Old South Carolina

It happened one day. For some it came as a surprise; for others it didn’t, since rumors were rife, but the effect on the small towns was enormous.The quiet in and around town about 07:17 made people look around for what was missing. Missing were the trains.
One day those diesels were bellowing up the Saluda Grade in North Carolina. Then they weren’t. The quiet came around the year 2000.

Gaines Packing House 02These trains moved goods from Spartanburg to Asheville hauling everything including beef, pork and poultry. Spartanburg is a huge rail city; they call it the Hub City for Norfolk Southern and CSX. (That’s the old Clinchfield Coal road, one of the largest roads hauling coal out of Kentucky and Virginia)
Gaines Packing House 05And the small towns watched as their jobs and businesses disappeared.The rails are there. There isn’t any need to align the turnout for the siding. The phantom steam locomotive can’t derail.
The lower part of this line is used in Spartanburg servicing local industry.
Instead of those behemoths pulling long consists of freight, we now have miles of trucks on I-26 paralleling the unused tracks.
Gaines Packing House 03Gaines Packing House, Miller Rd, Inman, South Carolina 10/10/2015


About Vermont Woodchuck

Professional Photojournalist since 1969 with a BFA from SUNY Purchase 1979-Visual Arts. I despise advocacy news journalism. Every photojournalist should be prepared to show their camera RAW images of news events. Reason: RAW images cannot be altered no matter what is done to the finished product.
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