Chattahoochee and Gulf Railroad

Chattahoochee and Gulf Railroad
Chattahoochee and Gulf Railroad
Reporting mark CHAT
Locale Southeast Alabama, Southwest Georgia
Dates of operation 2003–2006
Predecessor Norfolk Southern
Successor Chattahoochee Bay
Track gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
Length 24.2 miles (38.9 km)
Headquarters Dothan, Alabama
Chattahoochee Bay Railroad
Reporting mark CHAT
Locale Southeast Alabama, Southwest Georgia
Dates of operation 2006–
Predecessor Chattahoochee and Gulf
Track gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
Length 28.2 miles (45.4 km)
Headquarters Panama City, Florida

The Chattahoochee and Gulf Railroad (reporting mark CHAT) was a short line railroad operating from 2003 to 2006 between Hilton, Georgia and Dothan, Alabama, on former Central of Georgia and Norfolk Southern tracks. Initially the railroad was a subsidiary of Gulf and Ohio Railways. In 2006, the railroad was acquired by Genesee & Wyoming Inc. and combined with the adjacent H and S Railroad out of Dothan to form the Chattahoochee Bay Railroad.[1]

Commodities include chemicals, forest products, food products, and feed, which generates approximately 5,500 annual carloads.[1]


In 1900 the Chattahoochee and Gulf Railroad completed the constructed of a line from Columbia to Lockhart, Alabama. The railroad was leased and operated by the Central of Georgia until the line was abandoned from Lockhart to Hartford in 1940.[2] The remaining line from Hilton, Georgia to Dothan, Alabama later changed hands into the Southern and Norfolk Southern in 1982.[3]

On March 7, 2003 Norfolk Southern sold the line between Hilton and Dothan to the Chattahoochee and Gulf railroad, a Gulf & Ohio subsidiary.[4][5] The railroad connected to another G&O subsidiary, the H and S Railroad, at Dothan.

Another railroad group, Genesee and Wyoming Inc., expanded into the region in 2003 and 2005 with acquisitions of the Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad and Bay Line Railroad respectively. As the Chattahoochee & Gulf connected with both subsidiaries G&W sought to fill the gap and purchased the C&G as well as the H&S in 2006. Both railroads were subsequently merged into a single operation, renamed the Chattahoochee Bay Railroad.[6][7] This gave Genesee & Wyoming a contiguous route from the paper mill at Cedar Springs, Georgia and the ports of Panama City, Florida, allowing for more efficient operation under the unified carrier.[1]

The Chattahoochee Bay railroad totals 28.2 miles (45.4 km) and interchanges with CSX Transportation and the Bay Line Railroad at Dothan, as well as Norfolk Southern and the Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad at Hilton.


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