September/October of 1998                                                                                       Number 28
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Greene County Railroad
Don Hensley

    Greene County RR # 118 with combination car # 100. This old Rogers ten-wheeler (c/n 3508) was built in September of 1884 for the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Ry. # 18, later renumbered to 118. This locomotive was sold to Georgia Car & Locomotive as # 419. This engine was sold to Greene County RR on October 1st, 1919 and was photographed in June of 1925 by the GC&L. The two companies were owned by Forrest Greene.

    The Greene County Railroad enjoyed an unique working relationship with the Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. Both companies were headed by Forrest Greene( who also was involved later on in the Gainesville Midland). The Greene County RR was used as a testing area for GC&L rebuilds, judging by the amount of locomotives supposedly sold to the GCRR but were returned shortly afterwards for resale by GC&L to other companies.

Bostwick RR Official Guide

    The Greene County RR was a shortline connecting Monroe, Ga with the Central of Georgia at Apalachee, Ga, a distance of 18.85 miles. The GCRR interchanged with the Georgia RR and the Gainesville Midland at Monroe.  Originally chartered as the Bostwick Railroad in 1906 by John Bostwick, president, and owning one Forney type locomotive (Rhode Island, ex-SI&E # 378 on 01/05/07, later to GC&L) this road  ran from Apalachee to Bostwick, a distance of six miles.  This road however was not successful being placed in the hands of a receiver, R. L. Mobley, by 1911.

GCRR Official Guide 1927

    The Greene County RR was formed on July 27, 1911 to build a road from Bostwick to Monroe, Ga and to acquire  the road and equipment of the defunct Bostwick RR. Then the company got down to the business of transporting the people and freight of the surrounding country side for the next 30 years. Looking over their income statements from various years, the road normally operated at a deficit for most of these years. The company was funded by stock totaling $100,000 and a 6% percent mortgage of  $94,000 (in which 75,000 of was held by the company) but the owners kept the road afloat with loans until 1941, when the road was abandoned. Why it was abandon is not cleared and unfortunately I don't have the ICC report on this one. In fact revenues were up in 1940, but maybe some unforeseen event happened like the closing of a large customer.

Greene County RR Official Guide 1941

    The following roster of equipment illustrates the amount of locomotives sent to the GCRR, many of them were used only a short time before being resold. The GCRR also purchased from the GC&L seven used boxcars and two used flat cars along with 4 used coaches at various times. Most of these may have been returned to GC&L for resale later on. All equipment repairs were also performed by the GC&L, engines 7 , 252 , 338 and coach # 100 were all repaired by the shops at the GC&l in Atlanta at various times. Officially in documents that I do have, the GCRR only owned one locomotive and one coach, # 100 at any one time. A lot of this equipment may have been used for busy times, then returned when the traffic levels dropped back to normal. Interesting that the Greene County RR never operated in Greene County, its operations were in Walton and Morgan Counties, though Appalachia is a few miles from the Greene County border.

    Here is an example of an Georgia Car & Locomotive product that was sold to the GCRR but was returned and resold to another railroad. Rogers 2-4-4 (c/n3927)  was built in March of 1888 for the New York & Northern# 22, which was taken over by the NY Central & Hudson River in June of 1894 and renumbered to # 1155. The loco was  renumbered twice more, # 1404 in 1899 and # 44 in 1905. To Southern Iron & Equipment # 761, resold to Mitchell Mountain Coal & Iron Co. # 1 on March 5, 1913, which was resold to C. W. Lane & Co. # 27 of Atlanta. GC&L purchased the engine as their # 338, and sold it to Greene County RR # 338 on 11/5/1917. This locomotive was shipped under its own steam as the distance was short. Later returned to GC&L and resold under its old number 338 to the Kaul Lumber Co. # 338 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Nov. 22, 1919.

    Greene County RR # 100, a center door combination car used in the days of segregation of the races. Known as a "Jim Crow " car for the so called "Jim Crow" laws in effect by most of the Southern states during this period. The center area was used as a baggage area.

 Greene County # 500, a box car bought from GC&L

gcrr map

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