Barium Springs to Mooresville


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Former Southern Railway line in Barium Springs. This section apparently has not been officially abandoned -- somebody is paying to kill the grass! Photo by Whit Whitaker.

This abandoned railway line ran from Statesville on the Southern (NS) line to Asheville from Salisbury, NC, to Mooresville on the NS line from Charlotte to Winston-Salem. The section from Troutman to Mooresville is officially abandoned, probably sometime in the late 1970s. The line has been cut just South of Statesville, and cross ties have been removed around Barium Springs. A trestle has apparently been removed South of Barium Springs (see picture). Towns on this line from Statesville are Barium Springs, Troutman, Shepherds and into North Mooresville.

Rails shown in Barium Springs removed in 2007-2008.

No rail below a forest products company in south part of Statesville. Track remains from just below Shephards where an industry is served. Track remains in place connecting with Mooresville.

Graeme Watson
Statesville, NC


I'm glad these excellent photographs were captured prior to rail removal. Pretty incredible degredation/damage.

Kevin M. Smith
Cicero, NY


In picture #4 that is not where the trestle was that is where the county fair grounds was having a drainage problem and the county dug up the rail bed to fix the drainage pipe. The trestle was located about a mile south of exit 42 at I-77 . you go down the hill and just before you start up the next hill if you look left in the winter time you will see the bridge abutments up on the two hills at the creek. This is South of Troutman and north of Shepherds

Mooresville, NC


I can state that when my father had a business in Statesville on Shelton Ave. there were quite a few trains that came north from Mooresville that delivered coal and they were help by engines in the middle of the train in order for it to deliver such a heavy loads. I wish I had a camera because there was plenty to see as a little boy with these trains, me and my brother would walk on the tracks to the area where there was a wood mill south of Statesville. The Locomotives were covered wagons and geeps, in does days they use whatever was available.

Brant Hunt
Aiken, SC


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