Railfanning Review: A Conversation with MARTA

This week, Atlanta’s MARTA undertook a major project at Canterbury Junction north of Lindbergh Center Station where the Red and Gold Lines converge

Crews ripped out the old tracks and installed new cross-ties, rail and ballast. This project necessitated the closure of the line to trains around the junction.

But this project is part of a larger, ongoing upgrade to the MARTA system. As part of the work, crews will replace track across the system, including rails that were installed as part of MARTA’s original construction.

I recently spoke with Chief of Capital Programs, Planning and Innovation Frank Rucker and Program Manager Robert Murphy about the system work.

Here is what they had to say.


  • Intro: “Waiting on My Train to Come,” recorded live at the Southeastern Railway Museum on Aug. 2, 2020. Written by Todd DeFeo, (c) 2006, 2020 by Todd DeFeo (ASCAP). From “A Guy Walks Into a Train Museum.”

Sound Effects

  • Diesel Horn: Recorded at the Southeastern Railway Museum on Nov. 14, 2020.
  • Steam Train: 1880s Train, recorded Sept. 12, 2020, in Hill City, South Dakota.

Show Notes

  • This conversation has been edited slightly to remove some brief moments of silence and snippets of dialogue for the sake of clarity.

Railfanning Review Podcast

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