Chattanooga Railroad Series: Alton Park Extensions

Thursday, January 30, 2014

(Chattanooga in the 1890s had 10 railway outlets with 66 passenger trains arriving and departing daily. The town was criss-crossed with train tracks, including not only the main lines but the connecting Belt Line. It's not so often today that you get a glimpse of a train in Chattanooga, but many of the old tracks remain. Many Railroad Crossing signs and switches are still in place, but these days receive little or no use).

In the hey-day of the train in Chattanooga, Alton Park was served with, not one, but three rail lines.

The TAG Railway came through from St. Elmo, and there were also extensions from the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad on the west and the Central of Georgia on the east.

The NC&StL branched off at the Cravens Yards just past the curve around Moccasin Bend. The main line of the NC&StL only crossed Chattanooga Creek once, but skirted it several times. But it was necessary to build a trestle across the creek for the Alton Park extension.

A concrete trestle was built across St. Elmo Avenue, but the extension crossed South Broad Street at grade. An insignia of the NC&StL can still be seen on the side of the St. Elmo Avenue trestle.

Once across South Broad, the territory was within the city limits of Alton Park. It remained its own city with a mayor and city government until 1929. Alton Park voters first rejected annexation, but a second vote was in favor by 287 to 187 after it was promised that South Market Street would be extended to the community.  

The single track continued in a straight line just north of 33rd Street, first going across the old streetcar line to Lookout Mountain (later Williams Street). It passed under a concrete overpass at Alton Park Boulevard. A short distance beyond that it went under the line that was constructed after a railroad tunnel was built through the north end of Lookout Mountain.

Past Chandler Avenue, the extension veered toward a crossing of 38th Street at Central Avenue. It went beside Central and crossed Hooker Road (now Workman Road). From there it curved east and joined the Central of Georgia's extension just short of Wilson Road. 

A spur off the NC&StL extension crossed Central Avenue toward the main Alton Park industrial area.

The Central of Georgia constructed its extension near the old Card Lumber Company and Berry Lumber and Stove Company (Brainerd Lumber Company) off of Rossville Boulevard near Walthall Avenue.

It crossed the section of the current Workman Road that then was called Hamill Road and then went across a trestle over Chattanooga Creek.

The Central of Georgia extension crossed Wilson Road and then Central Avenue as it entered the main industrial part of Alton Park.

The Central of Georgia extension to Alton Park is still intact, but most of the tracks on the NC&StL extension have been taken up.

There is still a double set of traffic lights at the NC&StL extension crossing of South Broad Street, but motorists need not worry - there are no tracks on either side.

There are fragments of track past Chandler Avenue, then they are in good shape in the vicinity of the 38th Street crossing and beyond to Workman Road. There is no longer any sign of the tracks that went east to join the Central of Georgia extension near Wilson Road. 


 





Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALTMAN, KENNETH MARCUS     605 AUTUMN HARVEST LANE KODAK, 37764     43     Hamilton County          CONTEMPT OF COURT (NON SUPPORT) BALL, CHRISTINA JEAN     12475 DAYTON PIKE SALE CREEK, 37373     29 ... (click for more)

Sweeney On Trial In Federal Court For Alleged Sexually Explicit Facebook Messages With 13-Year-Old Girl

During the trial of a man accused of having sexually explicit Facebook conversations with a 13-year-old girl, it was revealed he told police, "I don't know any 13-year-old girl," but "a 17-year-old girl I might talk to." The trial is taking place in the courtroom of Federal Judge Sandy Mattice. Randy Sweeney, 49, was arrested after the young girl's mother called police. ... (click for more)

Dirt Decision At Camp Jordan May Come Back To Haunt East Ridge Councilmen

Wow. I thought the arrival of Bass Pro Shop would help bring East Ridge back to a position of prominence in the Chattanooga area, but the Council proved otherwise last night.  To the council - There is a reason that the developers want that dirt: It's valuable . You currently own it and the developer wants it. Bass Pro has already agreed to set up shop. They were going ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I’m Certainly No Expert

Sometime on Monday night, after I had written a piece on getting swatted with a switch as a kid, I got an email from ESPN Canada asking if I would be a televised guest on “Off the Record,” the most watched daily sports show in Canada. The subject: corporal punishment in America. Are you kidding me? I am hardly an expert. All weekend my world of sports and its excitement was warped ... (click for more)

Hixson Claims Top Spot In 6-AA With Win At Central

Hixson and Central entered their volleyball match on Tuesday tied for first place in District 6-AA as both were unbeaten in three matches. The Lady Wildcats have that top spot all to themselves after pinning a 3-1 defeat on the Lady Pounders in a match held at Brown Middle School's Carole Wilson Gymnasium. Hixson won the first set with ease by a score of 25-12 before winning ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Whips Silverdale, 3-0, In 5-A Volleyball

The effects of losing six straight matches – a league loss to Grace Baptist and five in the Tennessee Tandem tournament – were still bothering Silverdale Baptist Academy in a District 5-A volleyball match at Boyd-Buchanan. But not nearly as much as the Lady Bucs’ sterling play. Boyd-Buchanan (23-13, 5-1 District 5-A), which also lost to Grace last Thursday, gained momentum ... (click for more)