North Carolina Railroads - Atlanta, Knoxville & Northern Railroad

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

AK&N RR

1896

1896

1905*

Atlanta, GA

Knoxville, TN
*1905 - Purchased by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.
+ 1896 - Acquired the Marietta & North Georgia Railroad.

When the Atlanta, Knoxville & Northern Railroad was completed, the route of the recently-acquired Marietta & North Georgia Railroad through the mountains of western North Carolina was unnecessary, and it was relegated to a branch line with only sporadic traffic.

The new owners decided to relay all track to standard gauge and to correct a poorly-designed switchback near the Hiwassee River that previously allowed the train to haul only a few cars at a time. This switchback was replaced with new track that circled Bald Mountain, which earned the nickname of the "Hook & Eye" route because the track completed a loop and crossed under itself with the use of a trestle.

Towns on Route (in NC):

NC/GA State Line

Culberson

Ranger > Oak Park (1912)

Kinsey

Murphy

The Sixth Annual Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission for the Year Ending December 31, 1904, with Compilations from Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1904, includes the route of the Atlanta, Knoxville & Northern Railroad, including mileage:

Stations in Order (13.1 miles):

Murphy
Kinsey
Ranger
Culberson
Sweet Gum, GA
Marietta, GA



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