Chattanooga, Rome & Southern Railroad


After the Chattanooga, Rome & Columbus Railroad encountered financial problems as a result of the Panic of 1893, it was sold in 1897 to Simon Borg and Company and reorganized as the Chattanooga, Rome & Southern Railroad. Its tracks ran from Chattanooga to Carrollton, where it met the Central of Georgia. Along the way it passed through Chickamauga, LaFayette, Summerville, Rome, Cedartown, Buchanan, and Bremen.

Poor's Manual of the Railroads for 1898 reported that the CR&S had nine locomotives and 250 cars as follows: passenger, 7; baggage, etc., 3; freight (box, 57; coal, 117; flat, 44; stock, 1), 219: caboose, 6; other, 15.

In 1900 the CR&S purchased the Chattanooga & Durham Railroad, a 17-mile line that ran west from Chickamauga to coal mines atop Lookout Mountain.

On May 16, 1901, the CR&S was sold to the Central of Georgia.

Chattanooga, Rome & Southern Railroad locomotive

Baldwin ten-wheeler built for CR&S around 1898. (From: Record of recent construction. no.11-20 1898-1900. Philadelphia: Baldwin Locomotive Works. Online at HathiTrust Digital Library here.)

Maps and Timetables:

1898 map, Lyerly to Rome (119K)

1898 map, Rome to Cedartown (75K)

1899 timetable (135K) Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey.

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