Chartered December 26, 1888, the M&B connected Macon and LaGrange by way of a 105-mile route across Georgia's western Piedmont. It was completed in January 1891, about two months before its builder, the Macon Construction Company, entered receivership.
The line was owned by the Georgia Southern and Florida Railroad, but the accounts were kept separate. The GS&F's own line ran from Macon to Palatka, FL.
The M&B entered receivership in 1891 and was reorganized in 1895 as the Macon and Birmingham Railway. Never a profitable enterprise, it nonetheless continued to operate for a quarter-century. It was abandoned in 1922-23.
The railroad had a couple of nicknames, the LaGrange Route and the Pine Mountain Route, the latter for the scenic area it passed through west of Thomaston.
1900 map, entire railroad (112K)
1904 map, M&B system (241K)
1905 map, Meriwether County (380K)
1908 map, entire railroad(94K)
1912 map, Troup County (318K)
1916 map, Meriwether County [West] (554K)
1916 map, Meriwether County [East] (428K)
1920 map, Monroe County (299K)
1921 map, Upson County, Thomaston (102K)
1922 map, Bibb County, Sofkee - Pleasant Grove Church (394K)
1922 map, Bibb County, Pl. Gr. Ch. - Lizella - Montpelier (501K)
1935 map, Upson County, Thomaston - Crest [Central of Ga] (341K)
1956 map, Bibb, Crawford, Monroe Counties: Lizella - Moran (307K)
1956 map, Crawford and Monroe Counties: Moran - Dyas (162K)
Timetables and Other Information:
1895 timetable (83K)
1901 equipment list (50K)
1906 timetable (140K)
1917 equipment list (185K)
1918 timetable (82K)