Brunswick and Albany Railroad

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Organized in 1861, the Brunswick and Albany Railroad Company was created to take over operation of the 5 ft (1,524 mm) Brunswick and Florida Railroad[1] which was a casualty of the American Civil War. Apparently, the Confederate States of America took portions of the Brunswick and Florida rail line for use in other more strategic lines. By May 1869, the Brunswick and Albany had reopened tracks between Brunswick, Georgia, and a connection with the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad (1856–79) at Tebeauville, Georgia. The Brunswick and Albany Railroad Company became bankrupt in 1872 after a bond was nullified by the Georgia General Assembly. The company was reorganized in 1882 and was then named the Brunswick and Western Railroad.

Col. Charles L. Schlatter was an accomplished and eminent civil engineer, who in early life was chief engineer of the state of Pennsylvania and of the Ogdensburg Railroad of New York, etc. Col. Schlatter came to Georgia on account of failing health, requiring a mild climate, and became deeply interested in Brunswick; and to him belongs the credit of originating and organizing the Brunswick and Albany (now Brunswick and Western) Railroad.[citation needed]