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This Month in Georgia History

June 11, 2012

In an effort to streamline railroad transportation and relink the country following the end of the Civil War, on June 1, 1886 it was declared that all U.S. railroads were to be required to follow the Stephenson Gauge (now referred to as Standard Gauge). Railroads in the north already followed this gauging (4′ 8.5″ between the rails). Prior to this declaration, railroads in Georgia (and some other southern states) were gauged at 5’0″ between the rails.

To learn about railroad history in Savannah and the surrounding lowcountry, be sure to schedule time to visit the Roundhouse Railroad Museum while in Savannah. The Roundhouse is open everyday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The property is available for rent to accommodate your special events, including weddings.

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