Experiment to Senoia

Picture Point of Interest

(Forwarded from the Savannah, Griffin & North Alabama Railroad)

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At Experiment, GA, just north of the Georgia Experimental Station and the point where the former Central of Georgia line to Chattanooga left the Atlanta main. This point is just north of Griffin, GA also. For some reason, Norfolk Southern has left most of the rails in place on abandoned/out-of-service railroads around Griffin. The rails have been paved over at grade crossings.

This line was originally built by the Savannah, Griffin & North Alabama Railroad in 1870 and extended from Experiment (just north of Griffin) to Esmond, Rio, Vaughn, Brooks, Senoia and on to Newnan, GA. It was extended to Carrollton in 1872. By 1881, it was operated in conjunction with the Central of Georgia. In November 1890, the SG&NA was sold at foreclosure to the Savannah & Western Railroad. In 1891, the S&W bought the Chattanooga, Rome and Columbus Railroad, a 140-mile line from Carrollton to Chattanooga, TN. The Chattanooga line from Griffin to Chattanooga was now complete. But first, the S&W and the Central of Georgia entered receivership, and federal courts separated the CR&C from the S&W and returned it to the original owners. The Savannah and Western was sold at judicial sale in October, 1895. It was conveyed to the newly reorganized Central of Georgia Railway in December 1895. The Central of Georgia reacquired the CR&C in 1901, and again the line from Griffin to Chattanooga was in hand. This line came to be known as the "C-Line".

This line to Chattanooga was a key route of the CGRR, but when the Central was absorbed into the Southern Railway, its days were numbered. The section from Experiment (Griffin) to Senoia was deemed to be unnecessary, it is was taken out of service in the 1990s. Most of the rail is still in place, particularly around Griffin. Rumor has it that NS had included plans for re-opening the line in their capital improvement outlook for 2001. However with the downturn in the economy, as well as the disastrous Conrail assimilation, plans have been semi-permanently shelved.

Its wierd on how part of the railroad became a sidewalk

Pittsford, NY


Norfolk Southern, while backwards in many ways (in particular, their treatment of their own workers) is forward-thinking in how they deal with out-of-service tracks. Instead of ripping tracks out during a traffic downturn they leave them in place in case they may need them again. Compare that to CSX which stupidly tore out their own main line to St. Louis (and other places such as south of Richmond) and then had to buy half of Conrail at an exorbitant price when they realized their mistake.

Phil McCall
Orlando, FL


The image code below is a section of very early rail found in GA. Have you ever seen a design like this? I suspect it may be from a street tram line in a GA. city. Thanks.


Iowa City, IA


There's a pair of abandoned crossing signals on GA 85C in Brooks, Georgia.

Huntsville, AL


I love all the history this line has. I Have some family that live about a half mile away from the line, at Vaughn. I Wish they would re-open it badly. Its sad to just see it rot away.

Harrison Rogers
McDonough, GA


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