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This Day in Georgia History

January 22, 1893

Nancy Hanks Maiden Run

The Central of Georgia passenger train known as the Nancy Hanks made its maiden run. It was named for the trotting horse which had broken the world record several months earlier. Painted all blue with gold trim, the train consisted of a powerful locomotive and four cars. The Nancy Hanks made the Atlanta-Savannah run in just under seven hours – which at the time was considered phenomenal. Its speed, however, caused it to kill many farm animals who strayed on the tracks. The cost of lawsuits led to the end of the Nancy Hanks on Aug. 13, 1893.