Todd's Railfan Guide to
and the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History


In General

Fire & Police



In General

This page is part of the Atlanta GA railfan guide. 

CSX winds its way through Kennesaw on its way from Atlanta and Chattanooga.  There are a bunch of places around to get great shots of the trains as they rumble through.

The Museum here is one of the better Civil War museums I have been to.  On display is the Civil War steam locomotive the General.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! Contact info is here

MAP 1   - the Atlanta Homepage
MAP 2   - Downtown Atlanta
MAP 3   - NS's Inman yard and CSX's Tilford & Howell Yards - NW of downtown Atlanta
MAP 4   - south of Atlanta
MAP 5   - east of Atlanta
MAP 6   - west of Atlanta
MAP 7   - the Duluth and Norcross area, with the Southeast Railroad Museum
MAP 8   - the Marietta and Elizabeth area - NW outside the Perimeter
MAP 9   - Guide to the Georgia Northeastern RR

MAP 10 - the Kennesaw area and the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

the MARTA Metro System

Note: the aerial photos come from www.bing.com/maps... a great resource if you haven't used it for railfanning!!!


Please note, most small side streets not shown for clarity.
For a PDF of this map, click here


    1      The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

Great Museum, with a whole lot of Civil War history, better than most in Gettysburg!

    I betcha the locals hate it when two trains hit the crossing at Cherokee, as in the right pix.


and places to take pictures from

    1      Stanley Road


    2      Adjacent to Main St in Kennesaw.  This set of signals is for a single crossover.  I parked in the shopping center to the west of the overpass and got pretty good shots, nice spot for train pix too.  The signal pictures are in no particular order.....


























Sign for the lumber yard siding.


Siding not used anymore, going down to Main Street

Hand throw for the unused siding

    3      Kinda near Twelve Oaks Road, but still not really accessible by foot.


    4      Baker Rd, just north of Jiles Road.  Interlocking for the two to one split.


  The overpass at Jiles looks like a good hangout for pictures.

  Not a bad spot for pictures, going over Barrett... from here, you can go east and catch the SB's along N. Cobb Pkwy with ease... you'll be surprised at how long it takes em to get there!

  Grade crossing at White Circle, at the bottom of the map.

    Grade crossing at Mossy Rock... Don't be surprised if people give you a funny look here, the homes look really, really expensive and probably don't understand us.... :-)

  A NB CSX freight at N. Cobb Pkwy... I love how Bing just manages to catch so many trains while flying around.

Fire and Police

    8      Station 8 - Cobb County Fire Department

Located on N Cobb Parkway at 2380, north of Barrett Parkway, more info at: http://fire.cobbcountyga.gov/station-8.htm

    26      Station 26 - Cobb County Fire Department

Located at 3862 Cherokee St, more info at: http://fire.cobbcountyga.gov/station-26.htm

For more info on the location of all of the stations in Cobb County, visit: http://fire.cobbcountyga.gov/station_tour.htm 



There is a Hobbytown hobby shop in the Cobb Place Shopping Center, way behind the DSW, which is right off Barrett. There may be more hobby shops, but I don't get around that much.

If you're a Chinese tool nut, there is a Harbor Freight store at the approximate location on the map, their handtool quality has improved.

If you go wayyyy down Barrett, till it turns into the East-West Connector, and then some, you will eventually come to Austell Road... hang a left, and in the shopping center on your right, you will see the only Home Depot Discount outlet in the U.S...... why here?, you'll have to ask the folks on Paces Ferry Road!  :-)
3999 Austell Rd, Austell, GA 30106, 770-941-9600 ..... If you go there, you will be about 5 miles from a hefty sized intermodel yard off of Westside Road and Garret Road SW in Austell.

One of my favorite sights on the trip along I-85 between Atlanta and Baltimore, in Gaffney SC!


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