The Georgia State Railroad Museum

The Central of Georgia Railroad Company was formed in 1833, to haul cotton cargo and passengers between Atlanta and Savannah. In 1855, the company built a service and repair station in Savannah, which operated through various mergers and sales until 1963, when the Southern Railway Company closed the facility. The site is now restored and on exhibit.

Here are some photos from a visit.

The museum

The Roundhouse, where locomotives and cars were placed to be worked on.

The Turntable. Used to redirect locomotives into various bays in the Roundhouse, then onto the various tracks that led away from the station.

Locomotive Number 30. Built in 1913, Georgia Power Locomotive 30 is the only steam locomotive at the museum that is in running condition. The admission to the Museum includes a short ride around the railroad yard on Number 30.

Locomotive 223. Built in 1907 and run by the Central of Georgia Railroad.

Locomotive 2715. Built in 1964 by General Electric.

Locomotive Number 8. Built in 1886 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.

Locomotive Number 1. Built by General Electric in 1939. It was the first diesel-electric train to be used by the Central of Georgia Railroad.

The Blacksmith Shop. Most early trains were handmade, so when parts were needed for repairs, they had to be hand-forged to fit.

Restoration work being done in the Drop Shop, where locomotives were repaired.

The Workers Garden. The company thought a little greenery would keep the employees happy and prevent strikes.

The “Colored Lavatory”. The railroad was segregated through its entire history. The round building on the left was for the African-American workers to wash up and change their work clothes.

2 thoughts on “The Georgia State Railroad Museum

  1. Wow. That’s pretty cool. It’d practically be worth the trip just for a ride in a working steamer.

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