Clyattville, GA to Madison, FL

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Former Valdosta Southern Railroad trestle over the Withlacoochee River, between Florida and Georgia, north of Pinetta, Florida. The bridge can be accessed via a rail-trail from Pinetta. Photo by John A. Leynes, March 2009.

This railway line was originally built as the Florida, Midland and Georgia Railroad in the 1880s. Subsequently owned by the Georgia and Florida Railroad, it was later purchased by the Valdosta Southern Railroad in 1951 just before the G&F was to abandon it.

Running from Valdosta south to Madison, FL, the portion of the line between Madison and Clyattville, GA, was abandoned in 1972.

I grew up two blocks from the VSO RR office in Clyattville,Ga. The tracks (that the paper mill in Clyattville still use) connected Valdosta Georgia to Madison Florida. The rails were removed from Clyattvile to Madison in 1972. The now Valdosta Railway still uses the rails between Valdosta and Clyattville.

Dean Dasher
Clyattville, GA
6/9/2012

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