RailGA.com was the most comprehensive site on the net for information about railroads in Georgia, until a couple of months ago when it just mysteriously went down.
Fortunately most of the pages were archived by the Wayback Machine.
Here I reproduce information from the Norfolk Southern and CSX timetables. I have many times wished I had this to pull up on my iphone in a form other than the bulky PDFs this data is from.
Stations marked “not in timetable” represent signals that trains have been observed to call out (“Clear Doraville, NS 203 southbound”) over the scanner. NS generally does not list intermediate signals (between control points) in their timetables, but they may be shown on their track diagrams. Not sure about CSX.
Text in italics is additional commentary, not from timetable.
First, a “British subway map” of these lines. Obviously not to scale.
|671.6||HBD-DED (Villa Rica)|
|699.9||GA/AL State Line|
|735||ANNISTON (Amtrak station)|
|762.9||HBD-DED (Pell City)|
|771.6||HBD-DED (Cook Springs)|
|790.7||NORRIS JUNCTION (Norris Yard)|
|798.2||27TH STREET (Birmingham)|
|240.0 A||DeButts Yard (Chattanooga)|
|238.2 A||CITICO JCT.|
|230.6 A||HBD-DED (Summit)|
|226.6 A/15.2 H||OOLTEWAH|
|18.1 H||HBD-DED (Collegedale)|
|23.6 H||GA/TN State Line|
|25.0 H||HBD-DED (Cohutta)|
|36.2 H||HBD-DED-HWD (Waring)|
|39.9 H||N. DALTON|
|45.1 H||HBD-DED (Phelps)|
|55.3 H||SUGAR VALLEY|
|66.2 H||HBD-DED (Plainville)|
|77.0 H||Forrestville Yard|
|85.4 H||HBD-DED (Silvercreek)|
|95.2 H||HBD-DED (Seney)|
|105.7 H||HBD-DED (Finch)|
|118.2 H||HBD-DED-HWD (Dallas)|
|128.2 H||HBD-DED (Powder Springs)|
|132.8 H||Whitaker Yard|
|132.9 H||HBD-DED (Whitaker Yard)|
East End district connects here.
|140.7 H||HBD-DED (Nickajack)|
Visible from Buckner Rd.
|BRIDGE (not in timetable)
Accessible via Parrot Avenue.
|146.8 H||NORTH INMAN|
|148.0 H||Inman Yard|
Can be seen from Marietta Blvd overpass.
Behind Bim’s Liquor store/King Plow parking lot. See blog entry.
|150.1 H||KING PLOW
Visible from Marietta Street overpass / parking lot at end of 10th street.
|JEFFERSON STREET (not in timetable)
Street dead-ends at tracks. Frequent crew-change point. Stopped trains visible from Marietta St bridge.
|GRINELL (not in timetable)
Between Northside Drive bridge and North Avenue tunnel.
Visible from Mitchell, Nelson, Peters Streets. See blog entry.
|153.?||CIRCLE (not in timetable)
Very new signal sign just south of Peters St.
Across McDaniel Street from South Yard
|154.6 H||SOUTH YARD
Nearly-abandoned yard on McDaniel St, home to Pegram Shops and the Walking Dead’s “Terminus”.
University Ave/Hank Aaron Drive
Fayetteville Rd. and Old Constitution Rd.
|162.5 H||NORTH CONLEY
Moreland Ave (US 23) and E. Conley Rd.
|165.7 H||HBD-DED (Ellenwood)|
|173.7 H||TUNIS (Flippen)|
|187.4 H||HBD-DED-HWD (Locust Grove)|
|198.0 H||HBD-DED (Jackson)|
|208.0 H||HBD-DED (Cork)|
|222.5 H||HBD-DED (Dames Ferry)|
|239.1 H||NORTH MACON|
|240.5 H||MACON JCT.|
|242.0 H||BROSNAN YARD|
Ex-Central of Georgia. Shared with CSX to East Point.
|S 291.5||OAKLAND JCT.
