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Old wooden SAL bridge near Townsend, GA. Photo by Suzy Krone.

Suzy shares some pictures of this former Seaboard Air Line route abandoned by CSX. Other pictures are from area trams that were used for logging.

A majority of this right-of-way is being considered for conversion to the Coastal Rail Trail.

Suzy adds: There are some cool old bridges and the track bed is easy to find and hike. The ties have rotted away and the rails are in place but warped; tree trunks have grown around some rails. There are some spikes left also, but they are almost rotted in half.

Its great to see these pictures of the Everett Sub. I wish you had some of before the rails were removed the way I remember as a child growing up. My grand father William Lee Blair worked for the seaboard in this area all his life and lived in the town of Everett. I remember watching the trains switchings cars in his back yard were the southern and seaboard crossed. Many times I realy wounder how he felt when all his life he worked on a rail line and it was just ripped up in front of him in his old age. He always told me he was working on the altimaha bridge the day pearl habor was bombed. Those are stories I will always remember.

Willis Ford Jr
Charleston SC, SC
3/8/2010

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I'll try and dig up a picture from the Georgia Archives. I've started researching the SAL and the GC&P again.

Suzy
Brunswick, GA
5/16/2010

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On April 21, 1988, as a sophomore at Harlem High School, I was on my way to a state spelling contest for the club I was in, the Vocational Opportunities Clubs of America, in St. Simons, when I saw a flat dirt path where the SAL rail line used to exist when it ran through Townsend. It was my first sight of the abandoned railroad, with the telegraph poles still up. Over the next few years, my brother and I passed through the same area on the way to visit his friend in Brunswick. While online on my kindle, I saw photos of the abandoned rail line, and they were interesting, leading me to become hooked on it. I am interested in writing a book about that former rail line!!!

Byron Ray Wren
Grovetown, GA
4/6/2014

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I worked on this line at Waverly and towards the last at Kingsland. I inspected track from Kingsland to Richmond Hill 2 times a week.

Fred Jones
Quinton, AL
10/28/2014

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Wow Fred you are the first person to say they worked that line on here. Are you still employed with CSX and did you know much about train numbers or jobs on this line.

Willis Ford Jr
Charleston , SC
11/6/2014

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I started at Waverly in 74. Roadmaster was based at Kingsland with his SCL sections at Riceboro,Waverly,Yulee Fl,Fernandina Beach, and Callahan Fl. I worked on all those. After most everything was abandoned I was cut off and transferred to signals in 88. In 90 I was asked if I wanted to take a signal maintainers job at Irondale Al which I did and worked that until it was sold off in 2002 if I remember correctly. I retired on disability in 07. As far as trains I only remember #697 that went from Baldwin yard to Fernandina Bch. and returned as 698. Hope I've helped.

Fred Jones
Quinton, AL
11/7/2014

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Hey Fred that's cool you worked that route. I have a question in Riceboro was their a house track just south of Hwy 17. I have secne pics of that area and didn't know what that track was for. My grandfather told me they had replaced all the bridges except the altimaha bridge and a few other wood bridges right before they closed it. Did happen to know him as in my previous post his name was William Lee Blair and he was a bridge inspector right before he retired but was in a bridge gang before that. he worked this route and a lot in tampa FL. Couple of the old heads I work with remember him they called him WL Blair. He live right by the tracks in Everett GA. Have been trying to find pics of this route and some of the history of it. As a Carmen I don't get to get out and explore much unless wheels on the ground....

Willis Ford Jr
Charleston , SC
11/9/2014

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I'm not familiar with your grandfather or if the bridges were reworked. I was furloughed the first part of 88,either March or April and it continued operating after I'd gone.If I remember correctly there was a housetrack at Riceboro but exactly where I don't remember.

Kenneth Jones
Quinton, AL
11/9/2014

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