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What facilities did the ACL have at Pembroke, NC. I remember a wooden station that used to sit at an angle at the ACL/SAL crossing. Was this a joint facility or did each RR have its own station or own freight facilities? If ACL had its own, when was it abandoned, moved or destroyed? Also, prior to the 1967 merger, I believe that very little to no interchange occurred at Pembroke; am I correct?

Raymond Smith

-- Raymond Smith (, February 03, 2002


Well, my good friend Tim Parnell, mayor of Parkton, thinks that town should also be served, and it has an existing station (ex-ACL). And well is may be, by a tourist railroad. This crap is all political, and who you know makes the difference. Ain't life grand??


-- Pete Wenk (, February 07, 2002.

As far as Pembroke being served; WHY IS IT NOT ALREADY SERVED? It seems that it should be. As far as whether the route of Goldsboro vs Fayetteville were to be chosen would still pose the same question to me; would Pembroke get served simply because another train happened to go thru town? Yes, there would be more trains (and thus hopefully more opportunities for at least flag service) but again my question would be 'why is there not already service?'


-- Raymond Smith (, February 07, 2002.

In the ongoing debate as to whether passenger service between Releigh and Wilmington should be routed via Goldsboro or Fayetteville....

One of the points is that The University of North Carolina at Pembroke would be served by the latter routing...

Might come about after all..

-- Pete Wenk (, February 07, 2002.

One of the locals told me the Pembroke depot (used jointly by ACL & SAL) was moved off-line and was intended to be converted for use as an ice cream parlor. A suspicious fire put an end to those plans, sometime in the '80's I believe.

Call me crazy, but I've always thought that Pembroke should have at least rated flag stop status in the Amtrak era for, say The Palmetto, being that it's a college town and close to the substantial town of Lumberton. Just my two cents.

-- Bob Venditti (, February 06, 2002.

The wreck was on the ACL, north of Pembroke, between Rennert and Buie (see the NC DeLorme atlas). There is an account of the accident in the ICC archives on line; a very detailed account showing track locations, MP's, etc).


-- Raymond Smith (, February 05, 2002.

The wreck mentioned above, was that on the Coast Line or Seaboard? My Father grew up on the Seaboard in a small town named Clarkton, NC,...about 45 minutes southeast of Pembroke.

Thanks in advance

-- Taylor Edwards (, February 05, 2002.

I have a 1922 station list (#12) which shows Regular Agency Stations at both Rennert and Buie it even gives the agent's name.

-- Eric Corse (, February 04, 2002.

there were no facilities at rennart or buie

-- V.L.LEWIS (, February 03, 2002.

The collision you are referring to the the well known one that occurred between Rennert and Buie, correct? Did any type of facilities exist at either of these small rural towns? Raymond Smith

-- Raymond Smith (, February 03, 2002.

Until the early 60's, there was an attended interlocking at the SAL crossing. Don't know if it was in the depot or a tower. Remember, the last O.S. (train report) for No. 8 on December 16, 1943 was 1:20 AM given by the Pembroke operator. Eleven miles later, it collided with No. 91.

-- Harry Bundy (, February 03, 2002.

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