Depot Doings: Bridgeport, AL / Blue Ridge, GA / Chatsworth, GA / Murphy, NC / Decherd, TN / Tullahoma, TN

Featured L&N Railway depots for this October post include various locations in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee:

  • L&N Depot – Bridgeport, AL – 1980
  • L&N Depot – Blue Ridge, GA – 1981
  • L&N Depot – Chatsworth, GA – 1980
  • L&N Depot – Murphy, NC – 1978
  • L&N Depot – Decherd, TN – 1978
  • L&N Depot – Tullahoma, TN – 1978

All photos courtesy of Tom Rock.


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Canadian Corner: Canadian National Railway Steam Locomotives

Featured subjects this month are Canadian National Railway steam locomotives in various Ontario locations:

  • CNR #3490 at Bayview Junction – Hamilton, ON
  • CNR #5701 – Kitchener, ON
  • CNR #5704 – London, ON
  • CNR #7216 – Stratford, ON
  • CNR Spadina Street Roundhouse & Yards – Toronto, ON
  • CNR Bathurst Street Yards – Toronto, ON

All photos courtesy of Mr. Walter Taylor.


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New Haven Railroad Steam Feature for October 2018

Featured New Haven Railroad steam subjects for this October post include various locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York:

  • NH #1388 – South Boston, MA – 4/27/52
  • NH #1402 – Unknown Location & Date
  • NH #2339 – New Haven, CT – 8/47
  • NH #3210 – Woodridge, NY – 7/5/47
  • NH #3240 – Danbury, CT – 3/25/32
  • NH #3555 – Boston, MA – 6/50

All photos courtesy of www.rr-fallenflags.org.


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Canadian Corner: Canadian National Railway Steam Locomotives

Featured subjects on this month’s post are Canadian National Railway steam locomotives in various Ontario locations:

  • CNR #1541 – Hagersville, ON – 8/11/57
  • CNR #2627 – Niagara Falls, ON – 8/31/58
  • CNR #3480 – Niagara Falls, ON – 8/15/58
  • CNR #6304 – Caledonia, ON – 8/10/57
  • CNR #6214 – Spadina Roundhouse, Toronto, ON – 8/30/58
  • CNR #6233 & #5296 – Spadina Roundhouse, Toronto, ON – 9/15/58

All photos courtesy of Mr. Ron Wright at www.rwrightrr.com.


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Riding the Lackawanna…

Video courtesy of Speed Graphic Film and Video via YouTube.

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Pennsylvania Railroad Steam Feature for September 2018

Featured Pennsylvania Railroad steam subjects for this September post include various locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania:

  • PRR #447 – Camden, NJ – 11/7/53
  • PRR #1820 – Trenton, NJ – 11/7/53
  • PRR #3807 – Bay Head Junction, NJ – 2/22/54
  • PRR #4262 – East Altoona, PA – 9/16/55
  • PRR #4317 – Enola, PA – 3/25/56
  • PRR #4678 – East Altoona, PA – 9/16/55
  • PRR #5720 – Tuckahoe Junction, NJ – 8/21/55
  • PRR #6432 – East Altoona, PA – 9/16/55

All photos courtesy of Mr. John Dziobko, Jr., GodFatherRails.com.


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Chattanooga Choo-Choo History

TERMINAL STATION – CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

A challenge went out in 1900 by the architectural students at Beaux Arts Institute in Paris, France.  The students offered themselves a prize for the best plans which could be drawn up for a railroad station that would suit the needs of a large city.  The winner of the prize was Mr. Don Barber, an American from New York City.

In 1904, when the president of the Southern Railway decided to build a new passenger terminal in Chattanooga, one architect who offered an entry was none other than the same Mr. Barber.  When Southern Railway’s president saw Barber’s design, he was very much impressed.  He said he felt the exterior plans were perfect but asked Barber if he could possibly alter the interior design.  Upon this request, the Grand Dome was created.  It is completely free standing and rests on four major steel supports 75 feet apart.  The dome’s underside, which covered the 68 by 82 foot general waiting room, was decorated in artistic plaster embellishments of heraldic emblems.  For those nocturnal passengers who would frequent this 24 hour station, illumination was provided by four ornate brass chandeliers, each containing 40 lights and each centered by an 18-inch opal globe.  When these lights were on, the dome was truly lavish in its different prismatic colors.

On a bitterly cold winter morning, December 1, 1909, a crowd of several hundred gathered in the 1400 block of Market Street for the dedication of Chattanooga’s Terminal Station.  After serving Chattanooga for 61 years, the Southern Railway closed the building August 11, 1970.  It was purchased, restored, and reopened to the public in April 1973 and entered on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Dept. of Interior on January 25, 1974.

On March 5, 1880, the first passenger train connecting the north with the south traveled from Cincinnati, Ohio south to Chattanooga, Tennessee on the first municipal railroad, the Cincinnati Southern Line.  A reporter dubbed the train the “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” and Big Band leader Glenn Miller and the Modernaires immortalized this legendary train in song May 7, 1941.

When the Southern Railway closed this magnificent architectural icon on August 11, 1970, a piece of Chattanooga was forever lost.  Thankfully, it was spared the wrecking ball as so many others were not as fortunate.  These following photos surely tell a story of a more pristine time–a time when traveling by rail was so much more relaxing compared to today.  Hopefully, these photos will stir many a long lost memory.

Photo Credit: Copyright 2009, Justin W. Strickland, “Images of Rail – Chattanooga’s Terminal Station.”

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