Scenes of Savannah: Georgia State Railroad Museum
The Georgia State Rail Road Museum is a must-see for photographers who love rustic architecture and industrial aesthetics…and a great location for your family, engagement, elopement or wedding photographs!
Just five minutes from several famous downtown Savannah landmarks sits Tricentennial Park and, much to the surprise of many, the largest antebellum railroad repair facility in the world.
The facility known as the Central Georgia Railroad Repair Shops now accommodates the Georgia State Rail Road Museum, and while the museum may not appear in as many “Savannah vacation” slideshows as some of our more well-known landmarks, its is a must for those who enjoy photographing the rustic structures and patinas of our architectural and industrial history.
The museum hosts an impressive collection of rolling stock. Half a dozen or more steam locomotives date back to the late 1800s, and there’s a collection of early- and mid-1900’s diesel engines. Many are on open display in the Roundhouse, with its operational turntable. Just as much fun to photograph are the back-shops, including a blacksmith shop, coach shop, engine house, and more…most have big windows for natural light (all of these images were shot with natural light only, no flash) and lots of interesting tools and machinery on display.
The Central Repair Shops were once part of the Central Rail & Banking Company and were built in the early 1850s. For more than 100 years the site served as a major repair for the Central of Georgia Railway. Its decline began with the introduction of diesel locomotives before closing in 1963.
The Coastal Heritage Society took over management of the site in 1989 and began the extensive renovations that continue today.
If you’re visiting Savannah, or a local Savannahian with a couple of hours on your hands, grab your camera and head over to the Georgia State Rail Road Museum at Tricentennial Park.
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