Murphy Ave, near the Cut Rate Box Company building. Old A&WP belt line connects here.
|S 288.8||INDUSTRY YARD
Most of yard can be seen from Harold Sheets Pkwy.
|S 288.2||EAST POINT
Near pedestrian bridge and MARTA. CSX leaves onto its own tracks.
Sylvan Rd. crossing.
|S 283.7||MOUNTAIN VIEW
Along Old Dixie Hwy. between I-75 and I-285.
|S 282.2||FOREST PARK
Main St. and Hale Rd, at south end of yard.
Along Metcalf Rd. in Lake City.
|S 274.7||HBD (North Jonesboro)|
|S 206.1||HBD-DED (Bolingbrooke)|
|H 197.0||RUTLAND JCT.|
|484.1||Greenville (Amtrak station)|
|547.3||TOCCOA (Amtrak station)|
|572.5?||Downtown Lula. Branch line to Athens connects to main line.|
North of White Sulpur Rd. crossing.
|584.6||Gainesville (Amtrak station)|
Junction with CSX Gainesville Midland sub
Near HF Reed Industrial Park Conn. bridge.
Near Flowery Branch
Downtown Buford near Train Master model train store
Between North and South Berkley Lake Roads.
North-facing visible from Rowan Street / Stephens Rd crossing (near RockTenn).
Visible from Oakcliff Rd. bridge and from Bankers Industrial Dr.
|622.7 (?)||DORAVILLE (not in timetable)
Next to gravel truck parking lot on New Peachtree Rd, across from Marathon fuel terminal.
Next to Peachtree St in downtown Chamblee
Near Redding Rd
Near Piedmont Rd.
|633.3||ATLANTA (Amtrak station)|
|MECASLIN ST (not in timetable)
Grade crossing behind Atlantic Station Target, road is only access to Narjoe Lumber Co.
Visible from Westside Provisions District, and from end of Foster Street by Goat Farm arts center.
|148.0 H||INMAN YARD|
Work in progress… CSX timetable not as easy to cut and paste from as NS!
|WA 22.4||N ELIZABETH|
GNRR/Patriot Rail connection.
|WA 21.2||SE EAST SIDING|
|WA 20.4||MARIETTA DEPOT|
|WA 19.5||BUTLER STREET|
|WA 15.0||SMYRNA DEPOT|
|WA 11.2||VININGS (HB-DED)|
|WA 7.5||JAC MAC LEAD|
Near Marietta Street bridge.
|TOP OF SLIDE
Visible from Marietta Blvd bridge.
Behind Bim’s Liquor store/King Plow parking lot.
Street ends in parking lot at the tracks.
The original name of Ivan Allen Jr Blvd.
Where Fairlie Street dead-ends into a pay parking lot. This is the “zero milepost”, although the actual historic milepost marker is slightly to the east, in an underground building.
This is where Inman Park Belt (chart D) branches off.
|DTC BLOCK SIGN|
|NE STONE MOUNTAIN|
|DTC BLOCK SIGN|
|SE STONE MOUNTAIN|
|SG 559.0||TUCKER HOLDOUT|
|SG 563.5||SE TUCKER|
|SG 567.5||BELT JUNCTION
Where the Inman Park belt joins (chart E).
|SG 567.9||NE EMORY|
|SG 568.8||SE EMORY|
|SG 570.9||LENOX RD|
|SG 574.0||EAST SWITCH|
|SG 574.7||EAST WYE|
|SG 575.0||HOWELLS YARD
Old SAL to Birmingham begins here.
|SG 575.1||SOUTH WYE|
|SG 575.3||HUFF ROAD|
|TO TOP OF SLIDE, HOWELL TOWER|
|WA 4.9/ANB 865.0||TILFORD|
|WA 4.7||PINE STREET|
|ANB 864.8||SOUTH TILFORD|
|NORTH TUNNEL (UNDER CHART A)|
|SOUTH TUNNEL (UNDER NS)|
|ANB 862.8||BELLWOOD LEAD
Near intersection of Jefferson St. and Marietta Blvd. Goes to Bellwood yard.
|ANB 862.4||SOUTH BELLWOOD
South of Joseph E. Boone, towards Andrews St.
|ANB 861.8||CHAPPELL ROAD|
Where the tracks are running alongside I-20.
