If you don’t succeed, try again … One community’s “success” with the railroad

Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History 2829 Cherokee St. NW, Kennesaw, GA, United States

This is a members only event for the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. Different communities had wildly different relationships with the railroad. The state-owned Western & Atlantic Railroad shaped many communities in North Georgia, but a community like Clarksville, Tennessee, struggled mightily for decades to attract and build a railroad. While Georgia […]

Tri-State Presents: Northeast Corridor with Todd DeFeo

Virtual Webinar on Zoom! The Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington is perhaps the single most significant stretch of railroad in the country, connecting dozens of cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. The line carries thousands of passengers daily on a mix of long-distance, regional, and commuter trains. Before it emerged as a […]

The Commuter Connection: Before there was no commuter rail, there was commuter rail

Smyrna Public Library 100 Village Green Circle SE, Smyrna, GA, United States

For years, the Atlanta region has discussed expanding its public rail system, so imagine a commuter rail line running between Atlanta and Marietta. Once, there were two: the Western & Atlantic Railroad and the lesser-known Atlanta Northern Railway. For more than four decades, Atlanta Northern interurban cars connected downtown Atlanta and downtown Marietta, helping commuters […]

DeFeo to address the Smyrna Optimist Club

American Legion Post 160 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna

Author Todd DeFeo will talk about the Atlanta Northern Railway, the subject of his latest book, to the Smyrna Optimist Club. The talk, titled “Smyrna’s Streetcar: The Atlanta Northern,” will focus on the former interurban line that ran between Atlanta and Marietta from 1905 to 1947, its impact on local communities and its legacy. DeFeo […]

Cobb County’s Commuter Railroad: The Atlanta Northern Railway (Georgia Archives)

Cobb County’s Commuter Railroad: The Atlanta Northern Railway When people talk about Atlanta, the conversation often shifts to traffic and public transportation. Lost in the conversation about expanding transportation across the Metro Atlanta is the Atlanta Northern Railway, the former interurban line that connected Atlanta and Marietta between 1905 and 1947. A predecessor of Georgia […]