Atlantic and Western Railway

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Atlantic and Western Railway
Atlantic and Western Railway logo.png
Reporting mark ATW
Locale North Carolina
Dates of operation 1896–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Jacksonville, Florida

The Atlantic and Western Railway (reporting mark ATW) is a Class III short-line railroad operating about 10 miles (16 km) of track in Lee County, North Carolina. Atlantic and Western is part of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. and formerly part of Rail Management and Consulting. It was reorganized in 1927 from the Atlantic and Western Railroad.


Originally the A&W ran between Sanford and Lillington, 25 miles. In 1961, the line was abandoned except for 3 miles from Sanford eastward. In the 1970s, the ATW's fleet of modernized 40-foot boxcars in food lading service were some of the very last 40' boxcars in revenue service in the United States. In 2001 the A&W began operating between Sanford and Cumnock over a line that was originally a segment of the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway and subsequently Southern Railway and Norfolk Southern. In 2011, Norfolk Southern granted the A&W additional rights to serve customers between Cumnock and Brickhaven over the original Norfolk Southern Railway.


Further reading[edit]

  • Robl, Ernest H. (March 1978). "Distance Isn't Everything". Rail Classics. Vol. 7 no. 2. pp. 58–67. ISSN 0194-9187.

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