The Atlanta Belt Line Railway

The right-of-way still had tracks as of 2004. This view is within Atlanta's Piedmont Park. Photo by Don Schoner, April 2004.
The right-of-way still had tracks as of 2004. This view is within Atlanta's Piedmont Park. Photo by Don Schoner, May 2004.
This picture was taken from the east side of Monroe Drive where the Belt Line crosses. Photo by Don Schoner, May 2004.
This picture was taken from the east side of Monroe Drive where the Belt Line crosses. Photo by Don Schoner, May 2004.
This picture was taken from the east side of Monroe Drive where the Belt Line crosses. Photo by Don Schoner, May 2004.

This line, which once encompassed Atlanta proper as a giant loop of railroad, was built in segments by various companies before the turn of the 20th century, with final completion of the line by 1902.

Today, most of the right-of-way is being prepared as a rail-trail around Georgia's capital city, with a promise of a new light-rail line in the future.

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The photos are of the Southern Railway beltline.The Atlanta and West Point beltline went from Oakland Junction to Hulsey yard.

David Buice
Hapeville Ga., GA
3/27/2014