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Alexander Railroad

The Junebug Line

Romulus Linney, the colorful and loquacious politician from Taylorsville, remarked something to the effect that the the emeralds found in the nearby Hiddenite mine were so valuable that "a well-wintered junebug could fly away with enough of the mineral tied to its hind leg to pay for the whole railroad!" When the vote for the railroad's charter came to be taken, the first senator polled announced that "he voted for the Junebug Road!" and the railroad's nickname was born.

Alexander Railroad Company website

North Carolina shortline

Chartered in 1946 and named for the county it serves, the Alexander Railroad Company began service in 1946, when local businessmen and investors purchased an 18-mile Statesville to Taylorsville, North Carolina, branchline from the Southern Railway that had been slated for abandonment. Today the pike interchanges with the Norfolk Southern at Statesville, handles industrial switching in the area, and maintains a shop at Taylorsville.

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