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Railroading in Georgia Started in Savannah

July 13, 2009

When we think of Savannah, we think of its port.  But there is another form of transportation that has played a huge role in development of the city. Savannah is home of the Central of Georgia Railroad.  The Roundhouse Railroad Museum, a National Historic Landmark,  really brings that home for us. 

Turntable at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, Savannah, GA

Turntable at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, Savannah, GA

This National Historic Landmark site is the oldest and largest existing nineteenth-century railroad operations complex in the nation. Construction began in 1850. Thirteen of the original structures remain today.  The turntable was restored and it still works.  

I was there recently and, except for the fact that I almost passed out from the heat and humidity, enjoyed it a lot.  The heat was relieved when I went inside the air conditioned Central of Georgia Office Car.

Central of Georgia office car,  Roundhouse Railroad Museum, Savannah, GA

Central of Georgia office car, Roundhouse Railroad Museum, Savannah, GA

The office car started out as a Pullman parlor car in 1925.  It morphed into a passenger car during World War Two when there was a dire shortage of passenger cars, and eventually became an office car, which was used by the railroad’s top executives. 

Lounge, Central of Georgia office car, Roundhouse Railroad Museum, Savannah, GA

Lounge, Central of Georgia office car, Roundhouse Railroad Museum, Savannah, GA

 Oh, I remember telling you in an earlier post that I would explain this picture.

Toilet

It’s the office car’s bathroom.

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