In General
Getting Here
Fire & Police


In General

Location / Name:
Doraville GA, DeKalb County

What's Here:
MARTA Doraville Station, the last on the line
NS Doraville Yard
Lots of local industrial switching action

GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 770/404
ZIP: 30340

Access by train/transit:
MARTA Subway

The Scoop:

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 line.

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 (Act), 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.

Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
Below, as needed

Getting Here

From Atlanta, head north on I-85 and take I-285 NW at exit 96, getting off at the very first ext for US-23.

Be careful on the exit 96 - it's a doozy.... pay attention where you are going to make sure you're on the right exit/entrance ramp, and some exits are on "entrance" ramps, so again, pay attention.



NS's Doraville Yard

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.

MARTA Doraville Station

GPS Coordinates: 33.90298, -84.28008

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).

photo by Jackie H, 2013

photo by Matt W, 2019


GPS Coordinates: 33.544, -84.1659

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.

Bridges and Tunnels

MARTA over the Perimeter/I-285

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.

NS over the Perimter/I-285

GPS Coordinates: 33.90506, -84.27791

NS over Longmire Way

GPS Coordinates: 33.90814, -84.27355


None that are really easy to access, except for the ones you can see from the north end of Doraville Yard.

Fire and Police

Doraville Police Department

GPS Coordinates: 33.90055, -84.27921

DeKalb County Fire Station #15

GPS Coordinates: 33.88499, -84.30095
2107 Flightway Dr, Chamblee GA 30341
Engine 15, Crash 15, Battalion 1

DeKalb County has 26 fire stations.  This is one of two that are the closest to Doraville.
It has the special apparatus Crash 15, because it is located close to the Peachtree-DeKalb airport.

DeKalb County Fire Station #18

GPS Coordinates: 33.93070, -84.29837
4588 Barclay Dr, Dunwoody GA 30339
Truck 18, Engine 18, Decon 18, First Battalion


Former GM Assembly Plant

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".

Historical USGS Maps

Courtesy of the USGS, click here for their index page.


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