The Flovilla & Indian Springs Railway was organized on April 11, 1897 as successor to the Indian Springs & Flovilla Railroad, which had been sold under foreclosure.
The 3-mile railway connected the Indian Springs park and resort with the town of Flovilla, which was on the Southern Railway (former East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia) between Atlanta and Macon.
In 1917, the F&IS reported operating 2.62 miles of standard-gauge railroad with two locomotives and six cars. The locomotive in the above photo may be one of the two. It was called The Dummy, which may have been a holdover from the days of steam engines disguised to look like streetcars.
In writing about the sale of steam dummies replaced by electric streetcars in Atlanta, historian Franklin M. Garrett noted, "The Flovilla & Indian Springs Railroad bought four cars along with one of the larger engines."* The engine may have been one of the disguised variety. Perhaps it was replaced by the locomotive above, but the dummy name stuck.
The Flovilla & Indian Springs ceased operations in December of 1918.
* Franklin M. Garrett. Atlanta and Environs; A Chronicle of Its People and Events. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969. (Originally published by Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1954).
1907 map (38K)