Fall Meeting Scheduled for October 13–14, 2017, in Savannah, Ga.

The fall membership meeting of the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society, Inc., has been scheduled for Friday–Saturday, October 13–14, 2017, in Savannah, Ga. Our meeting will include a tour of the Georgia Ports Authority on Friday afternoon, a membership meeting (including board elections) Friday night, and activities all day Saturday.

At 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, we’ll depart the Holiday Inn Express (see address below) by bus for a tour of the Georgia Ports Authority. (Note: You must register in advance for this tour. A photo ID is required for entrance to the Ports). We should return to the motel around 5:30 p.m. (Note that due to the Ports tour, we will not have an archive work session.)

At 6:45 p.m. Friday night, we’ll have the annual meeting of the Society’s Board of Directors in the meeting room at the motel. Members are welcomed to attend, although the meeting is for discussion of various Society administrative business. At 7:30 p.m., we’ll have our annual business meeting, which will include elections for Board of Directors. Following the business meeting, CGRHS member Thomas Bordeaux will give a presentation on the history of the CofGa’s Tybee Branch. (Our bus tour on Saturday will include visits to some portions of the Tybee Branch.)

On Saturday, we’ll depart the Holiday Inn Express around 8:45 a.m. for a bus tour to various CofGa sites. At 10:00 a.m., we’ll depart via charter boat from the Bull River Marina for a unique trip to see the remaining trestle pilings from the CofGa’s Tybee Branch crossing of St. Augustine Creek. We’ll also follow the abandoned Tybee roadbed along the South Channel of the Savannah River, returning to the marina around noon. (Note: Due to the number of seats available on the boat, early registration is highly recommended.)

After lunch, we’ll visit the Georgia State Railroad Museum to see the restoration work being done on the Society’s 1925 CofGa flat car. Members will also have an opportunity to see the Museum’s other CofGa equipment. After leaving the Museum, we’ll visit several other CofGa sites in the Savannah area and should return to the motel around 4:00 p.m. (Note that the exact itinerary is subject to change.) There will not be any activities Saturday night. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express, 7210 Georgia Highway 21, Port Wentworth, GA 31407 (912-964-8900). The group rate is $99.00 per night. Please be sure to mention that you are with the “Central GA Railway Historical Society” when calling to make reservations. The cut-off date for that rate is September 28, 2017. (Rooms are available Thursday night through Saturday night.)

Registration for the weekend’s events is $35 per person (or $55 per couple). To register, send your name, address, and number of registrations (include individual names for name tags) to Society Secretary/Treasurer Eddie Shaw (see address in the last issue of The Right Way). Payment can be made by check or money order payable to CGRHS. Registration can also be made here using PayPal. Early registration is highly recommended!

More specific details will be posted as available.

“The Right Way” Vol. 21, No. 3, Mailed to Members

The July–September 2017 issue of The Right Way, the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society’s official publication, was mailed to members on Monday, September 11, 2017.

Articles include:

  • Switch List for Train No. 71
  • Happy 70th Birthday…Nancy Hanks II!
  • A CofGa Motor Car Album
  • C. G. News

Membership expiration is based on the last issue that a member is to receive. A one year membership in the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society always includes four issues of The Right Way (regardless of the publication date). This ensures that each member receives the full benefit of their membership.

2018 Calendar Available Now

The Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society is pleased to announce the publication of our new 2018 Central of Georgia calendar. The 13-month calendar features black & white photographs of passenger and freight trains (including steam and diesel) in operation at Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, and several other cities on the CofGa. Important dates in the history of the Central of Georgia and subsidiary lines are also included.

Most of the images used in the 2018 calendar are from the Society’s collection. The calendar is available from our online store here and at all of the train shows we attend.

