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The Tifton, Thomasville and Gulf Railway was chartered on June 26, 1897 and operated from Tifton, GA to Thomasville, GA in 1900. The TT&G was consolidated with the Atlantic and Birmingham Railroad and the Tifton and Northeastern Railroad on December 3, 1903 to form the Atlantic and Birmingham Railway. It then became part of the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad when it took over the A&B on April 12, 1906.
The Tifton and Northeastern Railroad was chartered on October 15, 1891 and built a 25-mile line from Tifton, Georgia, United States to Fitzgerald, Georgia in 1896. The T&N was consolidated with the Atlantic and Birmingham Railroad and the Tifton, Thomasville and Gulf Railway on December 3, 1903 to form the Atlantic and Birmingham Railway. It then became part of the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad when it took over the A&B on April 12, 1906.
The Atlantic and Birmingham Railway was originally chartered in 1887 as the Waycross Air Line Railroad. In 1901, the original charter was amended for an extension to Birmingham and the railroad's name was changed to the Atlantic and Birmingham Railroad. Two years later, the A&B merged with the Tifton and Northeastern Railroad and the Tifton, Thomasville and Gulf Railway and was renamed the Atlantic and Birmingham Railway. In March, 1904, the A&B purchased the Brunswick and Birmingham Railway. In 1906, the A&B was purchased and merged into the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad.
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Tifton is a city in Tift County, Georgia, United States. The population was 16,869 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Tift County.
The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad is a former U. S. Class I railroad from 1900 until 1967, when it merged with long-time rival Seaboard Air Line Railroad to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. Much of the original ACL network has been part of CSX Transportation since 1986.
The Plant System named after its owner, Henry B. Plant, was a system of railroads and steamboats in the U.S. South, taken over by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1902. The original line of the system was the Savannah, Florida and Western Railway, running across southern Georgia. The Plant Investment Company was formed in 1882 to lease and buy other railroads and expand the system. Other major lines incorporated into the system include the Savannah and Charleston Railroad and the Brunswick and Western Railroad.
The Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railway was formed in 1914 as a reorganization of the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad, which had been created in 1905 to purchase the Atlantic and Birmingham Railway and extend its track into Birmingham, Alabama, from an end point at Montezuma, Georgia.
The Atlanta, Birmingham and Coast Railroad was organized in 1926 to replace the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railway. The AB&C was controlled by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, which owned a majority of the stock. In 1944 it reported 763 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 33 million passenger-miles; at the end of that year it operated 639 miles of road and 836 miles of track.
Originally chartered on October 24, 1887, the Waycross Air Line Railroad began operations between Waycross, GA to Sessoms, GA in 1890. In 1901, the railroad had extended as far as Fitzgerald, GA at which time its charter was amended for an extension to Birmingham, AL and it was renamed the Atlantic and Birmingham Railroad. That company was consolidated with the Tifton and Northeastern Railroad and Tifton, Thomasville and Gulf Railway on December 3, 1903 to form the Atlantic and Birmingham Railway.
The Georgia Southern and Florida Railway, also known as the Suwanee River Route from its crossing of the Suwanee River, was founded in 1885 as the Georgia Southern and Florida Railroad and began operations between Macon, GA and Valdosta, GA in 1889, extending to Palatka, FL in 1890. The railroad went bankrupt by 1891, was reorganized as the Georgia Southern and Florida Railway in 1895, and was mostly under the control of the Southern Railway.
The Florida Central Railroad, headquartered in Thomasville, Georgia, constructed a 47 miles (76 km) line between that city and Fanlew, Florida in 1907 and 1908.
The Winston-Salem Southbound Railway is a 90-mile (140 km) short-line railroad jointly owned by CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), which provide it with equipment. It connects with NS at the north end in Winston-Salem, CSX at the south end in Wadesboro, and in between with NS at Lexington and Whitney, the subsidiary High Point, Thomasville and Denton Railroad at High Rock, and the Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railway at Norwood. Originally owned jointly by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Norfolk and Western Railway, predecessors to CSX and NS, it was completed in November 1910.
The Union Station built in 1930 in Atlanta was the smaller of two principal train stations in downtown, Terminal Station being the other. It was the third "union station" or "union depot", succeeding the 1853 station, burned in mid-November 1864 when Federal forces left Atlanta for the March to the Sea, and the 1871 station.
The South Wind was a named passenger train equipped and operated jointly by the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, and the Florida East Coast Railway. The South Wind began operations in December 1940, providing streamliner service between Chicago, Illinois and Miami, Florida. This was one of three seven-car streamlined trains operating every third day along different routes between Chicago and Miami. The other two trains were the City of Miami, the Dixie Flagler and the Dixie Flyer. The South Wind remained in service through the creation of Amtrak in 1971 but was soon replaced by the Floridian.
The High Point, Thomasville, and Denton Railroad is a 20-mile short-line railroad jointly owned by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway (NS). It was a subsidiary of Winston-Salem Southbound Railway (WSS). The Winston-Salem Southbound Railway, filed a request April 13, 2010, to merge the High Point, Thomasville, and Denton Railroad into the Winston-Salem Southbound Railway. The Surface Transportation Board published notice of this transaction April 16, 2010 to be effective May 1.
The Atlantic and Gulf Railroad 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.
The Thomasville Subdivision is a railroad line owned by CSX Transportation in Georgia. The line runs from Thomasville, Georgia to Waycross, Georgia for a total of 106.3 miles. At its north end it continues south from the Thomasville Yard and at its south end it continues south as the Fitzgerald Subdivision and Jesup Subdivision. There is also the Waycross Terminal section of the Thomasville Subdivision which runs in the Waycross, Georgia area and is 7.1 miles in length. At its north end it branches off of the Thomasville Subdivision and at its south end it connects with the Jesup Subdivision.
The Southland was a night train between Chicago, Illinois and different points in western and eastern Florida in the 1940s and the 1950s. It was distinctive among Midwest to Florida trains as its western branch was the only mid-Twentieth Century long distance train passing from Georgia to Florida bypassing the usual passenger train hub of Jacksonville Union Station. The main operator was the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, and a pooling partner were the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and to lesser extent, the Wabash Railroad and the Florida East Coast Railway. For southeast bound -but not northwest bound- trips to Norfolk, Virginia, some coaches in 1946 diverged at Cincinnati along a Norfolk and Western Railroad route. Northwest bound, travelers could switch trains at Cincinnati for heading towards Chicago.