SCL GP40 1586 leading a southbound train near Wilson, NC in April 1978

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The Atlantic Coast Line converted from semaphore signals to searchlight signals in the 1940s. During the early 1960s portions of double track were removed and CTC was installed.

SCL GP40 1586 leading a southbound train near Wilson, NC in April 1978

SCL GP40 1586 leads a southbound train with plenty of power near Wilson on April 29, 1978. At Wilson the Atlantic Coast Line crossed the original Norfolk Southern Railway. The NS ran south from Norfolk to Elizabeth City, NC then meandered in a southwesterly direction through Raleigh and finally reached Charlotte.

SCL GP40 1511 leading a northbound train near Selma, NC in April 1978

SCL train 151 had engine 1511 on the point at Selma, NC on February 27, 1977.

SCL GP40 1568 leading a southbound train near Selma, NC in April 1978

SCL 1568 at Selma, NC in July 1977. At Selma the ACL crossed a Southern Railway branch out of Raleigh that headed southeast to Goldsboro and then through the Atlantic and East Carolina Railway reached Morehead City.

In 1949, ACL ordered the removal of 162 semaphore signals and installation of 83 color light signals between Rocky Mount and Fayetteville 89 miles. The first 20 miles south of Rocky Mount were done in the CTC project and another 19 miles were done to Selma by the end of 1949. The 49 miles between Selma and Fayetteville was completed in 1950. Disk 128