Georgia Coast & Piedmont Railroad
The GC&P was a 1906 consolidation of three short lines: the Collins and Reidsville Railroad, built between those two towns in 1906; the Reidsville and Southeastern Railroad, constructed from Reidsville to Ludowici in 1905-06; and the Darien and Western Railroad, built in 1904 between Ludowici and Darien. Principal offices were in Darien.
The railroad also had a 2-mile branch from Crescent to Belleville and a 3-mile branch from Hilton Junction to Foxtown. A September 1915 schedule indicates a 9-mile freight-only branch from Warsaw, on the Seaboard Air Line Railway, to Fairhope, a point to the north.
In March 1914, the line was extended 18 miles south from Darien to Brunswick, a project that included the construction of steel truss bridges over the Darien and Altamaha rivers.
In 1916 the railroad had nine locomotives, ten passenger cars, and 148 freight cars.
The GC&P entered receivership in 1915 and was sold in 1919. The Brunswick-Darien-Glennville section was abandoned the same year but the 23-mile segment between Collins and Glennville continued in operation as the Collins and Ludowici Railroad until 1921 and as the Collins and Glennville Railroad from 1921 until its abandonment in 1941.
1906 timetable (198K)
1910 map (74K)
1915 map (86K)
1918 map and timetable (142K)
River transfer photo (82K)
Above, remnants of a GC&P trestle. Below, a private road follows a short portion of the old route. (Photos by Jamey Smith.)
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