On Sunday morning, Yours Truly spent a couple hours crossing from east Carrboro into West Chapel Hill, and following the track tracks that end at the power plant.
That’s right, a coal train delivers their fuel, by way of a 10-mile spur from the Norfolk-Southern line that crosses through Orange County. But here’s another fun fact. The train tracks once extended even farther east, through campus!
No time for a proper blog post, so here’s a list of links with all the information. Plus photos of Mike’s walking trip, as he tried to find (or at visualize) the old tracks on campus. Click away and the stories shall be revealed…
Maps and Diagrams
Click the first three to enlarge:
Railroad map of North Carolina, 1900. See reference below.
Chapel Hill and Suburbs, 1934 – Via North Carolina Maps
Railroad map of North Carolina, 1900 – Via North Carolina Maps
Legeros photo album
Daily Tar Heel – Rolling through the history of Carrboro’s Train – November 17, 2015
Open Durham – University Station