Central of Georgia

Central of Georgia (HMC43)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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N 32° 4.554', W 81° 6.104'

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Welcome to the Central of Georgia railroadrepair shops of Savannah
You are entering the heart of the Central ofGeorgia railroad complex in Savannah. This" miniature city " produced much of what wasneeded for the construction and repair oflocomotives and train cars. It handled administration, passenger and freight activities.Most of these buildings were constructed in the 1850's or 1920's. The Central of Georgia was amajor employer and a driving economic forcein the state and region. The move from steamto diesel locomotives shifted work to theMacon complex. The Savannah facilitiesclosed in 1963.
Today the complex is owned by the City ofSavannah. The Coastal Heritage Society beganrestoration and rehabilitation activities in 1989.This massive effort continues along withincreasing visitor opportunities. In 1996, theGeorgia State Legislature designated it theGeorgia State Railroad Museum.

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1893 State of Georgia charters Central Railroad and Canal Company · 1836 Railroad shops construction beginsnorth of Louisville Road · 1843 Railroad track to Macon completed · 1855 Railroad shops completed south of Louisville Road · 1866 Repairs made after Civil War damage · 1895 Central Railroad enters receivership;reorganizes as the Central of GeorgiaRailway · 1910 Macon rail shops built · 1923 Fire partially destroys Savannah shops · 1927 Company builds employee hospital in Savannah · 1940 First use of Diesel locomotives · 1952 End of steam locomotive use · 1963 Southern Railway buys and closesSavannah shops · 1967 Citizens commission begins acquiring site · 1972 City of Savannah acquires site · 1978 Passenger station and rail shops designatedNational Landmark District
HM NumberHMC43
Placed ByCoastal Heritage Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 6:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 490398 N 3548853
Decimal Degrees32.07590000, -81.10173333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.554', W 81° 6.104'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 33.24" N, 81° 6' 6.24" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 655 Louisville Rd, Savannah GA 31401, US
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