In General
Getting Here
Historic Photos


In General

Location / Name:
Gastonia NC, xxx County

What's Here:
Amtrak Station
NS Local
Unusual "ditch" they built for the railroad! :-)

GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 704
ZIP: 28052

Access by train/transit:

The Scoop:

An Amtrak station and a classically styled Southern Railway signal bridge make for a convenient and quick little stop if you're traveling the I-85 corridor between Atlanta GA and Charlotte NC.

If you happen to catch NS coming thru, your in luck, and the local ties up north of the station -- part of the train usually sits over I-85 off hours.

Judging from the USGS map, Gastonia once had three roads coming thru: the Southern (Atlanta line), the Carolina and Northwestern, and the Piedmont and Northern

Other nearby towns of interest are Blacksburg and Gaffney SC, and Charlotte NC.

Mike Falls

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area: Vintage photos from the 1970's and 1980's by Mike Falls

Getting Here

Easy as pie, exit 19 off of I-85 puts you right near the "action".  Both the station and the signals are located off E Airline Ave.



  Amtrak Station

GPS Coordinates: 35.269240, -81.162413
350 Hancock St, Gastonia, NC 28054

    Some signals and equipment cabinets stored around back.


  ex Southern Railway Signal Bridge

Textbook example of a classic style.  Easily accessed off of E Airline Ave as can be seen in the Google satellite view.
Given both CSX's and NS's program of updating signals, this may or may not still be here.




Switch Machine Detail

Located near the station.



A nice cut through town offers a place to catch a few shots.


Historic Photos

Here we have a few pictures from Mike Falls' time machine......
Please check out the rest of his great photos from days gone by at the link above!

This view is looking down N Broad Street at the point where the former Carolina & Northwestern tracks crossed at grade over the Southern Railway mainline. In the photo, the tracks crossed where the green Ford pickup truck is waiting on E Long Ave for the traffic signal to change. The building with the red roof was the Piedmont & Northern depot / 1984.

Construction has begun on what would change this part of Gastonia forever. Tracks are in a ditch now. Rails on the old C&NW to Dallas, Lincolnton, Hickory, and York SC are gone. Only a few miles of trackage south on old Carolina & North Western remains now / 1984.

Derail and short piece of old C&NW rail still visible. Rail to the North has been removed. The "ditch" wiped away all evidence of this scene ever existing / 1984.

NS 5057 still in Southern Railway colors leads train past cantilever signal in Gastonia / 1988.


Gastonia Transit Center


A small yard is to the north of the interstate, most is accessible from Warren Ave.

If you're lucky, you may be able to catch something moving down Broad Street.
Not actual street running, but nevertheless, should make for an interesting picture!



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