Chattanooga & Durham Railroad

Railroad cut through cliffs near Lula Lake on Chattanooga & Durham Railroad

Near Lula Lake the railroad cut through sandstone cliffs. (From: S. W. McCallie, A Preliminary Report on the Coal Deposits of Georgia, Geological Survey of Georgia, 1904).



Successor to the Chickamauga & Durham Railroad Company, which was sold under foreclosure in October of 1894. The Chickamauga & Durham had constructed the 17-mile line from Chickamauga to the coal mines atop Lookout Mountain in 1892.

The railroad's president was James W. English, a former mayor of Atlanta, whose Chattahoochee Brick and other companies profited from the neo-slavery of Georgia's convict lease system. English also owned the Durham Coal & Coke Company which mined the coal carried down the mountain by the railroad.

In 1900 the line was sold to the Chattanooga, Rome & Southern Railroad. A year later the CR&S was acquired by the Central of Georgia, which operated the Durham line for a half-century before abandoning it in 1951.

Maps, Timetables, and Other Information:

1896 timetable (43K)

1897 map (98K)

1901 equipment list (46K)

A coke oven at Chickamauga. The Chattanooga & Durham brought coal from Lookout Mountain to these ovens for conversion to coke. More photos.


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