Aiken, SC to Augusta, GA

The Augusta and Aiken Railway

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The Augusta & Aiken Railway started out in 1902 as a 26-mile interurban service connecting Aiken, SC, with Augusta, GA. It ran electric trolley cars between the two towns, with total travel time of about 2 hours. As is typical of these older interurbans, they struggled to find success against the increasing use of the automobile, finally ceasing service in 1929.

Stops between Aiken and Augusta were:

  • Graniteville
  • Madison
  • Warrenville
  • Gloverville
  • Langley
  • Bath
  • Clearwater
  • Summerhill
  • North Augusta

have location where power was made to run the cars also looking for info.

ronald illiams
graniteville s.c.
1/26/2014

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Power came from two sources

1) a coal fired power plant that was located near the intersection of Powerhouse Road and Cherokee Dr. in Clearwater

2) The Stevens Creek dam, on the Savannah River north of Augusta

For more information on the Augusta- Aiken Railway

http://carolinarails.org/counties/aiken/aiken/trolley/trolley.html

Tom
Morgan Hill, CA
4/26/2014

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Power came from two sources

1) a coal fired power plant that was located near the intersection of Powerhouse Road and Cherokee Dr. in Clearwater

2) The Stevens Creek dam, on the Savannah River north of Augusta

For more information on the Augusta- Aiken Railway

http://carolinarails.org/counties/aiken/aiken/trolley/trolley.html

Tom
Morgan Hill, CA
4/27/2014

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In the Aiken historical museum, they have photos of trackage which was uncovered during a road reconstruction. Also, of particular note, the line crossed a rather unique bridge. (I believe this was either over the Savannah River, or the canal.) This bridge was a combination road/train bridge, but was barely two lanes wide. Furthermore it was wooden decked, though I think it was later paved over with asphalt before being replaced. There are photos of the bridge, both after the line was abandoned, and prior to it, but as I live in Utah now I no longer have access to them.

Kibu Fox
Salt Lake City, UT
3/8/2015

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