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When did the train stop passenger service in Wilmington?

Patrick Gannon

On Friday, March 1, 1968, passengers arriving to board the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Co. train from Wilmington to Rocky Mount found out that they would be the last.

That day, “old-time railroad men” came to the railyard to bid passenger service to Wilmington goodbye.

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd,” a railroad spokesman told the Wilmington Morning Star, the predecessor to the StarNews.

According to the newspaper, popularity of the trains had waned for years, and only about 10 passengers a day were riding in each direction. And by then, mail, which once provided a large revenue stream for the railroad, was being transported by other means.

(This answer comes from a column written by then StarNews reporter Patrick Gannon.)

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