Atlantic and Gulf Railroad (1991–99)

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Atlantic and Gulf Railroad
Reporting mark AGLF
Locale Southwest Georgia
Dates of operation 1991–1999
Predecessor CSX Transportation
Successor Georgia & Florida RailNet
Track gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
Length 77 miles (124 km)
Headquarters Albany, Georgia

The Atlantic and Gulf Railroad (reporting mark AGLF) was a shortline railroad that previously operated 77 miles (124 km) of track between Thomasville and Sylvester, Georgia via Albany. The Atlantic & Gulf was created in 1991 from former CSX tracks and currently exists as part of the Georgia & Florida Railway, a subsidiary of OmniTRAX.[1]

History[edit]

The Atlantic & Gulf consisted of two separate lines out of Albany. The route from Thomasville to Albany was originally built by the South Georgia and Florida Railroad and completed in June 1870. The SG&F later became part of the original Atlantic & Gulf Railroad, and the Savannah, Florida & Western by 1879. After 1882 the SF&W was simply known as the Plant System.[2]

A second line ran from Albany to Sylvester, and was built by the Brunswick & Albany in 1872. By 1901 the railroad was part of the Savannah, Florida & Western. Both lines ended up under the Atlantic Coast Line umbrella in 1902, and through a number of mergers became part of CSX by 1986.

CSX sold both routes to Gulf and Ohio Railways subsidiary Atlantic & Gulf and service began February 15, 1991.[3] Interchange was made with CSX at Thomasville, Norfolk Southern at Albany, the Georgia Great Southern at Albany until 1994, and the Georgia Southwestern at Albany after 1994. Commodities included coal, paper, grain, peanut oil, tires, forest products, and aggregates, which generated about 12,000 carloads in 1991.[3][4]

On April 30, 1999 the Atlantic & Gulf was sold by Gulf & Ohio to North American RailNet subsidiary Georgia & Florida RailNet along with an adjacent Gulf & Ohio property, the Georgia & Florida.[5][6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Georgia & Florida Railway, Inc.". Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Plant System". 11 June 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Lewis, Edward A. (1996). American Shortline Railway Guide (5 ed.). Kalmbach Publishing Company. pp. 34–35. ISBN 0-89024-290-9. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Edward A. (1991). American Shortline Railway Guide (4 ed.). Kalmbach Publishing Company. p. 28. ISBN 0-89024-109-0. 
  5. ^ "STB Finance Docket No. 33716". 13 May 1999. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "STB Finance Docket No. 33717". 13 May 1999. Retrieved 8 September 2010.