North Carolina Railroads - Tallulah Falls Railway

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

TFR

1898

1908

1961

Cornelia, GA

Franklin, NC

+ 1923 - In receivership. Operated thusly until its total demise in 1961.
+ 1910 - Leased by Southern Railway, retained its name.
+ 1909 - By deed dated February 27, 1909, the property of the Blue Ridge & Atlantic Railway was conveyed to Tallulah Falls Railway.
Was the Northeastern Railroad (GA) then the Blue Ridge & Atlantic Railroad.
aka Tallulah Falls & Franklin Railroad. 
+ 1898 - Organized on March 3, 1898 under the laws of Georgia. Incorporated on March 8, 1898 by the Secretary of State of Georgia. 

In fifty-eight (58) miles of track from Cornelia, GA to Franklin, NC, the line traversed fifty-four (54) trestles and many sections of elevated roadbed. The locals often referred to it simply as the "Old TF."

Always faced with financial difficulties, this railroad was seldom out of debt, but was much beloved by the country folk it served. One year after reaching Franklin, the railroad entered into a one-year receivership, and emerged from that only to enter into receivership again in 1923. The line never emerged from court-ordered receivership until its demise in 1961.

In 1933, the Interstate Commerce Commission heard petitions to abandon the line, and eventually granted permission to close it and sell all assets. The locals protested vehemently for decades, but in 1961 this railroad was finally closed once and for all.

Walt Disney Productions used this railroad for the on-location shooting of the show Andrews Raiders: Escape to Nowhere, starring Fess Parker, a 1961 segment of the TV show "Disneyland" (predecessor to the Wonderful World of Disney). Walt Disney, himself, considered the notion of transforming the Tallulah Falls Railroad into a scenic railroad.

Southern Railway eventually controlled 51% of the company and after much discussion it decided not to promote the idea of a scenic railroad and to close it down. By 1962, the tracks were removed and sold for their scrap value.

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From the Tenth Annual Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission, dated December 31, 1908, with Compilations of Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1908:

Receiver ..................................................... A.B. Andrews ..................................... Raleigh, NC
General Manager or Superintendent ............ J.A. Dodson ........................................ Cornelia, GA
Secretary .................................................... H.W. Miller ......................................... Raleigh, NC
Treasurer .................................................... H.C. Ansley ......................................... Washington, DC
Traffic Manager .......................................... J.A. Dodson ......................................... Cornelia, GA

Property Operated - GA State Line to Franklin, NC ...................................................13.50 miles

Capital Stock* ......................................................................................................... $350.000.00
Cost of Road ............................................................................................................ $685,078.69

Employees ................................................................................................................ 31

*Represents stocks and bonds of Blue Ridge & Atlantic Railway Company.

Towns on Route (in NC):

Franklin

Prentiss (1910)

Otto

Tryphosa (1915)

NC/GA State Line

The Thirteenth Annual Report of the North Carolina Commission for the Year Ending December 31, 1911, with Compilations from Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1911, includes the route of the Tallulah Falls Railway:

Towns on Route (14.50 miles):
Franklin
Prentiss
Cowetah
Otto
Orlando
NC/GA State Line



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