Georgia Central

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Postby ashley2771 » Fri May 09, 2008 5:50 pm

Check RRPicturearchives.net for GC pictures... if you look them up Geographically, look for Macon, Dublin, Vidalia, and Tarrytown... they run about 170 altogether...
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby Jeff Smith » Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:50 pm

How busy is the Georgia Central in Claxton? Are there any good times to go down and fan?
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby georgiacentralfan » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:35 pm

Georgia Central runs 5 trains a day 3 road freights.
1. L782 Vidalia Local: runs Monday-Friday. Monday-Thursday L782 runs to Dublin and meets the Macon Local Y101 and goes back west to Collins and meets L783 Savannah Local. On Friday L782 runs to Meldrim and meets L783. Leaves and returns to Lyons everyday.
2. L783 Savannah Local: Monday-Thursday. Monday-Thursday L782 runs east to Collins and meets L782 Vidalia Local. On Friday runs to Meldrim and meets L782 again. Leaves and returns to Garden City everyday.
3.Y101 Macon Local: Monday-Thursday. Runs to Dublin and meets L782. Leaves and returns to Macon everyday
4.Y103 Dublin Switcher: Monday-Saturday, Occasionally Sunday. Switches industries in Dublin
5.Y115:Woodchip train: Sunday-Saturday. Runs only in Savannah
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby iggy44 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:26 pm

Hi all-
I'm going to be in Savannah for about half a day this Wednesday or Thursday and I'm looking to find out where the GCRy keeps their motive power. I'm certainly not going to have a lot of time (family vacation) to do this, but I would like to grab a couple of roster shots. Also, what type of neighborhood are they in?
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby Jeff Smith » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:08 pm

I saw a GC unit parked on a single track crossing near the Amtrak station the other day. The yard must be close by.
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby iggy44 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:35 pm

After looking at Google maps, I was able to find the yard near Alabama Jct. All that was there was an Ohio Central GP10, 7594 and two MT4 slugs, 1006 and 1005 (Conrail paint). Was dissapointed that the GE's were out but thats what you get for 5 minute railfanning.
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby rogruth » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:35 pm

I live in Pembroke on the GC line to Savannah.There seems to be at least two trains east and two west on week days at this time.Schedule is very irregular.
The Riceboro Southern is part of the GC but is now using locos in G&W paint.I have not seen any GC locos in that scheme yet.
The yard in Dublin mentioned above was at one time used by the MD&S [SCL,etc] and the Wrightsville and Tennille [SR,NS].It now seems to be down to two or three tracks.
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby ashley2771 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:00 pm

The GC trains from Savannah to Vidalia and vice versa often swap consists in Groveland. Generally, this exchange takes place between 4-7 pm.
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby thebigham » Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:14 am

Over on the G&W railfans' Facebook page, supposedly G&W has put the Georgia Central GE locomotives up for sale.
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby ashley2771 » Tue May 06, 2014 2:46 pm

that's what I've read... I hate to see the GE's be sold since they provide some variety in the EMD dominated shortline business... I had hoped they might pick up some -7s or -8s, given the GE knowledge they must have at the Lyons shops...
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby rogruth » Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:44 pm

The GE locos are still running through Pembroke and they are the only locos I have seen through here.
G&W witchers are being used on the Riceboro Southern yard in Savannah.
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby ashley2771 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:39 pm

from what I've heard the Uboats are going overseas, but I don't know when, or what will replace them...
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby rogruth » Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:23 pm

There is more activity on the GC between Claxton and Savannah these days. I live in Pembroke and I think we are back to four trains a day, possibly six.
All of the GE U-boats seem to be gone. A lot of work has been done to and around the track. Many crossing gates have been installed, I have been told in anticipation of raising the speed.
There have also been several container trains a week. Train schedules still seem to be rather variable. Most are still run on demand it seems. I have heard some talk of a trans-load
facility of some kind to be built near Dublin.
I don't get around as much as in the past so do not see as much.
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby ashley2771 » Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:33 am

All the Uboats are indeed gone... cut up except for one that went to a museum. I drive through Pembroke every day back and forth to work but seldom catch any of the trains... since L782 and L783 don't seem to swap much in Groveland anymore, it's hard to catch them there too
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Re: Georgia Central

Postby Jeff Smith » Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:43 am

http://urhs.org/blog/help-restore-u34ch-3372/

Not sure if that's the U-Boat that went to a museum or not. URHS is a fantastic operation.
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