Name: Linwood, North Carolina
Railroads: NS & Amtrak
Location: On NS'S Eastern Piedmont Division Milepost 325 40 miles south of Greensboro. Belmont Road exit off I-85 leads into Linwood. Mainline is easily accessible at Linwood & from I-85 & US 29 to the north & south.
Approximate Daily Train Frequency: 40 or more trains per day; Amtrak: 2 or more trains per day, the Crescent, the Carolinian, & the Piedmont. The Crescent still runs for sure, but I'm not sure about the Carolinian & the Piedmont.
Radio Frequencies: NS: 160.950, AAR 56, 161.490, 160.365, 160.245, AAR 09
Remarks: Listening to the scanner should provide plenty of notice of departing trains. Inbound trains give warning by calling the Spencer operator for permission to enter the yard as follows: Northbound trains call at Reid south of Salisbury; southbound trains call at Maybelle. Security is tight at Spencer Yard; casual visitors are advised to keep out. Salisbury with 24,000 plus people & on I-85 offers lodging & other amenities.
References: March 1990 Trains Hot Spot Article
Photo #1. NS Northbound Freight Train at Linwood, North Carolina
Photo #2. NS Southbound Freight Train at Linwood, North Carolina
Photo #3. NS Northbound Freight Train at Linwood, North Carolina
Photo #4. NS Northbound Freight Train at Linwood, North Carolina