Hartwell Railroad

The Red Carpet Line

hrt_state The Hartwell Railroad operates freight service from Hartwell, Georgia, to a connection with the Great Walton Railroad at Bowersville, Georgia -- a distance of 9.6 miles. Traffic includes lumber, fertilizer, grain, scrap, oil, sand, and stone. Originally a 3-foot gauge line, it was relaid to standard gauge in 1905 after coming under the control of the Southern Railway. In the 1950's, the road leased a 4-4-0 steamer from the Central of Georgia Railroad. Local interests operated the line from 1924 to 1990, when Benny Ray Anderson took control. In addition to its original line, the Hartwell now operates the 48-mile former Norfolk Southern line between Toccoa and Elberton.

Georgia Department of Transportation / 2000 / web

Motive Power

Hartwell #2

  • builder:General Electric
  • model:44 ton
  • type:B-B light switcher
  • built:Feb 1950, GE #30253
  • series:334 produced 1940-56
  • engine:D17000 (2) (8 cyls each, 400 hp)
  • notes:
  • in operation at Southeastern Railway Museum, Duluth, Ga
  • builder

    Rolling Stock


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    This page was updated on 2015-12-09