In General
Getting Here
Fire & Police


In General

Location / Name:
Norcross GA, Gwinnett County

What's Here:
Norcross Depot
Norfolk Southern Mainline from Atlanta to SC, NC and Petersburg VA

GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 770
ZIP: 30071

Access by train/transit:

The Scoop:

Duluth and Norcross GA sit on the north east side of Atlanta.  The main line going through there is Norfolk Southern, and is the old Southern Railway line.  If we keep going north, we will pass through Spartansburg SC, Charlotte and Raleigh NC (and the historic Spencer Shops), Lynchburg VA, and finally wind up in Manassas VA.  Another route also takes you over to Petersburg and Richmond VA.  Last I heard, there were around 10-15 trains a day, plus Amtrak.

Norcross hosts a former SR depot that is now being used as a restaurant.

Also in Norcross, the tracks are adjacent to Buford Hwy for about 1.5 miles, giving you a pretty clear shot in both directions, but you will have to park on the opposite side and be careful in crossing the road.  The view below is across from Cornerstone Automotive.

Just south of where the road and right-of-way leave each other is a small 11 track yard (the red "X" in the picture above), the north end of which can be viewed from Bankers Industrial Drive.  If you have a good telephoto lens, you can probably get decent pictures of NB freights splitting the signals adjacent to the yard, the signals protect a pair of crossovers.

Just south of Norcross is Doraville, where there is another (bigger) Norfolk Southern yard, and we have the last stop on the MARTA Northeast line.
Just north of Norcross is Duluth, where you have another SR depot, and the Southeast Railroad Museum.

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

Getting Here

The main access to Norcross is I-85, which comes out of Atlanta and heads NE to South Carolina.

I-85 exit #99 for the south end of Norcross, go north at the exit on Jimmy Carter Blvd/140, to Buford Hwy (about 1.6mi).
The tracks are about 800 feet north of Buford Hwy.

The Norcross Depot is about halfway between Jimmy Carter Blvd, and Beaver Ruin Rd, so take your pick depending on which way you are coming from.

Exits #101 and #102 to reach the northern side of Norcross.  Exit 102 is Beaver Ruin Rd/378.  Exit #101 takes you to Beaver Ruin Rd.



the Norcross Depot

GPS Coordinates: 33.94219, -84.21344
40 South Peachtree St, Norcross GA 30071

This former Southern depot is now The Crossing Steakhouse.  From their menu, it looks like they have an American type faire, at pretty reasonable prices, hope I can get there sometime to try it out :-).

Bridges, Overpasses and Tunnels

Over Jimmy carter Blvd / Norcross

GPS Coordinates: 33.93411, -84.22346

Steel beam bridge spans on concrete abutments, 11 beams for each of the two spans, each span goes over two lanes of traffic, with two tracks.


Interlocking Colorlight Signals for Double Crossovers

GPS Coordinates: 33.91737, -84.26058

Difficult to get pictures of without some walking, but if you want to do some walking, you can get fairly good pictures from the Oakcliff Road overpass, which is the overpass in the distance in the screenshot below.

Fire and Police

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services has 31 fire stations to serve and protect you.  There's more on the Duluth page.

Gwinnett County Fire Station #1

GPS Coordinates: 33.94341, -84.21027
165 Lawrenceville Street, Norcross GA 30071
Engine 1, Medic 1

From the Gwinnett County Fire Website

Gwinnett County Fire Station #4

GPS Coordinates: 33.96982, -84.22368
5550 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners GA 30092
Engine 4, Truck 4, Medic 4

From the Gwinnett County Fire Website

Norcross Police Department

GPS Coordinates: 33.94277, -84.21181
65 Lawrenceville St NW, Norcross GA 30071
If you're having lunch at the Crossing Steakhouse, it is a short walk!



None for now....

Historical USGS Maps

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


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