where to get info on old railroad line

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I live in Fayette County, Georgia and recently I became curious about the history of an old rail line. I believe it's part of the Central of Georgia, but I am not sure. It runs right through Brooks, GA. I was wondering where I could look to find old maps and documents about this line.

Thanks, Nick Matcheck

-- Nick Matcheck (hhour007@excite.com), March 10, 2001


The railroad line through Brooks, Georgia, was built by the Savannah, Griffin & North Alabama RR and opened in 1870 betwen Griffin and Newnan, Ga. While always in the Central of Georgia Ry family the SG&NA had some seperate existance in its early years as evidenced by the ownership of two locos and five freight cars in 1882. The rest of their rolling stock needs were supplied by the CofGa. The SG&NA was eventually merged into the CofGa in December 1890. For maps of the line, you might want to try the following web sites, the railroad map collection of the State of Georgia: http://www.libs.uga.edu/darchive/hargrett/maps/rail.html Aerial photos and U.S.topo maps are at: http://www.terraserver.microsoft.com/ type Brooks GA in search. US Topographic maps are also at: http://www.topozone.com/ Finally, there is a Central of Georgia Ry Historical Society at 2 Turnbull Drive, Rome, GA 30161 They have a web site which I do not have at hand, but it can be linked by going to http://www.kalmbach.com/mr/modelrailroader.html Hope this helps your searches.

-- Tom Underwood (tlunder@attglobal.net), March 11, 2001.

The CofG website is www.cofg.org. Once at their site, click into the "Q & A" section. Scroll down to "Specific Lines" and you will find several coments about this segment of track. The line is out of service between Senoia and Griffin and I understand it is quite overgrown in places. Supposedly, repairs will have to be made to the Flint River bridge if service over this segment is to ever resume. Perhaps others wish to comment.

-- Greg Hodges (ghodges@smpsfa.com), March 12, 2001.

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