Albany & Northern Railway

Albany & Northern locomotive at Albany, Ga., 1962. Photographer unknown.

The 35-mile line from Cordele to Albany was built between 1889 and 1891 by the Albany, Florida & Northern Railway. In 1892 the line was leased to the Savannah, Americus & Montgomery Railway, which connected with it at Cordele.

In 1895, after the receivership and sale of the SA&M, the AF&N was split off and reorganized as the Albany & Northern Railway. Despite the extensive railroad consolidation going on at the turn of the century, the A&N remained independent until 1910, when a group of investors organized the Georgia, Southwestern & Gulf Railroad with the goal of opening a line from Cordele to the Gulf Coast. They obtained the first 35 miles of their planned line by leasing the A&N.

Operating under both the GSW&G and A&N names, the Cordele-Albany line continued to move passengers and freight while the Gulf extension never advanced beyond the planning stage. In 1932 the GSW&G entered receivership, a status it would maintain for a decade. In 1939, C.W. Pidcock, Jr., owner of the Georgia Northern Railway, was appointed receiver, replacing W.M. Legg, one of the GSW&G’s founders. In 1942, the Georgia, Southwestern & Gulf was dissolved and the railroad began operating once more as the Albany & Northern. It remained under Pidcock’s control.

Southern Railway acquired the line in 1966 and abandoned it in 1977.

Maps, Timetables, and Other Information:

1895 map (82K)

1903 map (145K)

1905 equipment list (108K)

1906 timetable (34K)

1918 timetable (98K)

1953 map (618K)

1955 map (122K)

1968 timetable (28K) Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey.

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