South Georgia Railway

(Photo from: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory)

Incorporated in 1896, the South Georgia Railroad opened its 28-mile railroad between Heartpine and Quitman in March of 1897. A 23-mile extension from Quitman to Greenville, Florida, opened in October of 1901.

In 1902 the South Georgia leased the West Coast Railway of Florida which was chartered to build a line from Greenville to Perry, Florida. The combined railroads’ name was changed to South Georgia & West Coast Railway. Soon afterwards this name was dropped in a reorganization and the railroad was officially renamed the South Georgia Railway. Nevertheless, the South Georgia & West Coast name continued to be used on the company's equipment for years.

The 26-mile Greenville-Perry extension was completed in 1904. In the same year, the line’s northern terminus was moved a few miles north from Heartpine to Adel.

The railroad's general offices were in Quitman.

In 1971 the South Georgia merged with the Live Oak, Perry & Gulf Railroad to form the Live Oak, Perry & South Georgia Railway, running from Adel to Perry. It was owned and operated by Southern Railway.

Engine no. 7, built by Baldwin in 1898.
(From: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory).

Engine no. 6 at Foley, Florida. Built by Baldwin in 1928.
(State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory).

Engine no. 202 at Foley, Florida, in 1964.
(Thomas Lawson, Jr. photo. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory).

From: Official Guide of the Railways, April 1918.

Maps, Timetables, and Other Information:

1895 map (24K)

1897 timetable (60K)

1903 map (196K)

1908 map (23K)

1917 equipment list (222K)

1929 timetable (172K)

1953-54 map (377K)

See also:

South Georgia Railway at The site includes photos, maps, timetables, and more. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

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