Athens to Tellico Plains
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The remainder of the branch to Athens has now been abandoned and removed. Only the wye in Englewood survives. The bridge piers shown in the picture have also been removed to widen hwy 411. The Athens portion of the branch is to be converted to a trail.
This line hauled wood products out from a connection with the Babcock Lumber Company railroad in Tellico Plains in the early years. Babcock ran log trains pulled by Shay locomotives into forest that is now part of the Cherokee National Forest. Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babcock_Lumber_Company