The Alexander Railroad Company (reporting mark ARC) is a Class III shortline railroad operating in North Carolina. The railroad has 18 miles (29 kilometers) of track that runs northwest from Statesville to Taylorsville, North Carolina. The Alexander Railroad began operations in 1946. The line was marked for abandonment by the Southern Railway, so local investors and businessmen stepped in, purchasing the 18-mile (29 km) branch line from Statesville to Taylorsville. The railroad is named after Alexander County, North Carolina, although it serves both Alexander & Iredell Counties. The railroad was originally chartered and built in 1887 as the Statesville & Western, a subsidiary of Atlantic, Tennessee & Ohio which ran between Charlotte and Statesville North Carolina. The AT&O was purchased by the Richmond & Danville, and eventually came under the Southern Railway. The Alexander Railroad serves 20 customers, handling approximately 2,500 carloads (200,000 tons) per year. Principal commodities carried by the railroad are grain, pulpboard, plastics, lumber products,and scrap paper. The ARC has one connection with Norfolk Southern at Statesville, NC, which sees daily interchange. The ARC uses radio frequency 160.62000, under license KCP872 (AAR channel 34) for all of their operations. The Alexander Railroad currently[when?] has five operating diesel-electric locomotives. The roster includes: #3 - GE 44 tonner and four EMD SW1500's, #9 and #10 wearing an all over black livery. #11 and #12 wear a more eye catching black and green livery. ARC #11 was photographed working in Taylorsville in March 2013. The ARC has a locomotive servicing shop in Taylorsville, which 4 of the railroad's 5 locomotives is keep at. There is one that is keep in Statesville for switching the yard.