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Pickens Railway

South Carolina shortline

The Pickens Railway operates freight service from a Norfolk Southern connection at Easely, South Carolina to Pickens, 9.9 miles and from Belton to Honea Path, 16 miles. Rail is 85 to 100 pound on the Pickens line and 85 pound on the Belton to Honea Path line. Traffic is transportation equipment, lumber, cotton, paper and fertilizer. The company was chattered on May 10, 1892 to build a 19 mile line from Easley to Olenoy Gap by way of Pickens. The line was opened to Pickens in 1898. Passenger service ceased in 1928. The Belton to Honea Path line -- part of the old Blue Ridge Railway -- was leased to the Pickens Railroad as a part of Norfolk Southern's Thoroughbred Shortline Program on April 11, 1990. Additionally, PICK now operates CSX trackage in Anderson, some 28.5 miles. Pickens handles some about 5000 carloadings on the entire system.

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