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The Milstead Railroad

The Milstead Railroad was built in 1909. It was a 3-mile line from Conyers to Milstead Manufacturing Company textile mill situated on the Yellow River. Even though the plant was later bought out by Callaway Mills, the town continued to be called Milstead.

The 'Dinky' hauled cotton bails to and from Conyers and Milstead from 1909 til 1960. It stopped running about the time the mill closed. It was a 1905 Rogers Steam Locomotive. The Dinky is now on display across the tracks from the Conyers Depot. It is now one of only three left in the world.

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Main, Center, Commercial & Railroad Streets
Conyers, GA 30012
Phone: 770-602-2606
Toll Free: 800-266-9377
Fax: 770-602-2545
I-20, Exit 80

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The Rogers Steam Engine was nick- named the “Dinky” because of its short appearance.


Milstead Railroad engine No. 104, an 0-6-0 steamer built in 1905 by Rogers, is on display near the Conyers depot.


Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. Copyright 2001, Steve Storey.


Milstead Railroad 104


The Dinky routinely started fires along the railroad right of way as it traveled between Milstead and Conyers. An alarm was sounded to call the townspeople together to fight the fires with buckets of water. The Dinky was used to transport cotton ducking from Callaway Mills in Milstead to be off-loaded on train cars at the Conyers Depot.


'My Dad Olin Sr. ran the Dinky. I attended Milstead school under Mr. C. J. Hicks, Mrs. Lackey, Mrs. Sitton. Class mates: Jackie Shaw, Jackie Hanson. Bobby Ford, Jack Byrd and some I have not thought of in 50 yrs. '

~ Dick Ramey July 28, 2004




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