Along MLK blvd.
|ANB 855.6||FULCO JUNCTION
Near Cascade Rd.
|ANB 853.9||NE BEN HILL
Between Melvin Dr. and Campbelton Rd.
|ANB 853.7||BEN HILL|
|ANB 852.8||SE BEN HILL
Along Daniel Rd.
Near S. Fulton Pkwy
|ANB 846.9 ???||tunnel under A&WP tracks|
|ANB 845.0||NE UNION CITY|
MP 844 is next to the park in downtown Union City.
|ANB 843.7||SE UNION CITY|
Nestle/Purina dog food factory.
|ANB 835.6||NE TYRONE|
|ANB 834.8||SE TYRONE|
|ANB 833.0||ROCK SPUR|
|ANB 828.1||NE PEACHTREE CITY|
|ANB 826.9||SE PEACHTREE CITY|
Shared with NS from Spring to East Point.
|WA 1.0||JONES AVENUE|
|S 294.3||SPRING (NS)|
|S 293.8||PETERS ST (NS)|
|S 291.5||OAKLAND JCT (NS)|
|XXC 5.2||A&WP BELT LINE|
|S 290.0||TILLMAN (NS)|
|S 288.8||INDUSTRY YARD (NS)|
|XXB 6.4/S 228.2||EAST POINT|
|XXB 8.4||COLLEGE PK DEPOT|
|XXB 9.3||NE COLLEGE PK STORAGE|
|XXB 10.0||COLLEGE PK|
|XXB 10.8||SE COLLEGE PK STORAGE|
|XXB 12.4||NE RED OAK|
|XXB 13.4||RED OAK|
|XXB 15.5||SE RED OAK|
|SGB 567.1||BELT JUNCTION|
|SGB 569.6||EAST LAKE DRIVE|
Picking up where the last one left off, this gets you out of the burbs and into the woods. At the northern end, it gets you into the mountains, even.
The route through Gainesville is rather arbitrary and I’m not sure how close it follows the divide.
You are pretty much running parallel to US 23 (when you are not actually on US 23) all the way.
The early parts of this route are very close to Lake Lanier.
From Lula through Mt. Airy, you are running directly beside the Norfolk Southern main line.
I have only been as far north on this route as Alto, so I can’t really say what the remainder of it looks like.
The end point here looks to be about as far as you can follow the ECD on public roads. From here, the ECD turns westward and generally forms the Habersham/Rabun county border until meeting the Tennessee Valley Divide at Young Lick. I don’t see any roads that directly follow this ridge, not even dirt Forest Service roads. From Young Lick, the ECD continues north on the Appalachian Trail. At that point, following the divide becomes more of a matter of hiking than driving.
Start on Aviation Blvd, continue east from last time
Right on GA 60
Left on West Ridge Rd
Right on Athens St
Left on East Ridge Rd
Left on Old Cornelia Highway
Right on US 129
Left on White Sulphur Rd
Left to stay on White Sulphur Rd
Left on Cagle Rd
Right on GA 52
Sharp left on GA 51
Continue onto Main Street (Lula)
Continue onto Gainsville Highway
Continue onto Old Cornelia Highway
Continue onto Willingham Ave
Continue onto Main Street (Cornelia)
Right on Highland Ave
Left to stay on Highland Ave
Continue on Chenocetha Dr
Right on Wyly St
Continue on Dicks Hill Pkwy
Left on Rock Rd
Left on Antioch Church Rd
Right on US 23/US 441
Right on John Wood Rd
Left on Tom Born Rd
Right on Old Historic US 441
Left on The Orchard Rd
Right on Bear Gap Rd
Picking up where the previous route through Atlanta ended, this follows the ECD (within the limits of road placement) through the northeastern metro area. To be honest this is a rather boring drive through the suburbs. You can skip to the next post to pick it up where things get mildly interesting again.
