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Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway

Marion (NC)

The Clinchfield Railroad (CRR) was an operating and holding company for the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway.

The line ran from the coalfields of Virginia and Elkhorn City (KY), to the textile mills of South Carolina, including a 35 mile segment from Dante (VA) to Elkhorn City, forming a connection with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (completed in 1915).

The Clinchfield was the last Class I railroad built in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains.

The 266 mile railroad provided access to numerous scenic wonders within the Appalachian region and is best known for the modern engineering techniques applied during construction, as witnessed by the "Clinchfield Loops" climbing the Blue Ridge Mountains north of Marion (NC).

Southern Railway (July 10)

Marion, North Carolina is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the starting point for the famous "Clinchfield Loops." Southbound coal drags usually see "pushers" and crew changes at this location.
The former Southern Railway "S Line" between Salisbury and Asheville (NC) passes through Marion (renovated passenger station) and crosses over the Clinchfield Railroad (east of town), occasionally interchanging ballast cars with CSX.

CSX Coal Drag leaving Marion for Spartanburg (SC) July 10

Northbound CSX enters Marion (NC) July 10

Southbound CSX coal (Marion, NC) July 10

Clinchfield's Marion Station (circa 1950)

Former SAL-Southern Diamond (Chester, SC)

Eastbound CSX (Catawba, SC) May 28

CSX Banner (Catawba, SC) May 28

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