‘Big Shanty, 20 minutes for breakfast’

February 19, 2009 Todd DeFeo 0

The General steam locomotive pulled the morning passenger train, winding its way through the rural Georgia countryside. Shortly before 6 a.m. on a rainy morning, Engineer Jeff Cain blew the locomotive’s whistle to signal that Big Shanty was approaching.

Standing where the raiders once stood

February 13, 2009 Railfanning.org 0

MARIETTA, Ga. – The Kennesaw House is an impressive building, even by today’s standards. But its role in one of the most fascinating events of the Civil War is what makes it truly unique. Built in 1845 as a cotton warehouse, it is one of the oldest buildings in Marietta, and it has witnessed a lot over the years. After serving as a warehouse for some time, the building was converted into the Fletcher House Hotel, and on April 11, 1862, with the Civil War in Full Swing, the Fletcher House unknowingly played host to a group of Union spies

‘The most extraordinary and astounding adventure’

January 24, 2009 Todd DeFeo 0

Trains still roar past the Kennesaw House located between the city square and the railroad tracks a block away. Turn back the clock 145 years to April 12, 1862, and the Kennesaw House was the stepping off point for one of the more intriguing episodes of the Civil War.

Etowah Railroad

December 31, 2006 Railfanning.org 0

Once upon a time, Bartow County, Ga., was an important railroad town. Today, the dozens of CSX trains simply traverse the countryside of this north Georgia county.

Western & Atlantic Railroad

December 31, 2006 Railfanning.org 0

ATLANTA – On Dec. 21, 1836, the Georgia state Legislature authorized the construction of a railroad between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn., forever shaping the state’s history. Surveying for the railroad, which would become the Western & Atlantic Railroad, began in 1837. Construction began in November 1839, and the complete line was opened in 1850. The first train between Atlanta and Marietta, Ga., ran on Dec. 23, 1842. It would be another three years before regular rail service would begin on the stretch of track. The railroad’s southern terminus, Atlanta, was a growing railroad town, which by the mid 19th century

Kingston, Ga., Officials Want Historic Designation for Railroad Wye

November 22, 2006 Todd DeFeo 0

Officials in Kingston, Ga., want a former railroad Wye, the site of a daring Civil War escapade, to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The wye, where the Western & Atlantic and Rome railroads joined, was built in 1849, according to a report in The Daily Tribune News of Cartersville, Ga. The tracks were removed in the 1970s, about the time that the city’s historic train depot also burned, the newspaper reported. Though tracks are no longer in place, the former railroad road bed was not removed. Similarly, the depot’s foundation also remains. On April 12, 1862,

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

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