South Carolina Central Railroad
Hartsville, SC – Railroad Yard Relocation
The City of Hartsville, South Carolina desired to have the South Carolina Central Railroad move its office and railroad yard facilities from downtown Hartsville, SC so that a green space could be created, joining the Governor’s School, and the campus of Coker College.
The South Carolina Central Railroad engaged Crouch Engineering to help negotiate the scope of the new facilities and estimate the cost of the proposed relocation. Crouch Engineering, working with the Railroad and City, developed a plan for a 20,000 TF proposed yard and passing tracks, a new railroad locomotive and railcar repair shop and warehouse, a new railroad office building, and fueling facilities. The new yard is the first new railroad freight yard to be built in South Carolina since the 1800’s.
Crouch Engineering conducted a topographic site survey, prepared environmental and grading permit applications, designed the proposed freight yard and passing tracks, including construction of 4 miles of new track; a 3,600 ft. access road for the shop and office; a new 9,600 sq. ft. locomotive and car shop, with warehouse, inspection pit and transfer table; a new 2,700 sq. ft. office building; and locomotive wash, fuel, and sand facilities.
The construction was completed without using any of the Railroad’s own funds, and came in under budget by $300,000. And, Crouch Engineering suggested that the County sell the necessary 27 acres to the Railroad the necessary land for a cost of $10. The facility has since been expanded, adding a paint shop and paint shop track, and an additional passing track.
The time from start of negotiations to final construction was 9 months