Chattanooga Railroad Series: Chickamauga And Durham Railroad (To Nickajack Road)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The train that went from Chickamauga, Ga., to Durham on Lookout Mountain came through a farm in Chattanooga Valley to a point where it intersected with another railroad. The TAG went from Gadsden, Ala., to Chattanooga. The two lines crossed just east of Chattanooga Valley Road and just south of Nickajack Road.

There is a double set of tracks on the TAG and an old manual railroad switch marking the site.

There once was a depot at the site, which was called Cenchat. 

For many years, an old water tank used by the railroad was nearby. However, it was taken down.

It's possible to see where the Durham train ran along a row of trees and then across a grassy area level with the TAG, and then along a trail to where a number of tractor trailers are now parked.

The line went across Chattanooga Valley Road to where there is a gate to another farm. It then headed for a narrow gap between two hills just beyond the farm.

The line came out on what is now Powder Springs Circle, which is just south of Nickajack Road and which intersects it at two points. Before reaching the road, it comes out of the gap between the hills and goes through where a barn was built over the line.

Powder Springs Circle - except one small section joining Nickajack  - is built where the Chickamauga and Durham Railroad ran. It heads south and then swings around to begin the long climb up the slope of Lookout Mountain.

It goes by McCallie Lake, which is filled by the waters of Powder Springs.

Nearby some of the cuts for the rail bed show evidence of the coal that was the reason for the construction of the line.

The route curves near Cotton Tail Hollow and then ascends above the gushing Powder Springs. The line is far above the springs, which is marked by an old chimney and some remains of stonework.

The now-paved line reached Nickajack Road and went across to what is now a wooded trail headed above Flintstone, Ga., for Lula Lake and Falls.

 



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