About Palmetto Railways

Who We Are


Palmetto Railways, established in 1969, promotes the economic viability of the State of South Carolina by providing safe, efficient and cost-effective rail solutions to facilitate the movement of freight and to support economic development efforts.


Palmetto Railways provides technical assistance and consulting services in railroad matters to state, local and municipal governments.  As a division of the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Palmetto Railways operates three railroad subdivisions.  The Charleston and North Charleston Subdivisions provide switching services to the terminals of the South Carolina State Ports Authority and other various industries in Charleston County, interchanging with CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern.  The Charity Church Subdivision, located in southern Berkeley County serves BP Chemical, Nucor Steel and Santee Cooper Cross Generating Station, interchanging with CSX Transportation.  In addition, several industrial sites are available for development adjacent to the railroad.


Our Mission


Provide safe, efficient, and cost-effective rail solutions to facilitate the movement of freight and support economic development efforts; thereby, promoting the economic viability of the State of South Carolina.


Our Commitment


Palmetto Railways strives to maintain a standard of excellence that must be upheld by each of our employees, with a major focus on Safety, Efficiency, Customer Service Requirements and Expenses. Service to our customers is our commitment. Each employee is responsible for performing their job in a manner consistent with meeting customer service commitments.

Safety is a number one priority for Palmetto Railways. We comply with all FRA and OSHA regulations and all of our employees go through a very strict Internal Training program as well as Specialized Craft Training. We strive to empower our employees by providing them with an opportunity to participate in decisions that affect them and our operations, an opportunity to talk about their concerns and suggestions, a safety suggestion box, and an opportunity to present good faith challenges in order to make everyone responsible for their own safety. Our Safety & Operating Rule Book, Internal Policies and Procedures, Specialized Work Manuals, Operations Notices, Bulletins and Directives all contribute to the strict safety standards that Palmetto Railways upholds.

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