Climax (milepost CF 82.2)
This community in southeast Guilford County is at an altitude of 824 feet
above sea level. It was established in 1853 and named for its location on high ground.
In the days of the A&Y, the town was on the CF line where it curved
from its southeastern direction out of Pleasant Garden to head directly east for
a short while before turning southeast again to Liberty. Just after the turn
east Climax was located near the junction with the CR line to Ramseur. In 1934,
the A&Y employee time table indicated that Climax trackage could hold 19 cars.
||The ICC Valuation documents included this
photograph of the Climax station.
A Southern Railway Shippers Guide from 1916 indicates the following
industries in addition to LCL shipments, passengers, and mail were located in
Climax and used the A&Y for delivering and
receiving products by rail (although some may have used the station or team
track rather than having a dedicated siding). I will add other industries as I
receive information about them:
||M. L. Allred & Bro.
||oak, pine, poplar
||Greyson Lumber Co.
Odds and Ends
Some of the buildings from the A&Y era still exist.
||Here's a photo I took of the building that housed the Climax
post office and M.L. Allred and Son. This building as you can see faces the tracks.
||Here are a couple of photos of the Security Feed Mills, another of the
ubiquitous feed mills in the region. At first, I thought this mill was abandoned, but the
vehicles parked in front made me rethink that conclusion. The state of the rail spur
suggests that NS does not serve it anymore, though the A&Y and maybe the Southern
||I am including the shot in Climax below to
help modelers get a feel for the countryside through which the A&Y ran. Remember
this was a rainy cloudy day. You'll have to look at the shots of towns north of
Greensboro to see what the countryside looks like on a sunny day.