 

“The Right Way” Vol. 21, No. 2, Mailed to Members

The April–June 2017 issue of The Right Way, the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society’s official publication, was mailed to members on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

Articles include:

  • “Great News for Travelers”
  • A Week on a Long Barrel Local (Part 2)
  • Happy 70th Birthday…Man o’ War!
  • C. G. News

Membership expiration is based on the last issue that a member is to receive. A one year membership in the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society always includes four issues of The Right Way (regardless of the publication date). This ensures that each member receives the full benefit of their membership.

Flat Car Restoration Project

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The Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society has begun a new fundraising effort to support our Flat Car Restoration Project.

The Car

In August of 2011, Georgia Power, a subsidiary of the Southern Company, donated a Central of Georgia 40′ steel underframe flat car to the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society. At that time, the flat car had been at Georgia Power’s Plant Hammond for about 30 years. No longer needed, it sat unused and unprotected for years on an outdoor siding.

Evaluation of the car determined that it is from a group of 100 cars (CG 10701–10800) built in 1925 by Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad Company in Fairfield, Ala. The car still has Andrews trucks and K-type brakes. The car’s road number has not been determined, but as the only intact survivor of a small group of cars, it is unique.

More on the Society’s 1925 flat car is here.

How You Can Help

With your help, we can return this “unsung hero” to a place of honor in railroading history. While the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society is actively seeking grants, awards, and corporate funding, those sources are limited, and most of the restoration funds will need to come from individuals like you.

There are several levels of participation available for those wanting to help, including donations and special items available for purchase. Every donation and purchase of special items will help—please be as generous as possible!

Donation Levels

Click here to see Donation Levels in the online store.

Buy a Bolt (buys hardware to attach the new decking) – $10.00

Buy a Board (puts one new wood plank on the deck) – $30.00

Buy a Bucket of Paint (buys a gallon of industrial paint) – $50.00

District Superintendent $100.00

Division Superintendent$500.00

Board of Directors $1,000.00

President’s Circle$2,500.00

(Donations of District Superintendent level and above will be recognized on a special commemorative plaque to be displayed on the restored car.)

Special Items for Purchase

Click here to see Special Items for Purchase in the online store.

“I Helped Fix the Flat” T-shirt—Gray shirt with red, black, and blue graphics, shows others your support of our flat car restoration effort. Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2X, and 3X. $25.00

HO Scale Flat Car Kit—Tichy HO scale plastic 40′ flat car kit with Andrews trucks and custom CofGa decals. $25.00

Art Print—Your choice of one of eight different CofGa art prints by artist Jack Tupper. $20.00

Embroidered Cap—Selected from an assortment of embroidered CofGa caps. $40.00

HO Scale Covered Hopper—Kadee HO scale CofGa covered hopper car. $50.00

CofGa Flat Car Decals—Accurate for CofGa flat cars in 10701–10800 series circa late 1940s. Set letters one car. Available in N ($5.00), HO ($7.00), S ($9.00), O ($12.00), and G ($15.00)

(All prices include postage. Some items are available in limited quantities!)

 

A PDF form to order or donate by mail can be downloaded here flat-car-restoration-project-mail-order-form.

Help Fix the Flat!

 

“The Right Way” Vol. 21, No. 1, Mailed to Members

The January–March 2017 issue of The Right Way, the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society’s official publication, was mailed to members on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Articles include:

  • The Robertson Cinder Conveyor
  • A Week on a Long Barrel Local (Part 1)
  • A Conductor’s Retirement…in 1960
  • C. G. News

Membership expiration is based on the last issue that a member is to receive. A one year membership in the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society always includes four issues of The Right Way (regardless of the publication date). This ensures that each member receives the full benefit of their membership.

“The Right Way” Vol. 20, No. 4, Mailed to Members

The October–December 2016 issue of The Right Way, the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society’s official publication, was mailed to members on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Articles include:

  • More on Freight Trucks
  • Macon’s Million Dollar Terminal Station
  • A Borrowed Christmas Cover…
  • C. G. News

Membership expiration is based on the last issue that a member is to receive. A one year membership in the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society always includes four issues of The Right Way (regardless of the publication date). This ensures that each member receives the full benefit of their membership.

