet||Cheraw - Society Hill||Not Started||From interchange with CSXT at Cheraw and extending southward to Society Hill (12.8 miles) is no longer in service and abandonment has been approved but not yet implemented. At actual abandonment, tag railway=abandoned should be applied to relevant infrastructure segments, then move this row entry to Abandoned section (below). 42 route miles.|
|Relation not defined yet||Union and westerly||Not Started||In Union, a short spur off of NS' W Line is tagged railway=disused. Very little is known about these segments. Were they once part of the railway=abandoned segments east of Union, tagged name=Buffalo Union and Carolina?|
|Seaboard System Railroad (????)||Partly entered as a way along with other segments||Yemassee - Beaufort||Barely Started||Barely entered and named, needs improvement.|
There are entries in the Railtrail and "Transitway" table (below) which contain significant segments of abandoned rail. It can be a bit of a coin-toss whether they should be here or there (or both? e.g. PICK).
These tables are incomplete, being somewhat complete along the coast, but missing abandoned lines further inland and upstate. If you find a line (relation link, Review Status...) that needs to be added, updated or improved, please do so!
|C Line||Southern Railway||Relation not defined yet||North of Pelion (between Falcon Airport and Darden Airport) - north of Hardeeville||Incomplete|
|V Line||Southern Railway||Piedmont - Alston||Started||Some pieces intact|
|Southern Railway||Relation not defined yet||Jonesville - Lockhart||Not Started||Southeast of Jonesville, a short spur off of NS' W Line is tagged railway=abandoned. TIGER tags indicate these were once part of Southern Railway, now NS.|
|NS?||Relation not defined yet||East of York (end of NS SB Line) - York - Carolina Coastal Railway SE of Blacksburg||Not Started|
|?||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.|
|The single way is entered||Andrews - Lane||Not Started|
|Booth Parker Tram||The single way is entered||North of Andrews||Not Started|
|Raleigh and Charleston, SAL?||The single way is entered||Andrews Subdivision - Fork - Lakeview - North Carolina boundary||Not Started|
|ACL||The single way is entered||Boardman - Fairmont - Elrod - McDonald||Not Started|
|The single way is entered||Charleston Subdivision (Ravenel) - Hollywood - Meggett - Yonges Island||Not Started|
|The single way is entered||Meggett - Goshen||Not Started|
|The single way is entered||Andrews - Lane||Not Started|
|Pickens Railroad||Since inception in 1898 was always PICK until abandonment||Easley - Pickens||Looks good, should be double-checked||Abandoned in 2013; tracks removed. Now the Doodle Trail (ped/bike path).|
|Seaboard Coast Line Railroad||Relation not defined yet||Charleston Subdivision at Green Pond - Walterboro - Hampton and Branchville (at Stokes)||Not Started|
|Relation not defined yet||Hampton and Branchville's H and B Junction (near Lodge) - Ehrhardt||Not Started|
|Relation not defined yet||Hampton and Branchville's H and B Junction (near Lodge) - Smoaks - Canadys - Cottageville||Not Started||Eastern segments are patchy; may need to be entered as railway=razed|
|Relation not defined yet||Walterboro||Not Started||Spur from other abandoned line at Walterboro northeasterly to airport|
|C&WC Anderson Branch||Relation not defined yet||PKHP south of Anderson - Abbeville Subdivision - McCormick||Not Started|
|Swamp Rabbit Tram Trail||Greenville and Northern Railway (????)||Relation not defined yet||Greenville - Travelers Rest - Slater - River Falls||Not Started|
|LC?, owner of HG-Line in North Carolina||Relation not defined yet||Chester - York - North Carolina boundary at HG-Line towards Gastonia||Not Started|
|LC||Relation not defined yet||Cheraw - Chesterfield - Pageland and westerly||Not Started|
Railtrails and "Transitways"
A railtrail uses a former railroad right-of-way (ROW) for equestrian, bicycle or hiking paths, preserving the ROW for possible future re-use as a railway while providing a useful service in the meantime. These are often tagged highway=cycleway or highway=footway depending on whether they prefer or allow bicycle or pedestrian traffic. It is OK to tag both railway=abandoned and highway=cycleway if it is the case that an abandoned railway became a railtrail (for bicycle use, for example).
There might be entries in the Abandoned tables (above) which contain significant segments of railtrail (usually ped/bike). If so, it can be a bit of a coin-toss whether they should be here or there (or both? e.g. PICK).
