From 1989 until 2009, the Great Walton leased from Norfolk Southern a 28-mile line between Machen and Covington. (Machen is a tiny community in Jasper County on the south side of slightly larger Shady Dale.) Beginning in 2009, the eastern 12.5 miles of this line (Machen-to-Newborn) was leased to Squaw Creek Southern Railroad, while the western section from Newborn to Covington became inactive in anticipation of abandonment.
The Machen-Covington line was built by the Middle Georgia and Atlantic Railway Company in 1890-94 as part of a 64-mile line from Milledgeville to Covington.
Reporting marks: GRWR.
2010 map (40K)
2000 map (48K)
Great Walton Railroad website.