Carolina Coastal Railway

CLNA_logo.jpg1700 Black Creek Rd.
Wilson, NC 27893
Phone (252) 237-8259
Contact: Alan Bridgers,General Manager

Contact: Al Sauer, President 
505 South Broad St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348 
Phone: (484) 631-5745 

Carolina Coastal Railway (CLNA) operates a 142-mile line from Raleigh to Plymouth, NC and a 17-mile line between Belhaven and Pinetown, NC, serving agricultural facilities and industries in Eastern North Carolina. Connections are made at Raleigh and Chocowinity to the East Carolina Business unit of Norfolk Southern Railway, at Wilson and Greenville to CSX Transportation, and at Belhaven to a barge facility. The railroad has sites available for industrial development and transloading. CLNA began operations in 1989, leasing a 17-mile line from the current Norfolk Southern Railway. This route serves the stations of Pinetown, Acre, Terra Ceia, Bishops Crossing, Pantego, and Belhaven in eastern North Carolina. In 2007, CLNA became much larger. It leased a 142-mile part of the original Norfolk Southern main line from near Plymouth, NC to Raleigh. It intersects with the CLNA Belhaven Branch at Pinetown. Major stations along this route include Plymouth, Pinetown, Washington, Chocowinity, Greenville, Farmville, Walstonburg, Stantonsburg, Wilson, Sims, Bailey, Middlesex, Zebulon, Wendell, Knightdale, and Raleigh.

Since 2010, CLNA also operates the NC State Ports Authority trackage serving the Port of Morehead City. In 2011, it added the 15-mile former Nash County line from Rocky Mount to Nashville (where it connects to a 5-mile NCDOT-owned line to Spring Hope). In addition, CLNA operates an 11-mile line owned by Alcoa between Halls Ferry and Badin, a 7-mile line from Blacksburg, SC to Kings Creek, SC (to serve a customer receiving product at Morehead City), and provides contract switching services in Kinston.


Miles of track: 198 (191 in NC) 
Employees: 30
Carloads:11,000 annually – 1,000,000 tons
Industries served: 63
Equipment: 18 locomotives, 50 freight cars