Norfolk Southern Mainline from Atlanta to SC, NC and Petersburg VA
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 770
Access by train/transit:
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.
the heart of norcross.com
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 :-).
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.
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