Carolina & Southern Railway

Packers#1 Jul 2, 2011

  1. Packers#1

    Packers#1 TrainBoard Member

    Hey fellas, remember me? With school work and the lack of a layout I kinda fell off of the trainboard map so to speak. But I’m back with a new, smaller layout that I’m hoping to ‘finish’. There is no trackplan because the layout is just a loop of Kato Unitrak with a pair of Truss Bridges over the river. I’m going to freelance the river; however, it’s colors and inspiration will be drawn from the Great Pee Dee River, which we pass over every time we go to see my dad’s family in Latta, SC (I was going to model the little Pee Dee, but the inspiration for this layout started one time when we crossed the Great Pee Dee). The town is completely freelanced. I’m hoping to pick up two more DPM kits (Cricket’s Saloon and Otto’s Parts) and the styrene for my scratch highway bridge at Blue Ridge Hobbies in Greenville, SC, the week after next. But anyways, here’s some pics.

    Overview as of 7/1/11 (it’s dark so you can see the relief in the joint compound)

    Shot of the truss bridges

    And finally here’s ex-ATSF U23B #6330 on the bridge (as you can see she’s ahd a bit of decal work done)

    Also, here’s a video with sound dubbing I put together

    In case anyone is interested, I can post a history of my freelanced railroad, the Carolina & Southern Railway. I’m also planning an inglenook so I can have some switching operations
  2. fcnrwy

    fcnrwy TrainBoard Member

    Packers#1 - Ya, I would be interested. Post away!

    Jerry G.
  3. Packers#1

    Packers#1 TrainBoard Member

    welp, here goes nothin then haha

    The Carolina & Southern Railway


    The Carolina & Southern Railway (CSRY), operating since 1910, is part of the Southeastern Rail Carriers (SERC) network today. This line is the lower eastern seaboard feeder line for SERC, which was formed to handle traffic between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and ports along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. The other railroads are also major regional players. The Gulf Coast & Texas Southern operates, as the name implies, along the Gulf Coast and in Texas, as well as Mississippi and a few other nearby states. The Cincinnati, Chicago, & Memphis Railroad serves the states of Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and other states along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Altogether, the major meeting points for these railroads are along the Appalachian Mountains, between Kentucky and the states below it, and in Georgia and Alabama. The Carolina & Southern Railway also holds the Florida East Coast Railway, providing it with a line from Virginia to Miami.


    The Carolina & Southern Railway was formed in 1910 by the merger of the Richland, Norfolk, and Raleigh Railroad, the Carolina Central, and the Augusta, Atlanta, and Tallahassee Railway companies. Their goal was to challenge the Southern Railway, and while the Southern grew, the CSRY stayed small, willing to scrape out any profit. Eventually, SERC saved the line, along with the other two member railroads, and allowed them to compete with the Southern and the Family Lines, and then Norfolk Southern and CSX.

    Motive Power

    Dieselization began in 1939, with the first EMD FT units being delivered on May 24. Soon after, the railway switched to Alco, who had built most of their steam locomotives, taking delivery of 8 RS1’s, 14 RS3’s, and 29 RS11’s. The road also upgraded its mainline units with 12 C628’s, along with an additional order of 4 C630’s. C420’s were delivered in three batches, eventually totaling 41 units in all. When Alco went under, General electric units were the order of the day, beginning with two orders of U23Bs, each with 14 locomotives a piece (causing the loss of the beloved RS1’s and RS3’s). 18 B23-7s were purchased (taking out 22 of the RS11’s and 5 C420’s), but the GE romance ended with the Dash 8-40B. Only 6 units were delivered before the order was cancelled, due to crews reporting that the ride was uncomfortable. EMD’s were next purchased, with F45’s and GP60M’s to lead lash-ups of older diesels, including the 6-axle centuries and 4 axle GE’s. After SERC was formed in the late-90’s, most of the CSRY’s modern motive power was purchased through the SERC motive power pool started to offset the cost of modern locomotives and the arguments about changing motive power. However, there are a few SD60 and SD70 variations that were purchased solely by the CSRY.

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