The first railroad in Pitt County was a line of the Seaboard & Raleigh Railroad which came through Bethel in 1882. In 1889, the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad (later the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad) opened a branch line to Greenville out of Scotland Neck. A temporary depot was built north of the river called “Riverton.” An iron drawbridge was built over the river and the first train arrived in Greenville on May 28, 1890. The large Wilmington & Weldon Railroad depot was built in Greenville in May 1890. In 1907, the Norfolk & Southern Railroad built a depot on Dickinson Avenue. In 1911, the first car-train accident occurred. At the height of train activity, 12 passenger and freight trains a day passed through Greenville. The last ACL passenger train came though Greenville in 1942 and the depot was torn down in 1958. The last Norfolk & Southern passenger train came though Greenville in 1948 and the depot was torn down in 1959.