While in Savannah, you won’t want to miss a visit to The Georgia State Railroad Museum. Train enthusiasts and history buffs of all ages will find the visit fascinating and entertaining while others may find themselves turning into train enthusiasts and history buffs!
Once the shops and terminal facility for the Central of Georgia Railway, Savannah, the Georgia State Railroad Museum is a National Historic Landmark and the largest and most complete Antebellum railroad repair facility still in existence.
The Central of Georgia Railroad was started in 1833 and, by 1843, was the longest continuous railroad under one management in the world. The Central reached its peak in the early 1920s and was the largest employer in Savannah but, by the 1940s, diesel was replacing steam on all American railroads. Shop complexes like the Central of Georgia Railway were slowly phased out. In 1963, The Southern Railway bought the Central of Georgia and closed down the Savannah shops, ending over 100 years of railroad activity at the site.
Now part of a large, historical complex, the Georgia State Railroad Museum – originally called the Roundhouse Railroad Museum – allows visitors a chance to step back to another time with exhibits like the fully-functional turntable in the roundhouse, unused rolling stock, historic rail cars, steam and diesel engines, and working handcars.
Don’t miss a chance for a ride on one of the still-functioning steam engines, either: the No. 30 steam locomotive, built in 1913, and the more modern No. 119 diesel locomotive, built in 1947.
Georgia State Railroad Museum
The Georgia State Railroad Museum offers guided tours and a variety of programs. Check here for more details: Georgia State Railroad Museum
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