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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby G&Fman » Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:55 am

Jeff Smith wrote:Right, north of the mill. Maria Sorrell is south. The siding is still connected at Maria Sorrell; how long has the mill been closed?



The mill (Grinnell) has been closed for a good bit of years now. Back in 1997 while a senior at GSU I did a senior project at the mill when it was operational. Lot of people were employed there.....it was a busy place. The Ogeechee RR worked the mill everyday spotting loads of scrap metal and industrial sand. Sad when something like that shuts down......
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby mterrell » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:45 am

Doesn't look like 1325 is going anywhere.
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby G&Fman » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:42 am

Won't be long before it gets completely covered up with weeds! I haven't had a chance to talk with the crew. They would know what's going on with it.
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby mterrell » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:26 pm

Four (yes four) tankers were left on this siding Thursday and picked up Friday:
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=statesbo ... orgia&z=18

Otherwise I haven't seen anything interesting on the line recently except the flatcar that they use to move ties has appeared again on the siding at Gateway.
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby G&Fman » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:53 am

That flat they're using to haul crossties was at one time an old Southern "woodrack" used to haul pulpwood back in the day. Matter of fact, there was a small woodyard in Metter years ago that loaded these cars. By the early 2000's they were all retired by NS.

I heard the horn blowing through town a few minutes ago........all the way from just outside of Brooklet!
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby ashley2771 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:18 pm

Some shots from Statesboro, Monday, Feb. 18 are attached. The hopper is on the Tillman, Brannen, Minick, siding and the locomotive is outside Howard Lumber.
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Georgia Southern railway locomotive outside Howard Lumber in Statesboro
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Potash Corp hopper at Tillman, Brannen, Minick
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby G&Fman » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:14 pm

In related GASR news:

The state has approved for the old G&F mainline south of Kirby (Swainsboro) to Vidalia to be restored. Work will commence in the next few weeks by clearing trees / brush along the right-of-way then replacing the light rail, crossties, and ballast. The bridges (I believe there are two) will be repaired as well. All of this will be done by Utilco Railway Services of Tifton, GA.

The GASR's lease with the HOG on the Midville to Kirby section will expire in about 2 years. The plan is to have all of this done by then so that the HOG can take back over operations. This will give the HOG one complete line from Americus / Cordele to Midville. Word is that a big woodyard wants to locate on the line somewhere north of Vidalia. Also, word is that once this is done, NS will bring the pig trains from Savannah to Midville, handing them off to the HOG for the trip to Cordele. This of course will take that traffic away from the Georgia Central.

I took some pics along the overgrown line a week ago, with plans to get pics at those same locations after the work is completed or near completion. Hopefully I can get pics of the first train at these same locations as well!

The G&F will rise again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby mterrell » Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:21 pm

That's great. Very exciting. I was doubtful it was ever going to be restored but I'm glad it have work done to it soon.

Any chance you could post your pictures?
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby G&Fman » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:39 am

Here are some of the pics I took of the old G&F between Kirby and Vidalia. Sorry for the quality, it started raining just as soon as I got to Swainsboro and never stopped!
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Nunez-Lexsy Rd, Wesley, GA
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Stored Imperial sugar hoppers, just south of Kirby
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Posted at every crossing between Kirby and Vidalia
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby G&Fman » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:53 am

The last of the bunch.
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Leman Rd, Pendleton, GA
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U.S. Hwy 46 overpass, near Oak Park
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Rose Garden Rd, Lombard, GA, just north of I-16. I was told this is where they unloaded rock hoppers a long time ago.
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby mterrell » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:11 am

Great pictures. Any updates on this yet? Have they started working?
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby G&Fman » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:22 am

Yes. A couple of weeks ago they started cutting trees and brush from the right of way, starting from Kirby and making it just south of the Hwy 46 overpass near Oak Park.

There will be a bunch of stumps to dig up from the tracks which just adds to the trackwork to be done. No telling how much work the two(?) trestles will need.
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby ashley2771 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:16 pm

Where does the Georgia Southern Railway keep its locomotive? I drove thru Midville yesterday and noticed it wasn't there, no locomotives there as a matter of fact...
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby G&Fman » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:58 am

If it's not just west of the grain elevators in Midville then it's either at Rayonier in Kirby or Ominsource (Swainsboro Recycling) just north of downtown Swainsboro. The 1320 and 4215 that were sitting in Midville forever were finally moved a couple of months ago to the HOG in Americus.
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Re: Georgia Midland Railroad / Georgia Southern Railway

Postby ashley2771 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:07 pm

any updates on the rebuilding efforts between Kirby and Vidalia?
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