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Western and Atlantic Railroad Company rules booklet

Identifier: ahc.MSS18f

Scope and Contents of the Records

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.


  • 1852


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


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Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1984

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2007
Western and Atlantic Railroad Company rules booklet
Paul Crater
June 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305