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Early in the 1900s the railroad business was booming, and out of that era came the Atlantic and Western Railroad, one of the shortest but most profitable lines in North Carolina. A stock company was formed of Harnett and Lee County citizens who envisioned a mighty network of railroads leading out of the heart of North Carolina, but World War I came and virtually ended the history of the line and construction stopped at Lillington; the tiny train has been stopping there three times a day ever since in the 26-mile round-trip journey, popularly known as the Jitney Line.
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 7 Issue 41, Mar 1940, p1, f
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