MARTA Doraville Station, the last on the line
NS Doraville Yard
NS BOP Yard
Lots of local industrial switching action
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 770/404
Access by train/transit:
There is not THAT much in Doraville for the railfan, all things considered.
But if you have the time, it should be a stop on your tour of Atlanta.
Of interest to the railfan:
There are two Norfolk Southern rail yards, and the last station on MARTA's Gold
Doraville Yard is on the "outside" of the Perimeter, and BOP
Yard is on the inside of the Perimeter, adjacent to the MARTA station.
The Perimeter is Atlanta's version of a "Beltway", if you're familiar with
the highway that goes all the way around Baltimore and DC, or similar to
"Loops" used in Texas.
MARTA is the rapid transit system that covers Atlanta and the surrounding
communities. MARTA stands for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
and was formed in 1965.
Rail service begins at Doraville at 4:45am on weekdays and 5:55am on
weekends and ends around 1am As of March 30, 2020, train frequency is
currently every 20 minutes. Standard MARTA fare is $2.50 with
four free transfers allowed within a three-hour period.
Parking at the Doraville station is free if less than 24 hours. But,
MARTA charges $5.00 for long-term parking at Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Lenox
and Sandy Springs stations, and, $8.00 for every 24-hour period
at College Park, Doraville, Lindbergh and North Springs stations.
Who is Doraville named after? There are several legends that suggest how
the community actually got its name, but the most widely accepted one is
that it was named for Dora Jack, the daughter of a local Southern Railway official.
Doraville Yard has 11 tracks plus the two through tracks on the east side of
the yard. It is on the north side of the Perimeter. I'm making a
guess, but I am going to assume the majority of local switching is performed
out of this yard.
One of the few vantage points where you can get pictures of Doraville Yard
from public property. It's at the north end of the yard.
Doraville is the last station on the Gold line, also known as the Northeast
line. Beyond the station, and going over the Perimeter, the three
tracks continue for about 1,800 feet, making room for off peak parking for
about 30 cars (according to Wikipedia).
This is the yard adjacent to the MARTA Station. This NS railyard was primarily
used to handle traffic for the General Motors plant in Doraville. The plant closed in
2008, but the yard is still used to handle local industrial traffic. BOP stands for
Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac.
NS Doraville Switching Operations
Lots of opportunity to catch NS doing local switching action coming out of Doraville Yard.
GPS Coordinates: 33.90490, -84.27758
They are two separate bridges. The MARTA bridge is to the south, the
NS bridge is to the north.
There are 3 tracks on the MARTA bridge, each track is a stub track, about
1800 feet long, used for off peak storage.
There are three spans, one crosses 7 lanes of the Perimeter, the middle span
6 lanes, and another 5 lanes over Motors Industrial Way.
Shut down in 2008, like many other General Motors locations (like the huge
Chevy plant in Baltimore that is now the site for an Amazon distribution
warehouse), the site is being re-developed. The Norfolk Southern BOP
Yard was named for "Buicks-Oldsmobiles-Pontiacs".
Courtesy of the USGS, click here for their index page.
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