A Southeastern Regional Railroad - 1930's - 1940's
Savannah & Atlanta Railway


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S&A 45
Savannah & Atlanta
Employee TT
September 26, 1945
The 142-mile Savannah and Atlanta Railway (S&A) ran from S&A Junction (between Camak and Warrenton) to Savannah. It was incorporated by the Imbrie Company on December 8, 1915 to build a rail connection between the Georgia Railroad and the Savannah and Northwestern Railway. Poor's 1923 Manual took note of the importance of this link: “Its completion makes a direct and by 28 miles the shortest route between Atlanta and Savannah. Over this line the Georgia RR obtains its only entrance to Savannah. Road was completed in August, 1916, and was originally operated by the Savannah and Northwestern Ry. under a traffic agreement. In July, 1917, however, the Savannah and Atlanta Ry absorbed the Savannah and Northwestern Ry. The line entered receivership in 1921 and was sold in 1929 to Robert M. Nelson.(ss)
The S&A was not much of a passenger carrier, but in 1931 it did have one passenger train a day between Savannah and Camak, 145 miles, where it connected with the Central of Georgia. By the early 40's the service had deteriorated to one mixed train between Savannah and Waynesboro, 96 miles. This reduced service continued until it also was dropped in the late 40's. By 1948 the S&A was freight only. In 1945 it did operated a "fruit express" which, in all

S&A48
Savannah & Atlanta
Employee TT
November 20, 1948

S&Alogo
probability, brought fruit north and west from Florida since it operated only in one direction and had "first class" status on the S&A (rp)
The Central of Georgia bought it from Nelson in 1951.
In 1962, the Central abandoned the middle section of the line between Waynesboro and Sylvania. The Warrenton-Waynesboro and Shawnee-Savannah sections are currently operated by Norfolk Southern Railway and the Sylvania-Shawnee section is operated by the Ogeechee Railway.(ss)

Short history of the Savannah & Atlanta Railway
1906 - Brinson Railroad chartered to build a line from Savannah to Sylvania, the Brinson Railroad was a project of George M. Brinson, a businessman who had built the Stillmore Air Line Railway a few years earlier.
1906-09 -. Construction began at Savannah and by 1909 the Brinson rails had reached Newington.
cir 1909 - Brinson purchased the bankrupt Savannah Valley Railroad and incorporated its Newington-to-Millhaven tracks into his route. The SV 30 mile line ran from Egypt, the CofG through Newington and Sylvania to Millhaven.
cir 1909 - Brinson abandoned the 9 mile segment of SV from Newington to Egypt.
1911 - Brinson builds west from Millhaven reaching Waynesboro.
1913 - Brinson reaches St. Clair and connection with Georgia & Florida Railway.
1910 - Savannah & Northwestern Railway is incorporated as Brinson Railway.
1914 - Brinson leaves company and the name is changed to Savannah and Northwestern Railway.
1918 - In August the new Savannah and Atlanta Railway completed a connection from the Savannah and Northwestern at St. Clair to the Georgia Railroad at Warrenton and Camak. The Savannah and Northwestern operated this extension under a traffic agreement.
1917 - In July the S&NW was merged into the Savannah and Atlanta.
1921 - The S&A entered receivership.
1929 - S&A is sold to Robert M. Nelson.
1931 - S&A operating single passenger train from Savannah to Camak, 145 miles.
1943-45 - By now the passenger service is one mixed train from Savannah and Waynesboro, 96 miles.
1948 - S&A is freight only railroad but has a northbound "Fruit Express" fast freight.
1951 - The Central of Georgia bought the S&A from Nelson.
1962 - The CofG abandoned the middle section of the line between Waynesboro and Sylvania.
1963 - CofG becomes subsidiary of Southern Railway.
1982 - Southern and Norfolk and Western become Norfolk Southern Corporation.
Current - The Warrenton-Waynesboro and Shawnee-Savannah sections are currently operated by Norfolk Southern Railway and the Sylvania-Shawnee section is operated by the Ogeechee Railway.

S&A map
Savannah & Atlanta -1960


Our Sources
Private Collection of Richard R. Parks(rp)
Wikipedia the free Encyclopedia [web](wik)
Official Guide- Various editions
Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. Steve Storey. (ss)
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