Although chartered on August 23, 1872, the 7-mile Talbotton Railroad
was not opened until May 4, 1881. An infusion of funds from the Central of Georgia finally completed the line, but in return the Talbotton’s owners had to turn over a majority of their stock to the Central.
The line connected Talbotton with the Southwestern Railroad at Bostick (later renamed Paschal, now Junction City).
In the 1889 edition of The Official Railway List, the Talbotton Railroad reported operating 1 locomotive, 1 passenger car, and 4 freight and miscellaneous cars. In the 1894 List it was 3 locomotives, 2 passenger cars, and 5 freight and miscellaneous cars.
In 1906 the new Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad was built a short distance west of and parallel to the Talbotton
Railroad. The AB&A had combined existing lines in south Georgia
with extensive new construction to create a major rail line from
the Georgia coast to Birmingham, with a branch to Atlanta.
The Talbotton Railroad was abandoned in 1957.