The Demise of the Saluda Grade.
Norfolk Southern has now taken the first steps to abandon the rail line.
Norfolk Southern has now cut the rails in Landrum (Pictures below) and are now in the process of removing all of the rail crossing guards.
Once this has been done then the next step is to pull all of the rail line signals from the track.
It is speculated that the final step will be to at least remove all of the rail at all road crossings in Landrum, Tryon, and Saluda.