Saluda Train Tales
SPONSOR: Polk County Community Foundation
Saluda Grade: North America’s Steepest Grade by Delay In Block, Drayton Blackgrove, producer.
Spanning 2.7 miles from the bottom of the grade at Melrose to the crest at Pace’s Crossing in downtown Saluda, the “Mountain of Challenge” averages an estimated gradient of 4.7%, peaking at 5.1% while gaining an elevation of 606 feet. With the grade railbanked since 2001, the City of Saluda hasn’t seen rail traffic in nearly twenty years — but the residents of this great community still remember the trains. What was once a bustling mainline railroad between Asheville, North Carolina and Spartanburg, South Carolina, is now a lonely, idle stretch of mountainous railroad. Covered in kudzu with multiple track washouts, Saluda Grade is slowly being reclaimed by Mother Nature. Subscribers: help support us by crowdfunding through Patreon or PayPal. With your support, we can continue to produce high-quality railroad media for you to enjoy. Even just $1 per month is a huge help. Contribute via Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DelayInBlock Contribute via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/delayinblock Check out our web store: http://www.delayinblock.com Thanks for watching! Please comment, rate, and Subscribe! Copyright 2019. Any illegal reproduction of this video and its content is strictly prohibited. Full legal action will take place if necessary if reproduced or licensed without expressed written permission from Delay In Block Productions. Note: Please excuse the advertisements. Through the Google Adsense program, the advertisements help me pay for the trips I take to capture the trains. Thanks, -DIB
Flight Down the Saluda Grade by Bob Keeton
Saluda Train Tales July 15, 2016
Historic Saluda Videos
Videos courtesy of the Historic Saluda Committee in Saluda, NC. See their YouTube Channel for more videos of Saluda.