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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Central of Georgia

 
 
Central of Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 10, 2009
1. Central of Georgia Marker
Inscription. Welcome to the Central of Georgia railroad repair shops of Savannah
You are entering the heart of the Central of Georgia railroad complex in Savannah. This " miniature city " produced much of what was needed for the construction and repair of locomotives and train cars. It handled administration, passenger and freight activities. Most of these buildings were constructed in the 1850's or 1920's. The Central of Georgia was a major employer and a driving economic force in the state and region. The move from steam to diesel locomotives shifted work to the Macon complex. The Savannah facilities closed in 1963.
Today the complex is owned by the City of Savannah. The Coastal Heritage Society began restoration and rehabilitation activities in 1989. This massive effort continues along with increasing visitor opportunities. In 1996, the Georgia State Legislature designated it the Georgia State Railroad Museum.

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[ Timeline ]
1893 State of Georgia charters Central Railroad and Canal Company •
1836 Railroad shops construction begins north of Louisville Road •
1843 Railroad track to Macon completed •
1855 Railroad shops completed south of Louisville Road •
1866 Repairs made after Civil War damage •
1895 Central Railroad enters receivership; reorganizes
Central of Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2013
2. Central of Georgia Marker
as the Central of Georgia Railway •
1910 Macon rail shops built •
1923 Fire partially destroys Savannah shops •
1927 Company builds employee hospital in Savannah •
1940 First use of Diesel locomotives •
1952 End of steam locomotive use •
1963 Southern Railway buys and closes Savannah shops •
1967 Citizens commission begins acquiring site •
1972 City of Savannah acquires site •
1978 Passenger station and rail shops designated National Landmark District
 
Erected by Coastal Heritage Society.
 
Location. 32° 4.554′ N, 81° 6.104′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on W. Jones St. near Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roundhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Colored Shopmen's Locker & Lavatory (within shouting distance of this marker); Roundhouse Foreman’s Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Drop Table (within shouting distance of this marker); Storehouse (about 300 feet away,
Central of Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2013
3. Central of Georgia Marker
measured in a direct line); Memorial To The American Revolution (about 300 feet away); George Clymer (about 300 feet away); Blacksmith Shop (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Central Rail Road and Canal Company. (Submitted on April 29, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. The Central of Georgia Railroad: Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities. (Submitted on April 29, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
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Central of Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Central of Georgia Marker
4. Central of Georgia Marker
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This 1981 "birds eye " view of Savannah shows the Central of Georgia facilities. Note the smokestack and railroad shop buildings (A) near the roundhouse. The passenger station (B) and administrative buildings (C) are located along what was West Broad Street and is now Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. A steam locomotive pulling several cars has just crossed the Main Line Viaduct (D)
Central of Georgia Dispatch and Print Shop image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 10, 2009
5. Central of Georgia Dispatch and Print Shop
Central of Georgia Power House image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
6. Central of Georgia Power House
Central of Georgia Engine shop and turntable image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 25, 2006
7. Central of Georgia Engine shop and turntable
Central of Georgia image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2007
8. Central of Georgia
Central of Georgia Passenger Station, currently Savannah's Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 3, 2007
9. Central of Georgia Passenger Station, currently Savannah's Visitor Center
Central of Georgia Freight Terminal, currently used by Savannah College of Art and Design image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 3, 2007
10. Central of Georgia Freight Terminal, currently used by Savannah College of Art and Design
Central of Georgia Freight Terminal (rear view ) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 3, 2007
11. Central of Georgia Freight Terminal (rear view )
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,138 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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