Columbus & Rome Railway
The Columbus & Rome, chartered in 1871 as the North and South Railroad, opened its first section sometime around 1873. This 20-mile stretch north of Columbus was extended about three miles to Hamilton by 1875.
The railroad entered receivership in 1874 but construction slowly continued. It was extended a mile to Chipley (now Pine Mountain) in 1882. It was extended again in early 1885 some 17 miles to Greenville.
In 1888 the company was operating 50 miles of 3-foot gauge line between Columbus and Greenville while attempting to build the line as far north as Rome, some 75 miles further.
In 1889 the railroad had 4 locomotives, 5 passenger cars, and 41 freight and miscellaneous cars.
1886 map (68K)
1890 timetable (29K)
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