Posted on November 17, 2011 by linda
The Georgia State Railroad Museum is believed to be the largest and most complete Antebellum railroad repair facility still in existence in the world!
Guests can walk along the grounds of the complex where actual Rolling Stock is on display, learn about the functions each building served, and take part in scheduled activities that can include a train ride, rail car tours, the hand car, and children’s activities in the Baggage Car!
For over 100 years, the Savannah shops complex served as a major repair facility for the Central of Georgia Railway and was a vibrant part of Savannah’s industrial heritage. The Georgia State Railroad Museum is recognized as a National Historic Landmark District and has been designated by the State Legislature as the Georgia State Railroad Museum.
The Central of Georgia Railroad and Canal Company was chartered in 1833. By 1843, it was the longest continuous railroad under one central management in the world. The Central reached its peak in the early 1920s and was the lartest employer in Savannah. During the Great Depression, although economically strained, the Central continued operation as a leading employer. Later, with the advent of diesel locomotives, the Savannah repair shops saw great decline and closed in 1963.
After years of neglect, the property was transferred to the City of Savannah and in 1989 the Coastal Heritage Society accepted management of the Savannah shops complex. With major support from the City of Savannah, the award winning professional staff members of our Preservation and Railroad Operations Teams work together to save numerous historic buildings, locomotives and rolling stock.
Georgia State Railroad Museum – 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, GA 31401
Monday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
$10 – Adults
includes train rides and regularly scheduled activities*
$6 – Children 6 and under
Free – Children 1 and under
Locomotive Cab Rides
$10 Diesel/$20 Steam (subject to availability)
*Please note the we reserve the right to cancel an activity to ensure the safety of our guests.
For more information on the location, scheduling group visits, and planning an event at this site, please visit Plan Your Visit or Event Planning.