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Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby GE45tonner » Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:03 pm

Heading down to Myrtle Beach for a week. Did a quick scope of the area railfan-wise and the city's only shortline is inactive. Anyone know of any good railfanning spots within about an hours radius? I know that CSX has the main line through Dillon and another splits off towards Charleston, but what are some specific spots and times to see some trains (passenger or freight)?

Thanks!!
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Re: Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby lvrr325 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:31 pm

Probably best bet would be around Florence, there's a yard, Amtrak, and when I was last in town it seemed pretty busy, I went to the Florence Flea Market which is close to the tracks and heard several trains - on a Sunday morning.

There's a bridge over one end of the yard with big sidewalks, too.

You're also not far from the South Carolina Central shortline, which runs through Darlington and Hartsville.
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Re: Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby lakeshoredave » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:55 am

pembroke, nc or dillon, sc would be the closest spots to myrtle beach with legitimate mainline action.
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Re: Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby lvrr325 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:34 am

I kind of suspect he's made his trip since he posted in mid-April.
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Re: Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby RailVet » Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:34 am

Here's some news involving rails in Myrtle Beach:

Horry County on track to buy Carolina Southern Railroad as early as October
http://www.myhorrynews.com/news/busines ... b2370.html
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Re: Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby buddydog » Sat Mar 05, 2016 7:09 am

any news concerning the rebuilding of the carolina southern rr? early estimates by rj corman had it operational by 2016.
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Re: Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby buddydog » Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:59 pm

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Re: Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby lakeshoredave » Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:28 am

Good to see rail service is returning to Myrtle Beach!
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Re: Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby lvrr325 » Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:19 am

RJ Corman finally had a move on April 6th, picking up a formerly stranded empty center beam flat and also picking up CALA 100 (GP18/ex Rock), but it's from a newspaper piece so it doesn't indicate where anything went.

Not clear to me what's happened to their other engines. The former NKP GP18 was cut up in 2014, also was a former MEC GP38 and former SOU GP30 on the property. Can't find any pictures later than mid-2014. I'm sure the GP38 is still around, it was running, GP30 appeared to be out of service at that time.
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Re: Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby RockGp40 » Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:35 pm

lvrr325 wrote: The former NKP GP18 was cut up in 2014, also was a former MEC GP38 and former SOU GP30 on the property. Can't find any pictures later than mid-2014. I'm sure the GP38 is still around, it was running, GP30 appeared to be out of service at that time.


The SOU GP30 was scrapped. Another one of the GPs also got the torch. The three GP38s on the property and the old Baltimore and Annapolis SW were spared. I'm guessing they will get shipped out for overhaul, new paint, and put back to work elsewhere on their system.
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Re: Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby buddydog » Thu Apr 07, 2016 4:35 pm

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Re: Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby lvrr325 » Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:59 pm

RockGp40 wrote: The SOU GP30 was scrapped. Another one of the GPs also got the torch. The three GP38s on the property and the old Baltimore and Annapolis SW were spared. I'm guessing they will get shipped out for overhaul, new paint, and put back to work elsewhere on their system.


Well that's a shame. Did Corman buy the locomotives with the railroad?
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Re: Myrtle Beach area Railfanning

Postby Flat-Wheeler » Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:08 pm

How did the Myrtle Beach area cope with the storm surge flood & high winds from Hurricane Matthew ??? Anyone have any information yet ?
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