Western and Atlantic Railroad Company Rules Booklet
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Western and Atlantic Railroad Company Rules Booklet

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Western and Atlantic Railroad Company.
Title: Western and Atlantic Railroad Company Rules Booklet
Dates: 1852
Quantity: 1.0 item
Identification: ahc.MSS18F

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1836, the Georgia State Legislature approved bonds to finance the creation of a rail line to open Georgia to the trade of the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys. Initially called the State Road, the line began in an area of north Georgia that would become Atlanta, and ran 137 miles to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Competed in 1851, it was the first publicly financed railroad in the United States. It was operated by the State of Georgia until 1870, when the Georgia legislature leased the railroad to Western and Atlantic Railroad Company, which had been formed by ex-Governor Joseph E. Brown. The company leased the line until 1890. Subsequent lessees include Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway (1890-1957); Louisville and Nashville Railroad (1957-1983); and Seaboard System Railroad (later named CSX Transportation) which holds the lease at present.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a printed booklet, “Rules for Conductors and Engine-Men of the Western and Atlantic Rail-Road,” published in Atlanta, Georgia in 1852. The booklet has seven sections: 1) Passenger Train Schedules 2) Freight Train Schedules 3) Rules for Passenger Engine-Men 4) Rules for Passenger Conductors 5) Rules for Freight Engine-Men 6) Rules for Freight Conductors and 7) Rules for Lumber Train Conductors. The booklet was probably created as a handbook for employees of Western and Atlantic Railroad, providing them with train schedules and company rules and guidelines.

Index Terms

Western and Atlantic Railroad Company.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Western and Atlantic Railroad Company Rules Booklet, MSS 18F, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Tom Linton, 1984 (1984.162)

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2007


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.