The replica of the "Raleigh" on static display

Raleigh & Gaston Railroad, named The Raleigh, was built by C. Tayleur & Company, an affiliate of Robert Stephenson & Company in England in 1836.

It was one of two 0-4-0 locomotives built for the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad and shipped to the US. Along with the second locomotive, the "Gaston", it was used to begin construction of the first sections of the Raleigh & Gaston.

In 1900, the Raleigh & Gaston merged with the Seaboard Air Line and the tracks eventually became part of the CSX System.

It, unfortunately, met its fate after only a year in service, and a replica was constructed to commemorate the antique steam locomotive. The replica is now currently preserved on static display at The North Carolina Transportation Museum.


  • The replica "Raleigh" was built in 1927 by the Seaboard Air Line shops in Raleigh, NC.
  • The "Raleigh" replica of the first steam locomotive to operate in North Carolina.
  • It was donated to the museum by the Seaboard in 1965.
  • It was North Carolina's second railroad, the Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad having beaten it to the title by just one month.