I'm the founder of the Horry County Railroad Historical Society and I wish to share some insight and photoso of the Aynor Branch. When built the line maily served to provide the farmers of the Aynor and Cool Springs area with a way to transport their produce to the markets in Chadbourn, NC and further north. Line was originally planned to continue on to Rains, SC to connect with the SAL line there, but construction never started and in the 1940's the line was abandoned. Today there are still a few places where the old right-of-way is recognizable. Please feel free to visit and join our Facebook page all of our historical photos are posted there.
According to http://www.carolana.com/SC/Transportation/railroads/sc_railroads.htm , it was part of the Conway, Coast, & Western RR as of 1904. It was acquired in due course by the ACL.
Langley in the _Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Album_ states that this section was abandoned by the ACL during WWII, in 1941, when it was said wartime conditions & the scrap steel drive made the ICC much friendlier to permitting abandonment of money-losing sections of rural branch track.
I AM OVER FORTY YEARS OLD AND LIVED IN THIS AREA ALL MY LIFE, AND HAVE NEVER KNOWN OF A R.R. FORM CONWAY TO AYNOR. ARE THERE ANY OLD MAPS OR CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE TO FIND IT?
The ACL branch to Aynor can be seen still in some places. Part of the old Right of way can be made out a the back of Coastal Mall in Conway. Also just on the left after you enter Cool Springs on Highway 319 between Homewood and Aynor. Through the trees you can see part of the roadway and an embankment where part of what appears was a trestle.
I remember working with people who worked with people that had been over this line in the last days of its operation. I do not have many details but I have walked the right of way for it many years ago when I first worked in the areas. I just was wanting a little more detail if someone one this post can help me with that. Thanks Guys Posting this 29 December 2015 Tuesday
I have contacted other people on Facebook and have not received any response from anyone. Some of those people are listed here I see.
If you want to see to see the route of the Conway to Aynor portion of the old ACL(ex Conway, Coast, & Western Railroad)branch you can download Google Earth and type in Abandoned Railroads South Carolina. It will show you the routes of many abandoned lines in SC as well as the Aynor Branch. This was quite helpful in my research of the line and where the wye was located in Conway. I have been to Cool Springs SC and seen the old Roadbed as well as portions around Conway.