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Steel Roads and Iron Men



Ride the Rails of South Carolina Steel Roads and Iron Men takes a journey through the railroading industry in South Carolina. The program revisits the early days of giant steam-driven locomotives and travels into the modern era of diesel-powered trains.

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Steel Roads and Iron Men highlights the old Columbia Newberry and Laurens Railroad, with anecdotes of the trials, tribulations and tragedies experienced by those who worked for the now-defunct railroad line. Interviews with the men who drove the spikes and manned the engines, starting in the early 1940s, fuel this nostalgic journey back in time. This special also examines the logging railroad operations, the plight of the old depots and what the future holds for passenger service in the South. Featured commentators for this broadcast are: Howard Shephard – VP, SC Railroad Museum, Winnsboro, SC Furman Younginer – Asst. Secretary and Asst. Treasurer – CN&L Railroad, Irmo, SC Euston Mayer – Section Foreman – CN&L Railroad, Newberry, SC Valdalster McFadden – Machine Operator – CSX Transportation, Sumter, SC Fred Cumalander – Engineer – CSX Transportation, Little Mountain, SC Kenney P. Funderburke, Jr. – Appalachian Society of American Foresters, Summerville, SC.

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