Where the Tracks No Longer Run

September 1, 2004 Todd DeFeo 0

ROSWELL, Ga. – Today, not a foot of railroad track lies in this Atlanta suburb. And surrounding communities, such as Dunwoody, offer a similar fate, unless modern-day subway tracks count. But, less than 100 years ago, a narrow-gauge short line railroad once served this community, connecting it to a major thoroughfare between Charlotte and Atlanta. Beginning in 1881, trains operated from Roswell Junction — modern day Chamblee — to just before Roswell, on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The history of the railroad, however, dates back to 1853, when Roswell King, then president of the Roswell Manufacturing Company, envisioned

An ‘Appalling Catastrophe’

February 1, 2004 Todd DeFeo 0

At about 8 p.m. on Sept. 29, 1906, a northbound Louisville & Nashville Railroad passenger train — No. 102 — steamed towards a swing bridge crossing the Cumberland River. Near the overpass, a glowing red light broke the night’s darkness, signaling for an approaching train to stop.

The Crescent’s History

August 31, 2002 Railfanning.org 0

ATLANTA – The Crescent in its modern-day incarnation is rooted deep in southern history. The Crescent traces its heritage back to the 1890s. The Washington & Southwestern Vestibule Limited launched in 1891, running from New York to New Orleans. According to American Heritage Dictionary, a vestibule is “an enclosed area at the end of a passenger car on a railroad train.” That was considered a luxury for passengers to be able to walk between cars all the while protected from the elements. A 1950 edition of Ties magazine stated: “In an important sense, the new Crescent came to us from

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