|In June and July of 1888, the Central of Georgia consolidated
seven of the railroads it owned or leased into the 400-mile Savannah
& Western. These were the Savannah & Columbus Railway (which
had not built any track, having been incorporated only a month
before the consolidation), the Buena Vista & Ellaville Railway,
the Columbus & Rome Railway, the Columbus & Western Railway,
and three Alabama lines. The result was a main line from Americus
to Birmingham, by way of Columbus.
As part of its plan to connect Americus and Savannah, the Savannah & Western completed and opened 57 miles of track between Meldrim and Lyons in May 1890. This would be the only track built by the S&W; the rest of its system was acquired by purchase or consolidation.
On November 26, 1890, the S&W acquired the Savannah, Griffin,
& North Alabama Railroad, a line which ran from the Central
Railroad at Griffin to Carrollton. The following year, the company
purchased the Chattanooga, Rome & Columbus Railroad, a 140-mile line between Chattanooga and Carrollton.
Not long afterwards, both the S&W and the Central of Georgia entered receivership. In early 1894, the federal courts separated the Chattanooga, Rome & Columbus from the Savannah & Western and returned it to its original owners. (It was reacquired by the Central in 1901.) The Savannah & Western was sold at judicial sale in October, 1895. It was conveyed to the newly reorganized Central of Georgia Railway in December 1895.
The Meldrim-Lyons track was leased to the Georgia & Alabama
Railway in 1896.