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By Robert Jones

The ambitiously named Western and Atlantic Railroad ceased to exist in 1890, and at its height commanded a first-rate line in basic terms 137-miles lengthy. but at the present time, it really is nonetheless essentially the most simply recognizable names within the background of yankee railroading. Why? The W&A performed a big function in of the main recognized incidents within the Civil struggle, together with the Andrews Raid (a.k.a. nice Locomotive Chase) in 1862, and Sherman's Atlanta crusade (1864), the place it served because the Union offer line. This booklet will learn the short yet major lifetime of this well-known railroad, in addition to the heritage of its most renowned locomotive - the "General". The publication additionally features a step by step "Retracing the path of the Andrews Raid" part, which describes 13 websites linked to the Raid that experience extant remains.

The "General" is the main respected and well-known locomotive on the earth. It used to be the big name of the Civil struggle Andrews Raid. It was once the topic of at the least 3 video clips, together with "Railroad Raiders of '62", "The General", starring Buster Keaton, and "The nice Locomotive Chase" starring Fess Parker. it's been the topic of numerous books and articles.

The later historical past of the final is sort of as fascinating because the Chase itself. In April 1962, the final retraced its path from the nice Locomotive Chase lower than its personal strength. From 1967-1970, the final was once the guts of a sophisticated criminal conflict among Chattanooga, Tennessee (on one part) and the L&N Railroad and the kingdom of Georgia (on the opposite side). a part of this conflict incorporated the blocking of the most line of the previous W&A railroad simply south of Chattanooga, TN. The criminal conflict went all of the approach to the U.S. ultimate court docket to be resolved.

This version comprises 36 colour pictures and maps, and 30 black and white photographs, ancient maps and engravings.

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