GF&A Railroad Timeline

GF&A Railroad History

1891

The Depot in Sopchoppy, FL was built as part of the Carrabelle, Tallahassee & Georgia Railroad

Panacea Tram Car at the Depot - Sopchoppy, Florida

Panacea Tram Car at the Depot – Sopchoppy, Florida
Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/26213

1895

The Georgia Pine Railway was chartered

1898

First section of tracks were opened between Bainbridge, GA and Damascus, GA

1901

The Georgia Pine Railway was renamed the Georgia, Florida & Alabama Railway (GF&A)

1901-1902

The rail line between Cuthbert, GA and Tallahassee,FL was put into service

1906

The Carrabelle, Tallahassee & Georgia Railroad was acquired and extended the GF&A railroad from the Capital to the Gulf Coast at Carrabelle, FL

1910

Extension to Richland, GA was completed

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/245207

GF&A Railroad employees standing next to a railway cart near Sopchoppy, Florida (1924)  Credit:  State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/245207

1926

Three people were killed when a GF&A train hit their Overland sedan
More information on this accident is available here

Remains of the Overland Sedan

Remains of the Overland Sedan

 1927

The GF&A railroad went up for sale. The ICC approved Seaboard Air Line Railway to refinance, reorganize, and lease the GF&A for 99 years

1936

The Apalachicola National Forest was officially designated as a national forest

1948

The Carrabelle to Tallahassee line was abandoned. Soon afterwards, the Havana to Quincy branch was also abandoned

1948 – 1995

The railbed lay abandoned for 47 years

1995

A Project, Development, and Environment Study was completed by the Florida Department of Transportation for the Gopher, Frog, & Alligator Rail Trail from Tallahassee, FL to Carrabelle, FL

2008

Construction began for the GF&A Trail and trailhead at Trout Pond

Trailhead at Trout Pond

Trailhead at Trout Pond

2009

Grand opening of the GF&A Trail at the Trout Pond Trailhead

GF&A Trail at Trout Pond

GF&A Trail at Trout Pond

2010

The Historic Depot in Sopchoppy, FL was restored by the City

Historic Depot in Sopchoppy, FL

Historic Depot in Sopchoppy, FL