This table is incomplete, being somewhat complete along the coast, but missing possible railtrails further inland and upstate. If you find a line (relation link, Review Status...) that needs to be added, updated or improved, please do so!
|Marion Hike and Bike Trail||CSX?||Partly entered as way along with other segments||Mullins - Marion - South End Subdivision||Not Started||Through Marion, becomes the Marion Hike and Bike Trail as a highway=footway|
|Pickens Doodle/Doodle Trail||PICK||Easley - Pickens||Looks good; should be double-checked||Ped/bike path|
|SAL?||Partly entered as way along with other segments||Andrews Subdivision - Pamplico||Not Started||North of Pamplico, becomes a highway=footway paralleling Marsh Road and further northwesterly to Willow Creek Siding, then continuing on (not as a footway) paralleling Ben Ingram Road to Florence, crossing I-95 to the South Carolina Central Railroad SE of Darlington|
|West Ashley Bikeway||SAL?||Partly entered as way along with other segments||Dupont Station - Western bank of Ashley River||Not Started|
|West Ashley Greenway||SAL?||Partly entered as way along with other segments||Ripley Point - Charleston Subdivision at Johns Island||Not Started|
Proposed Rail, Rail Construction Projects
In addition to the Camp Hall Rail Project noted in the table (as it is "closer to completion" in its actual early planning phase), there is a proposal for High Speed Rail: Georgia DOT, in partnership with South Carolina DOT and North Carolina DOT, are leading development of a Tier I EIS for a high speed rail corridor between Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia that passes through the state’s Upstate region roughly parallel to I‐85. This Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan (PRCIP) is part of a larger high‐speed rail initiative on the behalf of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that extends north to Washington, DC and is commonly referred to as the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) Corridor. Two of the alignments being evaluated in the Charlotte to Atlanta PRCIP study connect Charlotte with Columbia. One proposed alignment follows an existing CSX freight line, while the other is a Greenfield alignment roughly parallel to I‐77. Regardless of whether high‐speed rail service is found to be feasible, interest has been expressed in passenger rail service between Charlotte and Columbia that would connect to the expanding passenger rail network being developed in the Charlotte region. Until a real plan, route and map emerge and a funding source is identified, it is not appropriate to enter into OSM ways tagged railway=proposed. Ways tagged railway=construction are appropriate once construction begins.
Commuter rail or rail‐transit efforts have been investigated in five areas of the state, primarily in urban regions. As a result of the investigations, a proposal is being advanced in one urban region (Charleston) and two have selected Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) over commuter rail (Greenville and Rock Hill). Commuter rail corridors are not currently being considered in the other two urban areas (Columbia and Anderson).
In 2009, Greenville County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC) initiated the Multimodal Transit Corridor Alternatives Feasibility Study focused on a 3.42‐mile section of inactive freight rail line extending from North Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville to just north of Mauldin. This line segment is owned by GCEDC. The study was completed in March 2010. Four transit alternatives were considered, including commuter rail, light rail transit (LRT), streetcar and BRT. The study envisioned a commuter rail option using existing tracks from Fountain Inn to eastern Greenville at Forester Road. The service then would continue on the rail corridor owned by GCEDC into Greenville. Of the four alternatives, BRT was ranked highest and was recommended.
The Berkeley‐Charleston‐Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) has conducted studies for commuter rail service on two routes in the Charleston Metropolitan Area. In October of 2008, financial assistance was requested from the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank to enable the planning and eventual construction of a commuter rail system connecting the suburban areas of Summerville, Goose Creek and Moncks Corner to the central business districts of North Charleston and Charleston, in two phases:
• Phase 1: Summerville – Charleston, predominantly on the NS corridor; and
• Phase 2: Moncks Corner – Goose Creek – Charleston, predominantly on the CSXT corridor.
This regional system envisioned connecting growing suburban communities with the urban centers of the Charleston region, providing an alternative mode of transportation for the area’s workforce and relieving congestion during the peak times on I‐26. It is the single remaining "likely to be realized" rail rapid transit system in South Carolina. However, since the last date describing this project was 2008, it is not entered into OSM nor the table below as an actual project until more recent data are available; updates are appreciated.
|Camp Hall Rail Project||Relation not defined yet||Berkeley County||Palmetto Railways is planning for the development of a usage=industrial rail line to serve the Camp Hall Commerce Park (CHCP) in Berkeley County. The new rail line will connect CHCP to existing railroad right-of-way located near the Santee Cooper Cross Generating Station. The project team anticipates holding the next public meeting in late summer 2017, when more of the project study area may emerge towards an actual rail line route. Until that happens and a funding source is identified, it is not appropriate to enter into OSM ways tagged railway=proposed. Ways tagged railway=construction are appropriate once construction begins.|
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 rail yards in the state.
|Name||Railroad||Area||Subdivision(s) Served||TIGER Review||Notes/Status|
|Cayce||CSX||Columbia||Hamlet Terminal, Columbia, Eastover||Needs TIGER review|
|Bennett||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|