City honors switch operater for role in Civil War chase

April 13, 2012 Todd DeFeo 0

The north Georgia city of Kingston on Thursday honored a former city resident for his role in the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. Kingston was a turning point in the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862, in part, because station agent/switch operator Uriah Stephens declined to hand over the switch keys to James J. Andrews. Hours earlier, Andrews and a group of Union spies stole The General locomotive from what is now Kennesaw, Ga., while the train stopped for breakfast. Andrews’ goal was to destroy the Western & Atlantic Railroad, a major Confederate road that connected Atlanta and Chattanooga. “In this day

The Andrews Raid: A Timeline of Events

April 12, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

KENNESAW, Ga. – April 12, 1862. It was the one-year anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and the morning passenger train – pulled by the locomotive General – arrived in town. A band of Union spies led by James J. Andrews, the men planned to steal the locomotive and then destroy the Western & Atlantic Railroad, a vital link between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn., in the heart of the Confederacy. The Andrews Raid, also known as The Great Locomotive Chase, ultimately failed. More than an “astounding adventure,” the raid was near genius. Thursday marks the 150th anniversary of

Civil War Medal of Honor Donated to Kennesaw, Georgia, Museum

KENNESAW, Ga. — In a ceremony on Thursday, April 12, an Ohio family will donate a rare Civil War-era Congressional Medal of Honor to Kennesaw’s Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. The Waggoner family of Ohio, descendants of Sgt. John M. Scott, will donate the medal Scott was posthumously awarded for his participation in the April 12, 1862 event that has come to be known as the Great Locomotive Chase. Scott was one of the Andrews’ Raiders, a group of Union spies who stole the locomotive General and headed toward Chattanooga, tearing up track and destroying bridges in

Southern Museum Gearing Up for Great Locomotive Chase Sesquicentennial

February 7, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History is gearing up to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Great Locomotive Chase, one of the Civil War’s most thrilling episodes. At 6 a.m. on April 12, 1862, in what is present day Kennesaw, union spies under the leadership of James J. Andrews stole The General, a Confederate locomotive. The episode – also called the Andrews Raid – is memorialized in film, books and at The Southern Museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate that is home to The General. On April 12, 2012, the city and the museum will hold

Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal in Atlanta moves forward

November 1, 2011 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

ATLANTA — State and city officials this week announced a $12.2 million public-private partnership to move forward with a Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal (MMPT) in downtown Atlanta. “The Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal will help transform how we move around our city and region,” Mayor Kasim Reed said in a news release. “The MMPT will serve as the focal point for many existing and future transit networks. It is an important part of the overall effort to improve and expand public transportation in metropolitan Atlanta, and it will help our region maintain its competitive edge.” The MMPT — which would potentially feature connections

More GE PowerHaul Locomotives Ship to Freightliner Group

December 23, 2010 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

ERIE, Pa. — GE Transportation shipped a second batch of its award-winning PowerHaul Locomotives to customer Freightliner Group Ltd. in the United Kingdom. These five locomotives were manufactured at GE’s plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, and will join the first batch of seven that were placed in revenue service shortly after arrival in the U.K. in November 2009. The locomotives are part of a 30-unit order placed in 2007, the largest in Freightliner Group’s history. The PowerHaul Series represents GE Transportation’s first entry to the UK and European market place, GE said. The PowerHaul Locomotive recently made its international debut at

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