The 35-mile line from Cordele to Albany was built between 1889 and 1891 by the Albany, Florida & Northern Railway. In 1892 the line was leased to the Savannah, Americus & Montgomery Railway, which connected with it at Cordele.
In 1895, after the receivership and sale of the SA&M, the AF&N was split off and reorganized as the Albany & Northern Railway. Despite the extensive railroad consolidation going on at the turn of the century, the A&N remained independent until 1910, when a group of investors organized the Georgia, Southwestern & Gulf Railroad with the goal of opening a line from Cordele to the Gulf Coast. They obtained the first 35 miles of their planned line by leasing the A&N.
Operating under both the GSW&G and A&N names, the Cordele-Albany line continued to move passengers and freight while the Gulf extension never advanced beyond the planning stage. In 1932 the GSW&G entered receivership, a status it would maintain for a decade. In 1939, C.W. Pidcock, Jr., owner of the Georgia Northern Railway, was appointed receiver, replacing W.M. Legg, one of the GSW&G’s founders. In 1942, the Georgia, Southwestern & Gulf was dissolved and the railroad began operating once more as the Albany & Northern. It remained under Pidcock’s control.
Southern Railway acquired the line in 1966 and abandoned it in 1977.
Maps, Timetables, and Other Information:
1895 map (82K)
1903 map (145K)
1905 equipment list (108K)
1906 timetable (34K)
1918 timetable (98K)
1953 map (618K)
1955 map (122K)
1968 timetable (28K)