Chattanooga Union Railway

Chattanooga Union Railway

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Chartered in 1884 and completed early the following year, the Chattanooga Union was a belt railway connecting all of the railroads that entered the city. Besides transferring rail cars between railroads and factories, it provided passenger service on some of its routes.

In December 1890 the railroad reported rolling stock as follows: locomotive engines, 12; passenger cars, 17; and coal cars, 42.

In 1895 the Chattanooga Union Railway Company was reorganized as the Belt Railway Company of Chattanooga.

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See also Streetcars of the Chattanooga Area

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Suggested reading:

David H. Steinberg, on behalf of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Chattanooga's Transportation Heritage. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2013.

Alan A. Walker, Railroads of Chattanooga. (Images of America series). Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2003.

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Chattanooga Union Railway, 1891 information

From: Official Guide of the Railways, June 1891.

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