Lancaster & Chester Railroad

lancasterandchester-logo LANCASTER & CHESTER AT A GLANCE
Miles of Track: 59.8 miles
Employees: 23
Equipment: 11 engines, 8 cars


  • 512 S. Main Street – P.O. Box 1450, Lancaster, SC 29721
  • Phone: 803-286-2100, Fax 803-286-4158
  • Contact: Stephen M. Gedney, President

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The Lancaster & Chester runs from a connection with CSX and Norfolk Southern in Chester to Catawba and from Lancaster to Kershaw. This history of the L&C dates back to the narrow gauge Chester & Cheraw Railroad chartered in 1873. The present company was chartered in 1896. The Catawba/Lancaster/Kershaw line was acquired from Norfolk Southern in 2001.

Counties Served: Chester, Kershaw, Lancaster and York

Principal commodities carried include: chemicals, sand, steel, corn, soybeans, soybean oil, soybean meal, recycled base oil, and building materials.

Principal shippers include: Omnova Chemicals, Guardian Glass, Thyssen-Krupp Steel, ADM, GAF Materials, Boral/Owens Corning, Circle S Feed Mill,  Coatex, Dow Chemical, Gerdau Steel,  Mississippi Lime, PPG and South Eastern Petroleum.. These companies employ about 4,800 local workers with a payroll of $135 million (estimated). The Lancaster and Chester Railroad is owned by the Gulf and Ohio Railways, Inc., based in Knoxville, Tennessee.