McShane is a freelance writer based in Charlotte. In addition to writing for several North Carolina publications, he writes about urban planning, infrastructure and policy issues for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.
The setting for many a joyful arrival or weepy departure, where riders clutched boxed lunches, duffle bags, and vanity cases, train stations across the state nearly fell into obsolescence. Now, these architectural and sentimental jewels are back on track, for viewing, celebrating, and, of course, catching a train.
N.C. Highway 115 meanders for 72 miles, from Charlotte to North Wilkesboro. It’s not the fastest way to get to the hills from the big city, but for travelers in search of the back-roads story of where we came from, it’s the better way.