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The historic Belmot Trolley project via tracks of the former Mount Holly — Belmont trolley branch of the Piedmont and Northern Railway (P&N) electric interurban system.

The Piedmont and Northern Railway (P&N), an electrically-powered, interurban rail system linking major cities across the Piedmont of the Carolinas, operated in the region since 1911. One of P&N’s busy divisions ran 24 miles between Charlotte, North Carolina and Gastonia. In 1916, at the request of Belmont’s booming textile mills, P&N added a three-mile route from its main line near the city of Mount Holly to downtown Belmont. Along these tracks, three small, city-style trolley cars carried passengers and workers between the mills and the main line. Although P&N continued its freight service in the region until the late 1960s, Belmont’s streetcar service ended in 1932.

When complete, the historic Trolley will run from downtown Belmont, N.C., to Belmont Abbey College, a distance of about 3 km., shuttling up to 20 commuters, residents and visitors at a leisurely pace. The line will run parallel to the Belmont Rail Trail, a greenway following the path of the Carolina Thread Trail through Belmont.

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