Let's start with a tour of the towns along the Durham & Southern
mainline. One of the main influences in the creation of the Durham &
Southern was the Duke family in Durham to help supply their tobacco company
with tobacco and cotten (for the bags holding the tobacco). It was also
to supply their newly built Erwin Cotten Mills in Erwin.
D&S Track Schematic
Apex Schematic, courtesy of Ernest Robl
Also note that you can view the track locations by going to http://www.historicaerials.com/
and selecting Topographical map view preferably prior to 1980.
**Please note that some of these links go to the Piedmont
& Western Railroad Club's NC Railroad Station Photo page and we
kindly thank them for allowing us to do so.
**We also appreaciate EndangeredDurham.blogspot.com
for their excellent site and history of some of these places (mostly Durham).
Durham MP 0
Headquarters building was located at 904 Ramseur St. Is now a church called
Iglesia De Restauracion. Photo taken March 14th, 2007.
Old Durham Station which was used by the D&S. Demolished on Sept.
A few industries that were highlighted in the 1969 Annual Report located
in or near Durham:
East Durham MP 2.3
D & S. C. Junction MP 3.8
This was where the original Norfolk Southern got into Durham via
trackage rights on the D&S. The NS trackage was originally built as
the New Hope Valley Railroad, renamed in 1905 as Durham & South Carolina
Railroad. Leased to the NS, bought in 1957.
Few MP 5.7
- 2 Cement/Concrete mixing business is here, Marquett Cement MP 5.7
and Ready Mix Cement MP 6. Just south of East Cornwallis Road.
Genlee MP 10.4
Carpenter MP 14.2
Freight Depot on July 26th, 2008
Carpenter Farm Supply Co. (the Depot is behind me in this photo, click
on it for a larger size)
D&S Bridge MP 19.6 - Clearance 13'-8"
Apex MP 20.7
to original Apex tower with caption: "Apex, NC - August 22, 1934
- Interlocking tower at crossing of
Seaboard Air Line north-south mainline (behind tower) and Durham and
Southern Ry. tracks in foreground. View looking southeast toward
Apex Schematic, courtesy of Ernest Robl
Union Passenger Depot and Freight Depot are still standing. In this view
we are looking south on the CSX line. http://www.pwrr.org/nstation/apex.html
Sadly the old coal tower in Apex was recently demolished for a bunch
of new condos. I remember exploring this many times when I was younger
and lived in Apex. I would ride my bike up to the Grocery Boy Jr. off
Laura Duncan and play the video games in there and buy some candy. Sometimes
we would ride our bikes down the dirt road to the old Purina building.
This is one of my favorite photos:
- L.G. Jordan Oil Company
- Stock Building Supply
Fuquay-Varina MP 33.4
Depot has been moved ~50 feet to the southeast and is fully restored.
It is now host to a furniture consignment store called My
Front Porch. It is now a bar called Aviator Brewing Tap House
This photo was taken after it was moved, but before it was restored. In
this photo, they were putting in the new foundation underneath it at the
Kennebec MP 38.2
Not sure if there was a station here at one time or not. There is
a private airfield here. Just north of the airfield is the Highway 55
bridge that goes over the old right of way.
Angier MP 40.4
Angier Depot is surviving as the Chamber of Commerce. With SCL 1083 caboose
next to it.
Downtown Angier across from the Depot.
Barclaysville MP 44.5
Noted for a DS wreck in 1975 and as a crossroads and Inn on the Old
Stage Road: http://barclayvilla.com/history.htm
Coats MP 48.8
Old Coats School, now has a new gas station on the corner.
Depot is serving two businesses (Hair Salon & Land Sales & Rentals).
You can see the Freight building in the background.
Town info: http://www.coatschamber.com/aboutcoats.cfm
- Large Lumber mill was located here
Erwin Junction MP 53.4 A wye was once located here
Erwin MP 55.4
History of the Erwin Mills (No. 2)
Now it is run by the Erwin Business Complex:
Short spur here to the site of the Erwin Cotton Mills Company. Originally
named Duke in 1903, changed to Erwin on January 1, 1926.
Mural from days gone past in better times.
Older part of the building. Not sure when this one was built.
Downtown Erwin in July 2008.
- Nello Teer Sand & Gravel Co.
- Burlington Industries purchased Erwin Cotton Mills in 1962. In 1987,
Burlington Industries was purchased by Swift Textiles, Inc., of Columbus,
Ga. Erwin Cotton Mills in Erwin, N.C., closed down on Dec. 31st, 2000.
Loads in: coal, cotton, dyes & chemicals, machinery. Loads out:
rolls of denim.
Dunn MP 56.8
Depot is still there, serving as a cement business. However, there is
nothing left of the engine shed except the concrete pad.
Town info: http://www.dunn-nc.org/history-of-dunn-nc-499.asp
- Dunn Ice & Fuel Co. Inc
- Paul Beasleys Concrete
- Cotton Gin & warehouse (Need name of this one)
- Fertilizer company (Need name of this one also)
D&S track schematic: