Louisville and Wadley Railroad
The Louisville and Wadley Railroad was chartered on August 24, 1872 to build a 10-mile line from a Central of Georgia connection at Wadley north to Louisville, GA. The line was completed in 1879, and the line had to be continuously subsidized to keep it out of receivership. Passenger service ended in 1953. It was sold to the Central of Georgia in 1898. In 1961, the Central sold it to a new company which operated it as the Louisville and Wadley Railway.
The Georgia Department of Transportation still has the Louisville and Wadley Railroad as having 10 miles of track even thaw service to Louisville was discontinued in 1971 due to bridge failure over Boggy Gut Creek just northeast of Wadley. Most of the track is either gone or over grown. The L&W does have many box cars that they lease under the L&W name. When I took these pictures in 2006 Southern 1004 was still operational and sitting on the L&W Y track near where it runs into the now Norfolk and Southern main line all so there was a L&W Box car on the Y. I am guessing Billy Gibson was still using 1004 to move his L&W box cars around.
SW1 built in 1950 and had an engine change in 1960
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