The Wilmington, Brunswick & Southern Railroad

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In the late nineteenth century, Southport, North Carolina, became the target destination for a major coaling terminal for ships sailing the Atlantic coast. A new terminal would require a railroad to bring in coal and other supplies. More than twenty companies were formed to pursue this idea over the years; while a few made small steps, most were purely speculative. Wearying the expectant town for more than twenty-five years, the vision for a great port was whittled down until local entrepreneurs finally built a modest thirty-mile rail line to connect the town to Wilmington. Local author and railroad historian Mark Koenig chronicles the short life of a short line and the long process of making it a reality.
ISBN: 9781467150378
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: North Carolina
Series: Transportation
Images: 69
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
For 12 years, Mark W. Koenig was the director of the Wilmington Railroad Museum in North Carolina, where more than 175 years of railroad history and heritage were explained and demonstrated. Here he became interested in the story of the Wilmington, Brunswick & Southern Railroad. This book weaves history, geography, photographs, archival materials, anecdotes and personal memories into the surprisingly long lead-up to this short line, along with the life and times of its short life.
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