New Chattanooga Railroad Book Features Train Depots That Survived And Those That Did Not

Monday, September 21, 2015

The new book on Chattanooga area railroads being published by features historic train depots that survived and those that did not.

The old train stations began falling in the early 1970s when passenger service abruptly came to an end.

The major loss in Chattanooga was the destruction of the handsome Union Station that had long stood across from the Read House and the Car Shed behind it that had sheltered injured Civil War soldiers.

Those that survived include the Mission-style depot at Bridgeport and the tall brick station at Stevenson that is in the middle of two busy train lines.

Sweetwater was among those who lost their depot, but the city is taking steps to recreate it.

One of the loveliest old depots in the South is at Mineral Bluff near Blue Ridge along a line to Murphy that was long ago abandoned.

Railroads In and Around Chattanooga is due to be off the presses around the first of October.

The book by publisher John Wilson, with many photos by photographer Wes Schultz, will have 568 pages and 1,546 photos and maps.

It will be in the same softcover, 11 1/2 x 8 format as the book on the Stokes photo collection.

Pre-orders of the new railroad book are now being taken. To reserve a copy of the book that will be mailed to you when it comes off the presses, send $45 (includes tax, postage and handling) to

@John Wilson

129 Walnut St. Unit 416

Chattanooga, Tn., 37403

Make out checks to

Please let us know if you plan to pick up one or more copies in person later. This will help us in determining how many copies to print.

When picked up, the price will be $40, which includes tax.

Please let us know by emailing to Include your name and phone number and the number of copies you want to purchase.

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