Hawkinsville & Florida Southern Railway

The H&FS was incorporated in 1889 by G. V. Gress and others as a lumber line in the pine forests south of Hawkinsville. By 1895 it was also hauling general freight along with passengers on freight trains. After a charter was received in 1896, the H&FS transitioned to a 43-mile common carrier running south from Hawkinsville to the Georgia Southern & Florida Railroad at Worth, a place three miles north of Ashburn. The company also constructed a 15-mile branch line from Davisville to Fitzgerald.

The railroad was leased to Gulf Line Railway (Ashburn-to-Bridgeboro) in 1907. In 1909, the H&FS and the Gulf Line Railway merged, although both companies kept their own names. After a reorganization in 1913, the H&FS emerged as the operator of a line from Hawkinsville to Camilla, having absorbed the Gulf Line Railway (which had extended the line to Camilla).


In 1917 the H&FS reported owning 93 miles of line consisting of 43 miles from Hawkinsville to Worth and 50 miles from Ashburn to Camilla. Trackage rights consisted of 3 miles from Worth to Ashburn on the Georgia Southern & Florida. The GS&F controlled the HF&S through stock ownership. (The GS&F in turn was controlled by Southern Railway.)

In 1922 the H&FS entered receivership and was ordered to be sold. The southern end of the line from Camilla to Ashburn was purchased by the new Georgia, Ashburn, Sylvester, and Camilla Railway, but because no buyers had been found for the tracks between Hawkinsville and Worth, these were abandoned in 1923. The branch line to Fitzgerald had been abandoned some time earlier.

Maps, Timetables, and Other Information:

1895 timetable (68K)

1895 map, H. B. Walker (100K)

1895 map, Rand McNally (29K)

1897 map and timetable (94K)

1898 map (44K)

1903 map (245K)

1904 map (52K)

1906 timetable (45K)

1910 map (36K)

1917 equipment list (185K)

1918 timetable (107K)

1918 map of H&FS and GS&F (335K)

The H&FS connected small towns such as Pineview, in Wilcox County
13 miles south of Hawkinsville


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