List of Towns
the Blue Ridge Scenic Rwy
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MAP 3 - NS's Inman yard and CSX's Tilford & Howell Yards - NW of downtown Atlanta
MAP 4 - south of Atlanta
MAP 5 - east of Atlanta
MAP 6 - west of Atlanta
MAP 7 - the Duluth and Norcross area, with the Southeast Railroad Museum
MAP 8 - the Marietta and Elizabeth area - NW outside the Perimeter
MAP 9 - the Georgia Northeastern Railroad
MAP 10 - the Kennesaw area & the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
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The Georgia Northeastern Railroad is a regional railroad that runs from Marietta (where it interchanges with CSX), northward to Blue Ridge GA.
The tourist part of the railroad runs from Blue Ridge GA north to the border towns of McCaysville GA/Copper Hill TN. More info below and on their website.
Please note, most small side streets not shown for clarity.
Some history (came from here):
The Georgia Northeastern dates back to 1987 when CSX ceased its operations on the old Louisville & Nashville line between Marietta and Ellijay. CSX sold the tracks between Marietta and Tate to the new shortline and leased to it the tracks from Tate to Ellijay.
In August 1990, the Georgia Northeastern was sold to Wilds Pierce, an Atlanta businessman and owner of Railcar Management, Inc.
The railroad was originally built in the 1870s and 1880s by the Marietta & North Georgia Railroad as a narrow-gauge line from the Western & Atlantic at Marietta to the North Carolina town of Murphy. Most of the route was converted to standard gauge in 1889-90. (The Blue Ridge-Murphy section was not changed over until late in 1897).
In the mid-1990s, Georgia DOT purchased the line between Whitepath (about 5 miles north of Ellijay) and Blue Ridge, along with the tracks from Blue Ridge to McCaysville/Copperhill and the short branch from Blue Ridge to Mineral Bluff. These were leased to Georgia Northeastern.
DOT also worked with Georgia Northeastern to rehabilitate the tracks between
Whitepath and Blue Ridge. These had been inactive and seriously neglected for
A particularly notable success was the establishment of a passenger excursion line, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, which began operating over the 13-mile section between Blue Ridge and McCaysville/Copperhill in the spring of 1998. The line follows the west bank of the picturesque Toccoa River, crossing it about a mile before entering McCaysville.
North of Canton the railroad follows the Murphy belt, a hundred-mile long geologic feature that cuts through the mountains to Murphy and Andrews, NC.
The belt is S-shaped between Canton and Ellijay but forms a fairly straight line from Ellijay to Andrews.
List of Towns From South to North
Elizabeth (Interchange with CSX)
(Passes under I-575)
(Passes under I-575)
Tate (Yard and Loco Servicing)
(Enters the Chattahoochee National Forest)
(Exits the Chattahoochee National Forest)
Blue Ridge (Board the Blue Ridge Scenic Rwy)
McCaysville (On Georgia side of the state line)
Copper Hill (On Tennessee side of the state line)
Grade crossing at Church St Ext NW, just around the corner from the office.
Grade crossing with Canton Road NE, where it crosses over N Cobb Parkway NE.
Canton Road, where the GNRR crosses I-75.
Grade crossing at Owenby Dr NE, with a cement plant as a back drop.
Siding adjacent to W Oak Dr NE.
Grade crossing at the busy Sandy Plains Rd NE.
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
241 Depot St.
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is about 60 miles north of Marietta, up I-575, then 5/515 up to Blue Ridge. We're joined in Ellijay by US76.
They are open from March through December. Weekends only till June, then every day except for Wednesdays... check their website for details.
Trips take around 4 hours for the round trip, with a two hour lay-over in McCaysville/Copper Hill to grab lunch, check out the antique stores, or just walk around (1 1/2 hours on Sundays), the actual run time between ends is about an hour. Check the website for exact times. Cab rides are available!!!
It's a 26 mile long round trip, and is without a doubt, some of the prettiest country you'll take a trip through, especially in the fall!
When I get a chance, I will scan some of my slides from a trip I took a few years back.
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Last Modified 30-Jan-2017