Pictures of the branch to Roanoke, AL : LUSENET : Central of Georgia Railway Historical Soc : One Thread

I have a friend who grew up on the Central of Georgia branch running from Opelika (Roanoke Jct), AL to Roanoke, AL. He is trying to find pictures along the line. He has reprints of the last few runs of the segment north of Lafayette, AL and is willing to trade for the same. He is trying to build several HO dioramas and possibly a layout. Any information or pictures would be greatly appreciated.

Ray Stephens Stroud, AL

c/o Hank Stephens Lanett, AL

-- hank stephens (, April 30, 1999


Today is 01-22-04.. Yesterday 01-21-04 was consumation date for abandonment proceedings as filed by Richard G. Abernathy for the Pine Belt Southern Railroad LaFayette Division ( aka Roanoke District of the Central of Georgia Railway ). However my associate and I have made contact with A&K Materials ( the salvage company ) and have a proposal in with them about their considering to keep rail intact and have it operating as a shortline rather than ripping it up. We are hoping that with A&K's help that freight service just might be reinstated on this line. It could mean more sales for their materials when rehabillitation starts. Hopefully I will be able to post additional information concerning the preservation of the Roanoke District( or rather what's left of it ) on Dale Burns Alrails site and on SErails site. Glenn K. Marsh Opelika, Alabama

-- Glenn K. Marsh (, January 22, 2004.

The depot that was in Stroud, AL. just South of Roanoke is here in Alexander City where I live. It is in the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex and is very accessable to the public. There is also a old CofG copula caboose next to it. I have a picture of the depot on my web site, Dale's Alabama Rail Pics. The URL for my Depots Page is as follows: Copy and paste it and take a look.

-- Dale E. Burns (, November 29, 2001.

i was raised up in LaFayette alabama nd rode withthe johnny ray crew during the switching operations around La Fayette and rode from LaFayett to Roanoke many times.. I how ever have no photos north of LaFayette.. when i moved back to Opelika in 92 i started taking photoes of movements between Opelika and LaFayette... i even walked the line from East Ala. Lumber Co. to Mt Jefferson and have quite a number of pictures at Moore's Cut,, Boyds Tank and Danway including most of the trestles...But there is sad news from that line... it seems Dick Abernathy has run the line into the ground... Langley wood yard is empty now and East Ala. Lumber has been bought by Dudley Lumber Co. and trucks are now hauling the chips out.. Looks Like all of Roanoke District will now be abandoned and ripped up...

-- Glenn K. Marsh (, October 09, 2001.

By the time I got to Roanoke not much was left or going on with CofG - I have a photo of the depot, the branch being torn up just south of town, and the old cotton mill that both CofG and ACL served, for what those are worth. Pardon me for piggybacking onto this question, but my interest is in ACL photos in Roanoke, 1960s and earlier, showing trains, trackside buildings, the depot area, etc., just in case someone out there was shooting both CofG and ACL "back in the days." Thanks.

-- Larry Goolsby (, May 06, 1999.

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