Tallulah Gorge Incline Railway

old passenger car used on incline railway

Built as part of Georgia Power Company's Tallulah Falls hydroelectric development of 1911-1914, the 1,200-foot incline railway connects the Tallulah Falls power station at the bottom of the gorge with the rim above. The 6-foot gauge operation carried construction workers and materials on an average slope of 63 percent with an elevation change of 609 feet. It is still in use today for maintenance of the plant.

The railway is not open to the public, but visitors can see a 1915 passenger car (above) that was once used there. The 5.5-ton car, which could carry up to 20 passengers, is on display at the Georgia Power Picnic Area at the end of Tallulah Lodge Rd.

Tallulah Falls power station during construction

The power station at the bottom of the gorge. The railway is on the left.

 


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