A couple of days ago, while looking for something else, as is often the case, I found a couple of maps that we did not know we had. Both were produced in 1930 by the Winston-Salem Industrial Commission.

One shows the rail connections from the Twin City to other destinations in the the Carolinas / Virginia / Georgia region at the height of American railroading. The other shows intercity bus connections for the same area.

Since it may be some time before we can add them to the online NC maps collection in Chapel Hill, I have scanned them at a resolution high enough to be usable here. Just click on the image to enlarge it. Once posted at the UNC site, the resolution will be much larger.

The rail map is color coded by railroad. All of the lines from Winston-Salem are still operating. The Winston-Salem Southbound is still an independent entity which operates trains between W-S and Wadesboro, where they connect with the CSX line. The line shown as the Southern RR connecting with Wilkesboro and Mt. Airy is now operated by another independent line known as the Yadkin Valley Railroad, headquartered in Rural Hall, connecting with Norfolk Southern. And the line identified as Norfolk & Western is now known as Norfolk Southern. Among them they operate about a dozen freight trains a day in the Twin City area.


The bus map was too large to fit onto our scanner, so I have scanned the most important part as it relates to Winston-Salem. It shows the routes of the Camel City Coach Line (solid red) and their connections to other regional lines (dashed red lines). Camel City was founded in Winston-Salem in 1925 by the Gilmer brothers and eventually expanded to become Atlantic Greyhound, later a component of the national Greyhound bus line, which today still operates thousands of daily routes in the US and Great Britain.


I am working on a post about the Gilmers, who were pioneers in the department store, automotive sales and service, and intercity bus line businesses, beginning with a single general store on North Main Street in the 1890s and extending into the 1950s. You can find a little teaser on them by typing “car nuts” into the search box at the top of this page.

Don’t forget that you can click on the maps to enlarge them to usable size.