Flint River & Northeastern Railroad

Locomotive once used on the Flint River & Northeastern Railroad

FR&NE locomotive, later used in Florida by Putnam Lumber Co. (State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory).


The FR&NE, converted from a logging line in 1904, ran 24 miles northeast from Pelham to the Georgia Northern Railway at Ticknor in southwestern Georgia. (Ticknor was about a mile northwest of Doerun.) It was built in part to serve businesses owned or associated with Judson L. Hand of Pelham, whose enterprises included the Hand Trading Company, the Farmers Bank, the Pelham Manufacturing Company, as well as oil, fertilizer, lumber, naval stores, and cotton operations. Although Pelham had rail service by way of the Atlantic Coast Line, Hand wanted an alternative that would keep shipping rates competitive.

The railroad was later acquired by the Georgia Northern Railway, but it kept its separate identity.

The line was abandoned in 1946.


Flint River & Northeastern locomotive

The FR&NE was the original owner of this Baldwin locomotive. (State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory).

Maps and Timetables:

1906 timetable (39K)

1908 map (50K)

1911 map (60K)

1917 timetable (58K)

FR&NE depot in Pelham.


The Hand Trading Company building in Pelham. The FR&NE depot still stands across the street.

From: The Official Railway Equipment Register, Volume 33. October 1917. Complete publication is online at Google Books.


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