Abbeville & Waycross Railroad

Abbeville, Georgia


Incorporated in 1889, the Abbeville and Waycross Railroad Company built much of the former rail line between Abbeville and Fitzgerald. The 13-mile Abbeville to Bowens Mill section, constructed in 1890, was the first to open. A year later it was extended to Lulaville.

In 1896 railroad entrepreneur John Skelton Williams bought the A&W (which had entered receivership in 1892) extended it nine miles from Fitzgerald to Ocilla. He soon absorbed it into his Georgia and Alabama Railroad. In 1900, the G&A was consolidated into the Seaboard Air Line Railway.

The tracks from Fitzgerald to Abbeville were abandoned in 1971. The Fitzgerald-Ocilla line remained in operation until 1990.


1892 map (52K)

1893 map (108K)

1895 map (90K)

1953 map [Seaboard Air Line] (213K) Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey.

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