Want to show the kids a real steam locomotive? You are never far from one in Georgia; they are all around the state: in the north and the south, in the middle and in the corners, in big cities and small towns. Most haven't carried a head of steam in decades, but at least they've escaped the scrapyards.
Several builders are represented; Baldwin unsurprisingly leads with nine or so, while Porter comes in second with six. Others include ALCOs in Albany and Duluth, Limas in Augusta and Duluth, Rogers in Conyers and Kennesaw, Vulcans in Stone Mountain and Tifton, a Davenport at Fort Benning, a Glover at Marietta, a Heisler in Duluth, and a famous engine in Atlanta that was built by Danforth & Cooke.
(Last update: May 17, 2013)
Albany. Georgia Northern No. 107.
Atlanta. The Texas.
Augusta. Georgia Railroad No. 302.
Bainbridge. Louisville and Nashville No. 2132.
Brasstown Bald. Climax locomotive replica.
Camilla. Engine No. 9.
Chattanooga. Several locomotives almost in Georgia.
Cleveland-Helen area. 1904 ALCO 0-4-0T at Mount Yonah.
Columbus. Army Quartermasters Corps 2-6-2T.
(Central of Georgia No. 223, a Baldwin 2-8-0 formerly on display behind Columbus’ Iron Works convention center, was moved in 1998 to the Roundhouse Railroad Museum in Savannah.)
Conyers. Milstead Railroad No. 104.
Duluth. The Southeastern Railroad Museum on the south side of downtown Duluth features the state's premier collection of locomotives.
Gainesville. Gainesville Midland No. 209.
Gordon. It's not a steamer; it's a Mack.
Jefferson. Gainesville Midland No. 116.
Kennesaw. The General.
Macon. Central of Georgia No. 509.
Marietta. Glover No. 81421.
McDonough. Engine No. 7.
Moultrie. Georgia Northern No. 105.
Savannah. Roundhouse Railroad Museum.
Stone Mountain Park. The former Yonah II.
Sylvester. Georgia, Ashburn, Sylvester, and Camilla No. 100.
Tifton. The Georgia Museum of Agriculture (formerly Agrirama) has several steam locomotives:
Most notable is a 1917 Vulcan Iron Works 0-4-0 saddle tank locomotive built in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Restored in 1998, the 36-inch gauge steamer takes visitors on a 1.3-mile trip around the Agrirama's grounds. (For historical information on the engine, see this page at the museum's website.)
There's also No. 3, a 1924 Porter narrow gauge 0-4-0 once owned by New Jersey's Raritan River Sand Company and the rusting remains of two Glover 0-6-0 tank engines in storage. The standard-gauge Glovers served Cherokee Brick & Tile Company as that firm's No. 6 and No. 7.
Waycross. A 1912 Baldwin 2-8-2 and a narrow-gauge 2-6-0 steamer.
Winder. Gainesville Midland No. 208.
Yonah. See Cleveland-Helen area above.
The first 70 years of locomotives in the U.S.
For more information on surviving steam locomotives see steamlocomotive.com and steamlocomotive.info.
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