Location / Name:
Savannah GA, Chatham County (county seat)
Amtrak Station (SAV)
CSX and NS
Georgia Central RR
Savannah & Old Fort RR
Georgia State Railroad Museum (former CofG RR Yard)
Former CofG Depot and Train Shed
CSX Savannah Yard
NS Dillard Yard
CSX Southover Yard
At least Four Smaller Yards
Mason Mega Rail Terminal
Alabama Junction (two diamonds)
Port Junction (wye)
Central Junction (three diamonds)
Port Wentworth Junction
Savannah is a Port Town, and because of that, railroads serve almost every
part of the town and is THE reason we have so much action! Savannah has an advantage over other ports in terms
of accessibility. It is right on I-95 and I-16. It is on both
CSX's and NS's mainlines of the eastern seaboard, and NS's to the west via
There is A LOT going on in Savannah, both past and present, although I give
the past a little edge because of what used to be here, and the railroads
that helped build Savannah to the city and port it is today. Be
prepared to spend a great deal of time in Savannah if you come here for a
vacation, or even a day or two.
Currently, Norfolk Southern CSX, Amtrak, are the railroads serving Savannah.
In the past, you had the Atlantic Coast Line, the Seaboard Air Line, the
Central of Georgia, and the Savannah & Atlanta.
Coming in from the west: I-16 does the honors from Macon GA.
Coming from Atlanta: use I-75 SE out of town to Macon, then use I-16.
I-16 takes you to within 2/3 of a mile from the waterfront and River Street.
River Street is where all of the "action" is in the historic district.
Unfortunately, Savannah is "in the middle" of I-10 and I-20, so there is no
easy way to get from either of them to Savannah - but, at least, I-20 is a
little easier via the above routing via Atlanta.
From south or north along the east coast, I-95 is nearby. Use I-16 to
get into downtown, it's at exit 99.
If you're going to the Amtrak station from I-95 or I-16, go east on I-16
from I-95 and get off at I-516, exit 164. You can go either north or
south on 516. The red route below is shorter, but you don't get to go
thru Alabama Junction, the longer blue route does.
From Wikipedia: The station was constructed in 1962 by the Atlantic Coast
Line RR, with funds channeled through the Georgia Ports Authority,
to the City of Savannah, as part of the re-development requiring the removal
of Savannah Union Station, to facilitate construction of Interstate 16 into
the downtown area. The agreement provides for all tenant roads and/or successor
carriers, use of the facility, in exchange for agreeing to the move. This would
apply to carrier trains, like CSX inspection trains, occasional GrandLuxe tour
trains, and even infrequent visits by the Sam Shortline Specials from Vidalia and Cordele.
Savannah is served by the trains of Amtrak's Silver Service, as well as infrequent
passage/parking of a variety of inspection, business, and excursion tour specials,
and the occasional private car charter. It is the southern terminus of the Palmetto
route and is along the Silver Star route. North of Savannah, the
Palmetto route diverges from the Silver Star line. While the Silver
Star turns inland to serve Columbia SC, and Cary and Raleigh NC, the Palmetto stays closer to the coast to serve Florence and Charleston SC. The
trains do not converge again until Selma NC.
Unlike Savannah Union Station, this station does not require back-up moves, saving
some operational time at the expense of having fewer tracks accessible to passengers. (end Wiki)
I don't know why, but even Amtrak can't get departure and arrival times
right on their own website, as the following screen captures illustrate:
This is the latest version of the Atlantic Coast Services timetable I can
find, I'm not sure when Amtrak discontinued printing them, but they will be
the Amtrak Palmetto
The Palmetto is an Amtrak train with service to New York AND Savannah as the
Here are the stations along the route, and some of the various sights Amtrak
lists, although, the train doesn't stop in Fredericksburg, so scratch that
one off the list.
GPS Coordinates: 32.13143, -81.15802 (center)
Distance: 5.2mi NW
The yard is inaccessible except for the grade crossing on the north end at
Grange Rd, but it still doesn't give you a good shot of much of anything
except for the thru tracks to the right, which goes down to one about midway
thru the yard.
Port Wentworth Junction is a wye, with elongated legs on the north and south sides,
and a double track line coming up from the south that includes a set of
double crossovers. The only place to easily view anything happening is
from Gulfstream Road on the south side of the wye, with the wye to your
north, and the crossovers to your south.
It's almost all inaccessible.....
When my wife and I came through in 1996, the NS River
St Rambler was still going down the waterfront line to service a few
business' in the Ft Jackson area. I believe they used an SW-1500 for
That line has since been torn up from a point just west of the Talmadge bridge.
If I remember correctly, it was also nicknamed "the River Rat".
From Wikiwand: The River Street Streetcar, a heritage streetcar line, served six
stops between Montgomery Street and East Broad Street from 2009 to 2015. The lines
were originally used by horsecars, then streetcars (between 1890 and 1946). The
Norfolk Southern Railway had owned the River Street branch line for years,
operating the River Street Rambler, a local freight train, until 2003. The
City of Savannah purchased the River Street Branch line right-of-way from
Norfolk Southern in 2004 for approximately $600,000. end Wiki
The Savannah & Old Fort RR is a WATCO property. It started
operation in 2019, and is a 6.45 mile long railroad operating between CSX's Southover Yard
and points NE. The route it travels was formerly ACL trackage.
Their map (the 2nd link above), BTW, is an excellent overlay of the United
States, and you can zoom in to almost street level!
GPS Coordinates: 72.07304, -81.10060
The station used to be where I-16 ends (or starts) at MLK Blvd.
The station was designed by architect Frank Pierce Milburn. Savannah
Union Station was completed in 1902 at a cost of $150,000. It was an
example of Spanish Renaissance and Elizabethan styles, the main
feature of which was an octagonal rotunda measuring 80 feet in diameter
that served as the general waiting room. Exterior walls were made of
pressed brick with granite and terracotta trim. The station was
torn down in 1963, a year after the current Amtrak station was completed
by the ACL, to make room for I-16.
GPS Coordinates: 32.07726, -81.10352
West Boundary St and Louisville Road
In looking at the USGS map from 1955, it's difficult to tell how many tracks
this bridge had on it, I'm guessing two... Beautiful bridge! As is the brickwork along the
train shed for the station and the yard, on both sides of Louisville Road.
As of 2021, the port was the fourth busiest seaport in the United States.
Its facilities for oceangoing vessels line both sides of the Savannah River
and are approximately 18 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Since the port
is convenient to the Atlantic Ocean, compared to, say, Baltimore, where
ships have a 5 hour "ride" up the Chesapeake Bay to get to the terminals
once they leave the ocean. The port has nearly 10,000 feet of
contiguous berth space, and is on the Savannah River. There are two
major terminals under the auspices of the Georgia Ports Authority: the
Garden State Terminal and the Ocean Terminal. Interstate highway connections
provide access to major locations across the southeast and Midwest in 24 to
48 hours. According to a recent article in Business in Savannah, the
port is one of the largest employers in the state. The Port of Savannah
creates 350,000 jobs and does over $66 billion in sales every year, which
also contributes significantly to Georgia's economy.
The city’s popularity as a tourist destination was solidified by the
best-selling book and subsequent movie,
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which were set in Savannah.
My wife and I happened to stop in Savannah in 1996 on the way back from Atlanta,
and was surprised by all of these people hovering around the park where they
were filming the movie - they were waiting for a chance to get a glimpse of
The Girl Scouts of America was founded in Savannah in 1912 by Juliette
Gordon Low. Her childhood home now serves as the Girl Scouts’ National
Headquarters and is open for tours.
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