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How often do trains pass through the Wilmington area?

Kellen Moore

The simple answer is: often.

CSX, a freight transportation company that owns many of the rail lines in the Wilmington area, has several trains that run daily, as well as some that pass through a few times a week, CSX spokesman Garrick Francis said.

The company does not release specific information about schedules for security reasons.

But at least one reader has heard trains whistle as they pass through around 2 a.m. near the Greenfield Lake area.

The trains’ contents include industrial supplies for companies such as DuPont, as well as coal to local utility plants and even military supplies as needed, Francis said.

The U.S. military also uses the railway system to and from the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, a site for shipment of ammunition, explosives and other dangerous cargo.

But passenger trains haven’t stopped in Wilmington since 1968, said Pat Wilkie of the Wilmington Railroad Museum. The closest Amtrak stations are in Dillon, S.C., and Fayetteville.

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