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Ben Roberts Collection of Southern Railroad Photographs

Identifier: SCL-VM-14834
Primarily negatives of Southern Railway engines, rolling stock, and facilities, 1950s-1970s. Photograph of last run of AB special, Graniteville, S.C., showing engine and cars on tracks near low bridge over stream. Also negatives of construction of train tunnel in Spartanburg, Argent Lumber Co., Campbell Limestone Co., Swamp Rabbit Railroad, Blair Quarry, Becker Sand and Gravel, Clinchfield Railroad, Greenville and Northern Railroad, Charleston & Western Carolina Railroad, and Hamburg.

Ben Roberts worked for Southern Railway as pipefitter from 1939-1956, working at Spencer Shops near Salisbury, N.C., and in Virginia and Georgia. He photographed and recorded steam engines and collected photographs of engines and rolling stock. This is a portion of his collection relating to South Carolina.

Special thanks to Tom Fetters for providing railroad expertise to better understand this collection.


  • 1935-1977

Conditions Governing Access

Open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or use materials beyond personal research must be obtained from the Director of the South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, 910 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208.


626 See container summary (Photographic negatives)

Physical Location

This collection is held by the South Carolinina Library, 910 Sumter St. Columbia, SC 29208. All collections are currently housed off-site and require 24-hours advance notice to retrieve. Please call (803) 777-3132 or email to request materials.

Repository Details

Part of the South Caroliniana Library Repository

910 Sumter St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
(803) 777-5747 (Fax)

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