The Georgetown and Lanes Railroad was built in 1882 between Georgetown and Lanes, SC; it connected at Lanes with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad between Charleston and Florence, and to Sumter.
By 1915 the G&L had been absorbed by the Carolina, Atlantic and Western Railroad, by which track had been laid between Charleston and Hamlet, NC. It crossed the Georgetown-Lanes route at Andrews.
The Seaboard Air Line acquired the CA&W in 1915, and made the Charleston-Hamlet route the Eastern Carolina division north of Charleston, which remains in service with CSX. Georgetown's SAL branch line therefore had an SAL mainline serving it, and the Andrews-Lanes section apparently became essentially a redundant interchange track between SAL and ACL, as well as local service along the route.
On a 1928 soil survey map, the section was present, and indicated as "SAL." The section could not be seen on a 1939 large-scale state map. By 1943, a highway map definitively confirms it was removed; today, the appropriately-named Seaboard Road is in its place.
Thanks to Mitch Bailey for contributing information.
I grew up in Lane. I always heard (local folklore) that the Seaboard Road, which runs from Lane to Andrews is the longest straight stretch of road;(20 miles with no curves), in the state and maybe in the Southeast. My father said that was because the road was built on top of the old SCL route.
20 miles - no curves....it has to be a record somewhere.
West Columbia, SC
In Andrews Yard you can still see the leg of the wye that connected the old Lane route. In the middle of the wye are foundations from buildings from this early era.
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