The Tennessee Alabama & Georgia Railway
The Tennessee Alabama & Georgia Railway, often simplified as the TAG Route, which also was its reporting mark, was a short line railroad running from Chattanooga, TN southwest to Gadsden, AL for a distance of roughly 90 miles.
|Tennessee Alabama & Georgia 602 Steam Engine
The railroad began operations in 1891 under the name of the Chattanooga Southern Railway, nicknamed the Pigeon Mountain Route, as it followed the area of Pigeon Mountain, which was the basis for its freight haul - namely coal, timber and iron.
|1893 Timetable. Image: HawkinsRails
An 1892 map shows that the ultimate plan of the road was to extend southwesterly from Gadsden to Birmingham, but this never came to fruition for the company - although the two cities were already connected by rail via Attalla, AL.Panic of 1893, which would cause a depression lasting until 1897 - and impacting the profitability of railroads across the United States, including the Chattanooga Southern. A common practice in those days during reorganization and/or bankruptcy was to change the name of the company to a railway from a railroad, or vice versa. Such was the case in 1896, as the Chattanooga Southern Railway became the Chattanooga Southern Railroad.
|1940 TAG Timetable and Map. Image: HawkinsRails
|In red, the abandoned Tennessee Alabama & Georgia Railway between Chattanooga and Gadsden on our Abandoned & Out-of-Service Railroad Lines Map.
|Google Street View image of Woburn Rd, Georgia, along the former TAG right of way, with the rails still intact - albeit disused for many years.
Piers of abandoned TAG Railroad Bridge at Yellow Creek Falls, Highway 273, East of Leesburg, Alabama. (Buzzsimmons, Wikipedia Commons)