A Look at the Seaboard Coast Line in
North Carolina 1967 - 1970

These pictures were taken in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina and include a sampling of passenger and freight trains, both through and local, operating on the both the former SAL and ACL lines.  Diesels of three manufacturers are pictured in a variety of paint schemes.

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S-12 in Durham, NC Baldwin S-12 switching the SCL tracks in Durham in December, 1967.  The SCL came to Durham via a branch off the old SAL main at Henderson.  The track in the lower right belongs to the Southern. 

Side View of this locomotive

SCL E-7 on Palmland in Raleigh E-7 leading Seaboard Coast Line's southbound Palmland into Raleigh in July, 1968. This locomotive sports one of the three final paint schemes of the Seaboard Air Line.

View of this locomotive from the rear

SCL GP-30   Raleigh, NC Southbound freight in Raleigh, July, 1968.  Like many railfans from the 60's (and later) the GP-30 pictured here became my favorite hood unit with its skyline casing.
Turntable & power  Raleigh, NC Raleigh still had a locomotive servicing facility complete with turntable as shown in this September, 1969 photo.  The primary power congregating in Raleigh back then was GP-7's and GP-9's.
SCL  RSC-3's  Durham, NC Not all power on the SCL in North Carolina in 1969 was EMD as these Alco RSC-3's attest.  They were tied up in Durham for the weekend.  Even though this is a "bad light shot" with a building blocking a good shot, there's still plenty of modeling ideas here for a small engine service facility.

"Good light shot" of an SCL RSC-3 by George Elwood

Boylan Street Tower, Raleigh, NC Boylan Tower, pictured here, controlled the junction of the old (shortline) Norfolk Southern with the Seaboard Coast Line (former Seaboard Air Line) and Southern.  This view looks south down the main line of the NS with the first two cross tracks belonging to the SCL and the third to the Southern.  Chuck and I visited Boylan tower in the summer of 1970 at which time it was the largest manually operated interlocking in the southeast US.
Northbound SCL freight crossing the old Norfolk Southern The tower operator was a friendly sort and shortly Chuck and I were inside chatting and watching as he lined up a northbound SCL freight.  He explained that he worked for the Norfolk Southern which owned the tower and controlled the movements of all three railroads through the interlocking plant.  He even took us downstairs and showed us the mechanical workings of the tower.  (I now regret not being more interested in towers back then; alas I took no pictures of the mechanisms.) 
Boylan Tower is now gone.
SCL's Everglades at Dunn, NC In the Spring of 1970 I had wandered away from my college studies to catch the action on the former Atlantic Coast Line in Dunn, NC.  My camera caught the details of small southern town railroading as the southbound Everglades rolls through.  Little did I realize that, in a year, this train would be gone (an application had already been filed for its discontinuance) and the surviving passenger trains on this line would be taken over by Amtrak.
Gulf Coast Special at Dunn, NC Another train that never made it into Amtrak was the Gulf Coast Special.  This seasonal winter  train is shown here, northbound, also at Dunn.  The second unit in this train (and the one above) is painted and lettered for the Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac which handled all SCL trains north of Richmond, VA.

Another view of the head end of this train

Images and text Copyright (C) 1999, 2000 by Larry Tuttle

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