chv_state The shortline operated between West Point, Ga, with a connection with the West Point Route (A&WP), to Bleaker, Al, and a connection with the Central of Georgia -- a total of 41 miles. The line was owned by the company that operated the large cotton mill at Lanett, Al, and was a common carrier. The CHV also did pulpwood hauling for the paper mill in Panama City, Fl. Baldwin #21 was built for the Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway for their passenger service, originally numbered 201. The engine was sold to Chattahoochee Valley Railroad in 1935 and remained in active service until 1946 and standby service until 1961. It was then donated to the Atlanta Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. The railroad ceased operations in 1992, with tracks removed the following year. By the time of the abandonment the railroad length was less than 10 miles.

CHV route map / collection

company brochure / collection

1968 timetable / web

Steam Motive Power

Chattahoochee Valley #21

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:2-8-0 Consolidation
  • built:1924
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • blt Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia #201
    to Chattahoochee Valley, 1935
    to standby service, 1946
    retired 1961
    to Southeastern Railway Museum
  • Diesel Motive Power

    Chattahoochee Valley #100

  • builder:American Locomotive Co.
  • model:S-2 (E-1540)
  • type:B-B switcher
  • built:1946, ALCO #74799
  • series:1376 produced 1940-50
  • engine:539 (6 cyls. 1000 hp)
  • notes:
  • Blunt trucks
  • builder

    Rolling Stock

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    In the spring of 1961, I drove up from Pensacola, Florida with my friend Pard Lively to ride the Chattahoochee Steam Special. The Atlanta & West Point brought in a special train from Atlanta to West Point. We rode behind #21 from West Point over to Bleeker, Alabama, where the train was turned and we made our way back. The Alco switcher rode along behind the train as backup power, since by that time #21 had been placed in standy service on the shortline. To my knowledge, this trip was the last time #21 ever operated under steam.

    My friend Pard Lively, also a railfan, shows up in several of my pictures here. You might say that Pard was never in a hurry, which led my wife to wonder if his last name was really a nickname. Still, we had a lot of fun visiting railroads together in those days. Pard also made several trips with me to see the Bonhomie & Hattiesburg Southern.

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    This page was updated on 2015-12-09