Book on the Clinton Terminal Railway : LUSENET : ACL and SAL Railroads Historical Society : One Thread

For some time there was an ad in the classified section of "Lines South" requesting information to be incorporated in a a future book on the Clinton Terminal Railway in eastern North Carolina. It is a former ACL spur northwest of Wilmington. As I recall, this request was made by Gray Tuttle, the owner of that shortline. Can anyone comment on the status of this book project? Does Mr. Tuttle or the Clinton Terminal have an E-mail address? Ed Faggart Lincolnton, NC

-- Ed Faggart (, June 10, 2004



Did the railroad (ACL) have any type of facility at Turkey? There is a structure there that appearsto have been of railroad origin.

-- David R. Smith (, December 26, 2004.

I hardly consider that laughable rag the New York Times a measure of determining the value of anything, much less a book on railroads. Back when Rush Limbaugh's book was No. 1 on everybody's list, including theirs, the New York Times would not even place his book in their list, period. Sorry, but I just had to throw that in. I will be back on topic next time.

-- Bill Sellers (, June 19, 2004.

Not trying to be a smart alleck,but for a RR that barely 5 yrs old this isn't going to be a New York Times best seller. I cannot possibly see how anyone could write a book on a 2 mile long RR that runs on a dead end spur that get maybe 10 cars a day in interchange. Does anyone else feel the same???

-- Vic Lewis (, June 19, 2004.

Ed: As a former locomotive fireman on the ACL I am quite familiar with hat you refer to as the Clinton Terminal Railroad. The old ACL branch extended west from Warsaw, N.C. through Turkey to Clinton. I worked the W&W locals which switched Clinton. There was no wye track at Clinton on which to turn a train, but there was a wye at Warsaw. We had to assemble our train at Warsaw with the train coupled to the pilot of the locomotive with the caboose on the east end of the train. We then proceeded to run the locomotive backward the several miles to Clinton. Upon arrival at Clinton, we would run around our train and begin to work the industrial tracks in Clinton, all of which had facing point switches on the east end, which meant we could work each track in town by making back-up moves with the locomotive to get into the industry. We would build the cars we picked up with the caboose on the west end, or rear, of this train which we could run normally in a forward direction back to Warsaw. Since the train was northbound when we first entered Warsaw from Wilmington, upon arrival back in Warsaw we went around the north leg of the wye in order to rejoin the W&W mainline to proceed north to Faison, Mount Olive, and Goldsboro. Since some time had elapsed while we were gone to Clinton, we had to get clearance from the operator at Warsaw to re-enter the W&W mainline.

-- Bill Sellers (, June 12, 2004.

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