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Important Dates in Southern Railway History



1827 December 19 South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company is Chartered
1830 December 25 The "Best Friend of Charleston" Begins Service
1833 October 03 The South Carolina Canal and Railroad Co. is completed
1873 September 28 The Atlanta and Richmond Airline is completed
1894 February 20 The Southern Railway is Chartered in Virginia
  June 18 Southern Railway Company is Incorporated
  July 01 Southern Railway Company begins Operations
  July 01 Southern takes a controlling stake in Georgia Southern and Florida
  November 01 Alabama Great Southern becomes a part of the Southern
1895 November 11 Asheville and Spartanburg Railroad Acquired
1899 March 12 Southern's "Piedmont Limited" Trains 33 and 34 are Inaugurated
  May 15 Atlantic & Yadkin Railway Acquired
  October 01 Cincinnati, New Orleans &Texas Pacific Railway joins the Southern Railway System
1903 September 27 Train 97 crashes at Danville, VA
1906 November 26 Samuel Spencer is Killed
1911 November 26 2 New Specials are Inaugurated
1913 January 01 General Office Building in Atlanta Opens
  November 25 W. W. Finley, former Southern President dies
  December 01 Fairfax Harrison becomes President of Southern
1916 July 15 22.22 Inches of rain fall at Altapass in 24 hours
  July 16 Floods damage much of the Southern in NC and SC
  August 03 Saluda Grade reopens after July 16 flooding
1918 January 01 USRA Control Begins
1920 March 01 USRA Control Ends
1924 December 01 Ponce de Leon Service Inaugurated
1925 April 26 Crescent Limited Inaugurated
1937 November 01 Ernest Norris becomes president of the Southern
1939 September 24 "The Goldenrod" Begins Operations
1940 November 30 EMD E6s and Alco DL-109s ordered
1941 March 31 "The Southerner" makes its inaugural trip
  May 26 First EMC's FT demonstrator set arrives on property
1944 April 13 Roosevelt's funeral train departs Warm Springs, GA
  April 14 Roosevelt's funeral train arrives in Washington, DC
1951 January 01 Harry DeButts becomes president
1953 June 17 The Final Steam run for the Southern Railway Occurs
1954 September 16 Live Oak Perry & Gulf Railroad and the South Georgia Railway Acquired
  October 03 Southern joins Trailer Train
1960 October 06 The ICC approves Southern's Buyout of the Interstate Railroad
  January 20 Central of Georgia joins Trailer Train
1961 November 25 1401 Moves to Its Permenant Home at the Smithsonian
1962 February 01 D. W. Brosnan becomes president of the Southern
1963 June 17 Southern Acquires the Central of Georgia Railroad
  June 29 The Georgia and Florida Railroad is Purchased
1967 October 01 W. Graham Claytor becomes President of Southern
1974 January 01 The Norfolk Southern Railroad is Acquired
1976 March 01 L. S. Crane becomes president of the Southern
1979 February 01 The Southern Crescent Finishes Its Final Run
  October 01 Harold Hall becomes president of the Southern
1982 June 01 Southern Merges with N&W to Form Norfolk Southern Corp.
1994 May 14 W. Graham Claytor Dies










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