Richland Depot

Two Seaboard rail lines crossed at the Richland depot.

Richland’s 1913 passenger depot stands at the former junction of two Seaboard Air Line Railway lines. Running east-west was the Savannah, Americus & Montgomery, which became the Georgia & Alabama in 1895 before being merged into the Seaboard in 1900. Crossing it north-south was a line between Columbus and Albany, the former Columbus Southern Railway.

Also, a third line, the former Georgia, Florida & Alabama Railway, began here. It ran south nearly 200 miles to Carrabelle, Florida, on the Gulf coast. It was leased by Seaboard in 1930.

The depot now houses a small rail museum along with city offices. The tile-roofed structure was rehabilitated in 2002 with $400,000 in Transportation Enhancement funds and $130,000 from other sources.

A separate freight depot once stood on the east side of the building. Its site is now the depot parking lot.

The freight depot is barely visible on the right side of this postcard view.

This 1922 Sanborn map shows the existing depot (Union Station) and the long gone freight house. (Full map is online at the Digital Library of Georgia.)

The depot before rehabilitation.

Richland is a town of 1,500 in Stewart County, about 25 miles south of Columbus. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

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