Kingston to Rome

The Rome Railroad

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(Forwarded from the Memphis Branch Railroad & Steamboat Company of Georgia)

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The site of the former yard at Kingston, GA. Photo by David Booker, April 2004.

This line started out as the Memphis Branch Railroad and Steamboat Company in 1839. A broad gauge line (5 feet between the rails), it ran 20 miles between Rome and Kingston and a connection with the Western and Atlantic Railroad (CSX today). The line was reorganized as the Rome Railroad in 1849, which was purchased by the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad in 1896; the NC&StL abandoned the route in 1943.

See also The Rome and Northern Railroad.

You only can see about a mile of where this track once was coming out of Kingston Ga.

Stan W
Rockmart, GA
4/10/2011

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This route gained fame during the civil war during the andrews raid, aka the great locomotive chase. Evidently, with Chattanooga threatened, most westbound traffic out of atlanta was being routed over this branch, creating a huge bottleneck in Kingston.

On the USGS topo maps, you can trace the right of way along the etowah river to Rome.

Jeffery S Ward Sr
PITTSBURGH, PA
7/10/2011

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I found a site regarding Georgia's historical markers with a picture of a marker noting the existence of the Rome Railroad. The marker I referred to is on that site, but due to my lack of computer savvy, I'm unable to transfer the picture.

Marshall
Rome, GA
6/27/2013

[Thanks for the info Marshall -- just email the picture to me at g@abandonedrails.com and I'll see about posting it.  —Greg Harrison]

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My dad lived out there and fished out there on the Etowah River, he remembers the old railroad that was out of use.no doubt was in the 50's or 60's, trestle bridge he use to fish off of. I was wondering when the rails was taken up, believed to have it's last run in 1943, abandonment after the major highway system was developed, rail travel slowed down. Wondered if any of the rail remains, or any pictures of it. The Rome Broadstreet is gone in Rome. I once pulled up a trestle bridge picture along the Etowah somewhere in Floyd County Ga. Where the rail ran beside the Etowah. I believe they taken most of it up. Hardly anything remains.

Benjl
Taylorsville, GA
4/13/2016

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The Broad Street Depot in Rome was the NC&StL Railroad Depot, my great grandmother use to ride these rails from Cartersville to Kingston to Rome to visit relatives.

Benjl
Taylorsville, GA
4/13/2016

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