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Pullman Yard Atlanta

Built by the Pratt Engineering Company in 1904 and used as a Pullman repair facility between 1922 and 1954, this complex stands between Atlanta and Decatur on the south side of the former Georgia Railroad (now CSX). In the 1990s, it served as the repair shop for the defunct State-operated tourist line New Georgia Railroad and afterwards sat vacant for more than two decades. In 2017 the Georgia Building Authority sold the property to new owners who plan a mixed-use development on the site.


Pullman Yard, Atlanta, 1930 map

Pullman Yard in 1930.

(From: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, City of Atlanta and Vicinity, 1930. Online at Rose Library Historic Map Collection, Emory University.)




Suggested Reading:

Joe Welsh & Bill Howes. Travel by Pullman. St. Paul, MN: MBI Publishing Company, 2007.

Larry Tye. Rising from the Rails; Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 2004.

More Information:

Thomas Wheatley and Jordan Friedman. The Future of Pullman Yard. Creative Loafing, May 9, 2013.

Charles Lawrence. The Pratt-Pullman. Rag & Bone: Historic Built Environments. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

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