Incorporated in 1889, the Abbeville and Waycross Railroad Company built much of the former rail line between Abbeville and Fitzgerald. The 13-mile Abbeville to Bowens Mill section, constructed in 1890, was the first to open. A year later it was extended to Lulaville.
In 1896 railroad entrepreneur John Skelton Williams bought the A&W (which had entered receivership in 1892) extended it nine miles from Fitzgerald to Ocilla. He soon absorbed it into his Georgia and Alabama Railroad. In 1900, the G&A was consolidated into the Seaboard Air Line Railway.
The tracks from Fitzgerald to Abbeville were abandoned in 1971. The Fitzgerald-Ocilla line remained in operation until 1990.
1892 map (52K)
1893 map (108K)
1895 map (90K)
1953 map [Seaboard Air Line] (213K)