Looking down on the former Central of Georgia rail yard* in Macon is the champion of Georgia coaling towers. In Beckum and Langley's Central of Georgia Railway Album (1986), the tower was described as follows, "The massive concrete coal chute, near the Macon shops, still stands in 1986. It tended the needs of steam motive power as diverse as 0-6-0T's to the mighty 'Big Apple' 4-8-4's." (Note: The structure could be threatened by a city project to eliminate "brownfield" sites.)
* The Central's Macon rail yard was bounded roughly by 5th Street, 7th Street, Bay Street, and Poplar Street.
Another Central of Georgia coaling tower stood adjacent to the railroad depot in Millen until it was demolished in the 1990s. Georgia's Virtual Vault has a 1960 photo of the structure. Another photo is at carrtracks.com.
Thomas W. Dixon, Jr. Steam Locomotive Coaling Stations and Diesel Locomotive Fueling Facilities. Lynchburg, VA: TLC Publishing, 2002.
Photographs of coaling towers in other states:
See the Railroad Coaling Towers group at Flickr.