Celebrating 10 Years of Service

Aiken Railway Company

Aiken Railway Company, LLC (AIKR), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation, leases and operates 18.90 miles of rail line in Aiken County, South Carolina.

AIKR’s 12.45-mile line between Warrenville and Oakwood owes its heritage to South Carolina’s first and oldest railroad, the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company. The line was chartered by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1827, with the route being completed through Aiken in 1833. The 6.45-mile line extending between Aiken and North Aiken was completed by the Edgefield, Trenton & Aiken Railroad in 1879. The combination of these remnants today allows AIKR to sustain the more than 180-year record of continuous rail service in Aiken County, serving Oakwood, Montmorenci, Aiken, and Warrenville communities while offering satellite access to the North Augusta, SC and Augusta, GA markets.

AIKR has begun to upgrade the infrastructure of and add capacity to its line to further aid in the ongoing development of adjacent parcels, in order to attract new businesses to locate along the line and bring additional new job opportunities to the citizens of Aiken County.

AIKR interchanges with Norfolk Southern (NS) at Warrenville, SC and currently offers five-day service to its online customers. AIKR is a member of the South Carolina Association of Railroads (SCAR), a member of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), and recipient of the ASLRRA’s annual Jake Award with Distinction for achieving a Frequency/Severity Index of 0.00 for the past eleven consecutive years (2013-2023).

AIKR is the recipient of the Norfolk Southern 2013 General Manager’s Award – Piedmont Division for a seamless startup transition and exceeding customer expectations while improving service levels in the first 6 months of operation. AIKR is also a member of the Economic Development Partnership of South Carolina (EDPSC).

Freight Tariff AIKR 8100 (PDF file) Issued July 1, 2023, Effective October 1, 2023

Freight Tariff AIKR 9001 (PDF file) Issued July 1, 2023, Effective October 1, 2023

For more information on available sites or to discuss how Aiken Railway can serve your business and shipping needs, contact our business office at 864-334-5374.

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