A short distance West behind the Clock Tower is the rail bed and maintenance shop site of the Cliffside Railroad. Chartered in 1906 this short-line railroad transported freight and passengers from the Cliffside Mill 3.59 miles north to Cliffside Junction where a mainline connection was made with the Seaboard Railroad. Several steam locomotives were used over the years before the line converted to diesel engines in 1962. The last two steam engines the #40 and the #I10 were purchased by organizations for preservation. Currently, the #40 is in use on the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad in Pennsylvania. The #I 10 was acquired in 2013 by the North Carolina Railway Museum to be used on their scenic railroad. All that remains of the Cliffside Rail Road are the rail beds and a few culverts.