Amtrak in Georgia

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Amtrak has two routes and five stations in Georgia. In the north, the Crescent travels on Norfolk Southern tracks, with stops at Atlanta, Gainesville, and Toccoa. In south Georgia, Silver Service trains (the Silver Meteor and the Silver Star) move over CSX rails, stopping at Savannah and Jesup.

Amtrak's Auto Train also uses the coastal route, but it makes no stops between its endpoints of Lorton, VA and Sanford, FL.

Savannah is the southern terminus of the Palmetto, which runs along the coast to Charleston and ultimately to Boston. However, only about ten miles of its route is within Georgia. The Silver Meteor follows the same route as the Palmetto, crossing the Savannah River downstream of the I-95 bridge.

From Savannah, the Silver Star continues north for about thirty miles inside Georgia, passing through Rincon and Clyo before crossing the river a couple of miles above the latter place.

Amtrak website.

Suggested Reading:

Amtrak: An American Story. Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Books, 2011.

Alfred Runte. Allies of the Earth: Railroads and the Soul of Preservation. Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2006.

Brian Solomon. Amtrak (MBI Railroad Color History). St. Paul, MN: MBI Publishing Company, 2004. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey.

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