In General
List of Towns
the Blue Ridge Scenic Rwy


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 - the Georgia Northeastern Railroad
MAP 10 -  the Kennesaw area & the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

the MARTA Metro System

In General

Location / Name:
Marietta GA, Cobb County, to
Blue Ridge GA, Fannin County

What's Here:
the Georgia Northeastern RR
the Blue Ridge Scenic Rwy

GPS Coordinates: as needed
- Phone A/C: 770
- ZIP: 30060
- Phone A/C: 706
- ZIP: 30540
Blue Ridge:
- Phone A/C: 706
- ZIP: 30513

Access by train/transit:
This is a "drive to" destination :-(

The Scoop:

The Georgia Northeastern Railroad is a regional railroad that runs from Marietta (where it interchanges with CSX), northward to Blue Ridge GA.

The tourist part of the railroad runs from Blue Ridge GA north to the border towns of McCaysville GA/Copper Hill TN.  More info below and on their website.

Please note, most small side streets not shown for clarity.


Some history from the railga website:

The Georgia Northeastern dates back to 1987 when CSX ceased its operations on the old Louisville & Nashville line between Marietta and Ellijay. CSX sold the tracks between Marietta and Tate to the new shortline and leased to it the tracks from Tate to Ellijay.

In August 1990, the Georgia Northeastern was sold to Wilds Pierce, an Atlanta businessman and owner of Railcar Management, Inc.

The railroad was originally built in the 1870s and 1880s by the Marietta & North Georgia Railroad as a narrow-gauge line from the Western & Atlantic at Marietta to the North Carolina town of Murphy. Most of the route was converted to standard gauge in 1889-90. (The Blue Ridge-Murphy section was not changed over until late in 1897).

In the mid-1990s, Georgia DOT purchased the line between Whitepath (about 5 miles north of Ellijay) and Blue Ridge, along with the tracks from Blue Ridge to McCaysville/Copperhill and the short branch from Blue Ridge to Mineral Bluff. These were leased to Georgia Northeastern.

DOT also worked with Georgia Northeastern to rehabilitate the tracks between Whitepath and Blue Ridge. These had been inactive and seriously neglected for years.

A particularly notable success was the establishment of a passenger excursion line, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, which began operating over the 13-mile section between Blue Ridge and McCaysville/Copperhill in the spring of 1998. The line follows the west bank of the picturesque Toccoa River, crossing it about a mile before entering McCaysville.

Excursion trains also run to McCaysville/Copperhill from the Tennessee side, thanks to the Copperhill Special route of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. These trains run from Etowah TN -- through the lower Hiwassee River Gorge and over the Hiwassee Loop, two renowned features of the Hook and Eye Line.

None for now.....

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:


North of Canton the railroad follows the Murphy belt, a hundred-mile long geologic feature that cuts through the mountains to Murphy and Andrews, NC.
The belt is S-shaped between Canton and Ellijay but forms a fairly straight line from Ellijay to Andrews.

List of Towns From South to North

Elizabeth (Interchange with CSX)
Holly Springs
(Passes under I-575)
(Passes under I-575)
Ball Ground
Tate (Yard and Loco Servicing)
Talking Rock
East Ellijay
(Enters the Chattahoochee National Forest)
Cherry Log
(Exits the Chattahoochee National Forest)
Blue Ridge (Board the Blue Ridge Scenic Rwy)
Murphy Junction
McCaysville (On Georgia side of the state line)
Copper Hill (On Tennessee side of the state line)


  The Shops and Yard in Elizabeth

GPS Coordinates:  33.973719, -84.557164


Grade crossing at Church St Ext NW, just around the corner from the office.

Grade crossing with Canton Road NE, where it crosses over N Cobb Parkway NE.

Canton Road, where the GNRR crosses I-75.

Grade crossing at Owenby Dr NE, with a cement plant as a back drop.

Siding adjacent to W Oak Dr NE.

Grade crossing at the busy Sandy Plains Rd NE.

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

241 Depot St.
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is about 70 miles north of Marietta.  Just south of Marietta, from I-75, you take I-575 north about 29 miles to 5/515 in Nelson.  Take 5/515 about 24 miles north to Eliijay, there, we hit US76.  Take that another 16 miles north on up to Blue Ridge.

They are open from March through December.  Weekends only till June, then every day except for Wednesdays... check their website for details.

Trips take around 4 hours for the round trip, with a two hour lay-over in McCaysville/Copper Hill to grab lunch, check out the antique stores, or just walk around (1 1/2 hours on Sundays), the actual run time between ends is about an hour.  Check the website for exact times.  Cab rides are available!!!

The Scenic Railway departs from the old depot in downtown Blue Ridge. Your destination is downtown McCaysville GA. Walk across the Blue Line on the street and you're in Copperhill TN! The rail adventure is a 4 hour, 26 mile round trip, with a 2 hour layover to explore, eat, whatever.

It's a 26 mile long round trip, and is without a doubt, some of the prettiest country you'll take a trip through, especially in the fall!

When I get a chance, I will scan some of my slides from a trip I took a few years back.


I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  I do these pages because I love spending my time doing them - although I do a reasonable amount of research to make sure the information presented is accurate! :-)  :-)

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, myindexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, oooooooops, oh well! :-)

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

BTW, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

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! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here.  Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.


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