Spring Meeting Scheduled for April 21–22, 2017, in Statesboro, Ga.

Update (3/16/2017): We’ve added several rooms to our block at the Holiday Inn for Thursday night.

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The spring meeting of the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society, Inc., has been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 21–22, 2017, in Statesboro, Ga. Our meeting will include an archive work session on Friday, a presentation on Friday night, and a bus tour of various CofGa related sites in Statesboro, Sylvania, and Rocky Ford on Saturday.

Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning, we’ll have an archive work session in the Dogwood meeting room at the Holiday Inn Statesboro (See motel information below). Our current plans are to continue the process of sorting and organizing the Society’s equipment drawings that was begun at our October meeting. We still have a great deal of work to do to sort and organize our collection, and members are encouraged to stop by anytime during the day to help!

At 7:00 p.m. Friday evening, we’ll have a presentation in the hotel’s meeting room on the railroads in the Statesboro area. We’ll also have a brief overview of some of the sites we’ll see during our bus tour on Saturday.
On Saturday morning, we’ll depart the hotel at 9:00 a.m. for a bus tour of several Central of Georgia sites in the Statesboro area. We’ll then travel to Sylvania to see the remaining trackage of the Sylvania Central and the Savannah & Atlanta Railway in the industrial area near downtown, currently operated by a shortline railroad. (Editor’s note: See the article “The Sylvania Central’s Trackage at Sylvania, Ga.” in the January–March 2015 issue [Vol. 19, No. 1] of The Right Way.)

Next, we’ll follow the long-abandoned route of the Sylvania Central west from Sylvania to Rocky Ford, where it connected with the Central of Georgia’s Savannah–Macon mainline (now operated by Norfolk Southern). At Rocky Ford, we’ll visit the site of the CofGa depot, see the remaining brick warehouse and other historic buildings, and trace roadbed of both the Sylvania Central and Foy’s Tram (a private railroad that connected to the CofGa at Rocky Ford via a wye). The bus should return to the hotel by 4:00 p.m.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Statesboro, 455 Commerce Drive, Statesboro, GA 30461. The group rate is $119 per night. Reservations can be made by contacting the motel at (912) 489-4545 and asking for the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society block (code: CGR). Rooms may also be reserved online at www.holidayinn.com (code: CGR) or by using this link. The cut-off date for the block is March 21, 2017. Rooms are available for Friday and Saturday nights. (Update: We’ve added several rooms to our block at the Holiday Inn for Thursday night.)

Registration for the weekend’s events is $30 per person or $50 per couple. To register, send your name, address, and number of registrations (include individual names for nametags), along with a check or money order (payable to CGRHS) to secretary/treasurer Eddie Shaw at the address in the last issue of The Right Way. Registrations can also be made here. Early registration is highly recommended!

Additional information will be posted as available on the Society’s web site at www.cofga.org.

“The Right Way” Vol. 20, No. 3, Mailed to Members

The July–September 2016 issue of The Right Way, the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society’s official publication, was mailed to members on Monday, February 6, 2017.

Articles include:

  • “Hey! Look at the Opportunities…”
  • The Story of a Flat Car (Help Fix the Flat!)
  • Train No. 34…One Day in May
  • C. G. News

Membership expiration is based on the last issue that a member is to receive. A one year membership in the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society always includes four issues of The Right Way (regardless of the publication date). This ensures that each member receives the full benefit of their membership.

“The Right Way” Vol. 20, No. 2, Mailed to Members

cgv20n2The April–June 2016 issue of The Right Way, the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society’s official publication, was mailed to members on Monday, November 14, 2016.

Articles include:

  • Out of Bankruptcy: John Fletcher Hanson
  • For Once and For All…
  • Electric Trucks in Transfer Service
  • C. G. News

Membership expiration is based on the last issue that a member is to receive. A one year membership in the Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society always includes four issues of The Right Way (regardless of the publication date). This ensures that each member receives the full benefit of their membership.