Wrightsville & Tennille Railroad


The Wrightsville & Tennille in Georgia was a surviving trace of the simplicity of operations which for decades characterized little railroads to country places in the Deep South.

Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg, The Age of Steam, 1957

wtr_state Known as the "Wiggle and Twist" for its meandering right-of-way, the Wrightsville & Tennille Railroad was chartered in 1883 to build a 17-mile branch between its namesake towns in central Georgia. The little pike expanded two more times, such that by the turn of the century it was a 75-mile road stretching to Hawkinsville, Georgia. In 1899 the Central of Georgia purchased the shortline, but it operated independently until 1971, when it was merged into the larger system. Today the line is an active branch of the Norfolk Southern.

Motive Power

Wrightsville & Tennille #223

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:2-8-0 Consolidation
  • built:Nov 1907, Baldwin #32131
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 20x28" cylinders, 57" drivers
  • blt Central of Georgia #1223
    to Wrightsville & Tennille, 1952
    to Roundhouse Railroad Museum
    now Georgia State Railroad Museum
  • builder


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    This page was updated on 2017-07-29