The earlier part has some shenanigans with Old Peachtree Road, leaving it without turning and turning to stay on it at different points.
The segment on GA 20 is an area where no road follows the ECD. If you look close at a topo map you’ll see this section crosses a creek, not something you’ll see when following a ridge line.
The segment on GA 124 passes the site of Ft. Daniel, one of the original endpoints of the trail that became Peachtree Road.
The GA 13 portion mostly runs closely parallel to I-985.
Gainesville’s airport is an arbitrary stopping point dictated mainly by limitations on the number of route modifications that Google Maps allows you to make.
(Aside: notice how close the divide is to Lake Lanier? The western edge of Lake Lanier’s drainage basin is also visible on this map, over near GA highway 9. The lake is really not very far at all from the boundaries of the area drained by it.)
Start at Old Peachtree Rd and I-985, go east
Left on Northbrook Pkwy
Continue on Old Peachtree Rd
Continue on Horizon Dr
Left on Old Peachtree Rd (yes, again)
Left on Rock Springs Rd
Right on GA 20
Left on Old Peachtree Rd
Left on GA 124/Braselton Hwy
Left on Hamilton Mill Rd
Right on Ridge Rd
Continue onto Hog Moutain Rd
Right on GA 13
Right on Industrial Blvd
Right on Aviation Blvd
Sometimes I use Ronald Reagan Blvd as an alternate to GA 400 between exits 11 and 12. This road goes through mostly vaporware developments – planned subdivisions, some of which don’t seem to have even started construction, others seem to have had some grading and nothing else. Lots of places where they put it in a turn off of the main road but it just dead-ends into a field. That sort of thing. This is literally where the streets have no name.
Recently I noticed, off to the west side of the road, what appeared to be a graveyard on a hill overlooking a construction zone. I decided to try to find it.
Now, on the map, it looks like you can get there via Union Hill Road:
But, where I drew that red line across the road, that’s where you find this gate:
So, clearly I’m not driving there. It was a nice day for a walk, though. You can of see some traces (as in the next photo, on the right path) that this road was once paved, but the pavement is very much going back to nature. Maybe it will someday again be paved. I hope not.
At the end of the road is another gate. This one has a “no trespassing” sign but the sign is facing the other way from where I came. I don’t know who they are trying to keep out from that direction.
Beyond the gate is the cemetery:
Most of the graves seem to belong to a James family, and on the topographical USGS map this is in fact marked as “James Cem”. The most recent date I saw was 1978, but they are mostly 19th century dates. Confederate flags are planted next to several that are Civil War era.
This graveyard clearly is still maintained, someone cuts the grass here and those flags look pretty new.
After this, I decided as a bonus to explore some nearby old houses back on the road.
This is all that’s visible from the street, and really gives no clue:
The inside of this building has some graffiti, but even that is dated from 2001!
Dig this chair!
The adjacent buildings here are nothing but frame. Only a little bit of siding remains, someone has removed the rest of it.
Now all the remains is the “bones”, facing out over the empty field.
All those new neighborhoods being built nearby, some of those people in those houses must have kids. I hope those kids run around unsupervised in these fields and these woods and ruins, trespassing and risking injury. One can dream.
“Never go in there again!” – a longtime Newnan resident after being shown these pictures and recognizing the location.
This old place looks to be some kind of workshop. I did not mess around it other than peek in the window.
I’m guessing this was a pump house. Looks about the size of the pump house at my Nana’s old place anyway.
All this stuff is right by the NS railroad but I didn’t see any trains.
This structure whatever it was, has no roof is just stone walls now.
And this is what it was “guarding”. A partially collapsed warehouse full of random shit.