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The origins of the Georgia & Florida Railroad date back to 1906, when a former president of the Seaboard Air Line Railway developed the company for purchasing, building, and operating six lines in three states. Eventually, the GF main line stretched from Madison, Florida, across southeast Georgia, northeastward to Greenwood, South Carolina. The Southern Railway gained control of the road in 1963, reorganized it as the Georgia and Florida Railway, and merged it into subsidiary Central of Georgia Railroad in 1971.
Baldwin 4-6-2 (1911) / Augusta, Ga / Jul 1948 / collection
Georgia & Florida #500
Baldwin 4-6-2 (1917) / Augusta, Ga / Sep 1948 / collection
Georgia & Florida #501
open end observation / Ft Worth, Tx / collection
In May of 2009, I received an e-mail from a man who had found our website, and this page in particular, and wrote to say that his grandfather had worked for the Georgia & Florida. Understandably, he is hoping one day to come across a G&F picture that shows his grandfather in the scene. He recalled:
I have no doubt that my grandfather rode the right side of the two engines you have on the G&F page. In 1948-49 time period he was a hostler in Augusta, and he probably took them both over to Augusta's Union Station on more than one occasion. Or, for all I know, he might've run them on the mainline. I remember him running to Greenwood ... before he slowed down because of age. I may have sat on the fireman's box myself, as he occasionally let me ride in the yard with him when no one was looking. I'd have been 8-9 years old at the time, and it was a BIG deal to go to work with my "Poppa". Thanks for the memories.