CSX Fitzgerald Sub Route
Located in the heart of central Georgia, the Fitzgerald Subdivision is one of CSX's most vital arteries in the Southeast, linking Southern Georgia and Florida to the Midwest, including Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, and St. Louis, to name just a few major locations.
The Fitzgerald subdivision's northern end starts at the busy crew change point of Manchester, Georgia, which is also where the Lineville Subdivision from Birmingham and the Manchester Subdivision from Atlanta both merge into one single track line. The route then heads south, 220 miles, through several central Georgia towns, including Oglethorpe, Cordele, and Fitzgerald, to name just a few, before finally ending at the busy Waycross terminal in South Georgia.
The time period for the Fitzgerald Sub is set in the early 2000s, which was an extremely busy time for the route with multiple coal trains still heading to the Florida power plants as well as the usual freight, intermodal, molting sulfur, phosphate, rock, and autorack trains. This was also a time period where there was less line capacity, which always made for a challenging day for the Fitzgerald Subdivision dispatcher.
THE A723 AT CORDELE, GA HEADING BACK TO WAYCROSS YARD FROM MANCHESTER