Myrtle Beach rail depot

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Myrtle Beach rail depot

Postby Bobby S » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:43 am

Read a little history about it and saw some pictures. Looks great. My questions... Where did this ROW tie into? Is it still intact? I tried tracing it back to see where it led. Was wondering if it went to Dillon or another city that Amtrak serves. I think it would be a great seasonal shuttle train if you could make a connection with the Silver Service somewhere. Thoughts???
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Re: Myrtle Beach rail depot

Postby lvrr325 » Sat May 11, 2013 7:50 am

Trackage is former ACL - Waccamaw Coast LIne from Conway to Myrtle Beach, connecting at Conway to the Carolina Southern (and all operated under one banner) which includes parts of a couple of other lines extending into Chadbourn NC and back to Mullins SC where connection is made to CSX. While this eventually ties back to Dillon, the route is roundabout; a direct connection from Conway to Mullins was abandoned in the 1940's.

Much of the line is currently out of service account bridge problems that need millions of dollars to repair.


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http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2012/0 ... uture.html
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Re: Myrtle Beach rail depot

Postby thebigham » Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:29 pm

RJ Corman is reopening this line:

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/b ... 88522.html

APRIL 6, 2016 7:38 PM

Rail service returns to Horry County for first time since 2011

The blast of a train whistle doesn’t bother Angela Younts.

That’s a good trait for the owner of Dukes Recovery to have, as her business sits beside Canfor Southern Pine, the first Horry County company to use local rail service in five years.

At 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, a red locomotive slowly pulled into Canfor’s loading station. The train was the first to venture into the area since R.J. Corman Railroad Group purchased the line in August.

“It means another step to our goals of more economic development, more jobs for our area,” Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus said. “It’s just one piece of the entire puzzle.”

The railroad’s previous owner, Carolina Southern, shut down most operations in 2011 because some of its bridges failed to meet new federal standards.

After buying the line, Kentucky-based Corman hoped to have trains moving through the area last year, but October’s heavy rains washed out some of the infrastructure.

Crews worked overtime restoring the tracks and the company spent millions repairing the damaged lines.

The opening was pushed back a few times, including last month, because of maintenance needs and some delays in moving locomotives.

But on Wednesday, a train made its first trip to Canfor to pick up an old rail car, said Bill Henderson, Corman’s vice president of sales and marketing.

The car had been sitting at the loading station for years, and the move helped clear the way for trains to begin making regular visits to the lumber mill, possibly as early as next week, said Michael Symons, Canfor’s director of transportation for U.S. operations.

Symons said the restoration of rail service will allow Canfor to serve markets in the Midwest and Northeast. Reaching those areas hasn’t been economically feasible in recent years because of the high cost of trucking.

Because locals haven’t seen consistent train traffic in five years, Corman officials have led a safety awareness campaign, reminding drivers to stop and look for locomotives at rail crossings rather than blowing through them.

Henderson spent months contacting civic groups, government officials and various organizations to discuss the importance of safety at rail crossings.

“Our organization is dedicated to operating the safest, most efficient shortline railroad in the nation,” Henderson said in a news release. “We must create a high level of awareness among everyone who lives here and travels through about what it means to be safe around trains.”
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Re: Myrtle Beach rail depot

Postby buddydog » Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:33 am

has the railroad been rehabbed into myrtle beach? are the freights running on a regular schedule? is canfor getting regular service?
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Re: Myrtle Beach rail depot

Postby RockGp40 » Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:12 pm

The trains make it to Conway, but not much further east. The bridge is still an unaddressed concern, so trains are not crossing the intracoastal waterway in to the beach area. The freights are running semi regularly. Canfor is still their best customer thus far, but other carloads are appearing. Most of the equipment that has been stranded has been removed and put back in to freight service (except for the NS stone cars - they're still in Conway).
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