Rome Railroad

August 24, 2006 Railfanning.org 0

ROME, Ga. – The Rome Railroad was founded on Dec. 21, 1839, as the Memphis Branch Railroad and Steamboat Company of Georgia. The line’s 20-mile route between Rome, Ga., and Kingston, Ga., was completed in 1849. The following year, the company changed its name to the Rome Railroad Company. “From Rome, cotton and other commodities were shipped down river on the Coosa to Gadsden, Alabama and other points,” reads a historical marker in Kingston. The route was sold to the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway in 1894, which by that time leased the Western & Atlantic Railroad, which passed

MARTA Posts First Profit in Nine Years

ATLANTA — The city’s mass transit system has posted its first operating profit in nine years, it announced today. For fiscal year 2005-06, MARTA finished in the black by $19 million, The Associated Press reported. Officials has expected an $18 million loss. "It’s a very positive picture going into the future," AP quoted Richard McCrillis, MARTA’s interim general manager, as saying. "MARTA has its financial picture together."

A brush with history

June 16, 2006 Todd DeFeo 0

For decades, an aging relic has stood as the icon of this city’s railroad past. Now, thanks to donations from some area businesses, the 76-year-old Gainesville Midland steam engine No. 208 has a new coat of paint.

Decapod, March 20, 2006

March 20, 2006 Todd DeFeo 0

[Video has been removed] Video by Todd DeFeo, (c) 2006 Gainesville Midland No. 208, a decapod, as it appeared on March 20, 2006.    

MARTA Board Approves FY06 Operating and Capital Budget

ATLANTA – The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority today passed a $770.7 million Operating and Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2006, which begins on July 1, 2005. In conjunction with their decision, the Board also passed a new policy requiring that an amount equivalent to 10% of the prior year’s operating budget be maintained in an operating reserve account. "After careful thought and deliberation, this board has passed a budget that is responsible and that will allow us to continue to provide the best possible service to our customers through enhancements to our operations as well

MARTA Opens 33-Acre Rail Facility

ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) celebrated the opening of its largest rail maintenance and storage facility during a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on May 23, 2005. The facility will allow MARTA to maintain and store a recently expanded 338 rail car fleet. The Armour Yard Rail Service Facility, located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Piedmont Road and Interstate 85, will maintain and store over 100 rail cars on 12,000 feet of track. The 33-acre state-of-the-art facility includes a 208,000-square-foot Maintenance and Overhaul Facility, Control Tower, Traction Power Substation, Gap Breaker Building, Train

Side Tracks

March 20, 2005 Todd DeFeo 0

Short-line rail companies continue to carry their weight on routes that otherwise might have been abandoned The train grinds to a halt, and engineer Eddie Pitchford breaks out his cell phone. Two locomotives with coal cars in tow sit idle in a wooded area north of downtown Athens, and the train’s progress rests on the word of an anonymous dispatcher 300 miles away. “Some days we get hung up here,” Pitchford said. The Hartwell Railroad freight train must cross CSX Transportation’s main rail line running between Atlanta and Wilmington, N.C., before it can proceed into downtown Athens. From his cell

Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Awards Grants to Support Atlanta Belt Line Initiative

January 28, 2005 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

ATLANTA — As part of its commitment to preserve green space and improve parks for urban residents, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation today announced it is awarding grants to two organizations involved in making the Atlanta Belt Line – a proposed corridor of transit, parks and trails – a reality. The Belt Line concept, conceived by Georgia Tech graduate student Ryan Gravel in 1999, calls for turning more than 20 miles of old railroad tracks and other land into a linear recreation and transit loop, connecting 46 diverse neighborhoods, as well as city schools, historic and cultural sites, shopping

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