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)