Former SAL mainline at Everett, Georgia...being pulled up- 1986
The final Train to operate on the former SAL mainline at Everett, Georgia is heading south in this view pulling up the rails and loading them onto the rail train. This operation is nearing it's end as the train approaches Thalmann, the southern end of the track removal. It is a sad site to see when you consider the importance the route once possessed. This was the Seaboard Air Line!!! Very strange how the Railroad had installed new Ties here a few years prior and then decided to abandon the route. Talk about a waste of money. I have been told this same thing happened on a number of other key routes as well. This leads me to believe a major change in management occured that resulted in this and other abandonments. I have heard from more than a dozen people it was former "Chessie" people that resulted in this. I suppose eventually the route would have been abandoned no matter what. There were some good points brought up in discussions, mainly the trestle on the Altamaha River, plus a bunch of wooden trestles. Lots of money to maintain that kind of stuff. However, lost is the ability to bypass in case of a wreck on the A Line. In Florida, as well as in South Carolina, there are alternate routes. If a wreck happens on the Nahunta Sub, there is no way to get around it. William Blair is standing where the NS connection track used to be. The Overpass in the distance was eventually knocked down when the Highway was widened to 4 lanes. Today, this spot is a Pine Forest literally and quite overgrown. This was once the SAL's high speed, high density CTC controlled racetrack to Florida, built nearly 100 years prior by the FC&P to gain access to the north when Henry
Plant would not allow trackage rights into Savannah. He about laid an egg when the FC&P
completed a route 30 miles shorter and built in the marshes of coastal Georgia once thought to be impassable!!! The line had a vivid and colorful history!!! Many thanks to Willis Ford for the use of these Photos taken by William Blair, his Grandfather who worked for the SAL, SCL, and CSX before retiring. I wish I had been there that day he took these.