Atlanta-to-Chattanooga Rail Link Unlikely, Mayor Says

May 26, 2015 Todd DeFeo 0

A high-speed rail link between Atlanta and Chattanooga isn’t likely to happen because of a lack of money and political will, Chattanooga’s mayor told a newspaper outlet last week. “Any kind of intercity rail doesn’t happen without large-scale federal investment,” the Chattanooga Times Free Press quoted Mayor Andy Berke as saying. “It’s pretty clear that the federal government is not in a position right now to do large-scale infrastructure investments.” State and federal officials have long discussed building a rail connection between the two cities and have spent millions studying the feasibility of a line, the newspaper reported. “It only works

Historic Georgia Depot Added to ‘Places in Peril’ List

October 27, 2013 Todd DeFeo 0

ATLANTA — The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation last week named an antebellum railroad depot in Northwest Georgia and nine other structures to its annual list of “Places in Peril.” The historic Tunnel Hill railroad depot was built using limestone from nearby Chetogetta Mountain beginning in 1848, the same year work on a nearby 1,477-foot-long tunnel started. Both were built as the state-owned Western & Atlantic Railroad was constructed to connect Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn. For years, the depot was part of a mill that was constructed around the historic building. Overall, the limestone bricks remain in “good condition,” the

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 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

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