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ClinchValley
07-08-2012, 03:16 PM
Since I am now in Lafayette on the CCKY, thought I'd start a thread for discussion and photos. Sunday, no work so I am going to explore the line. Photos later

ClinchValley
07-08-2012, 05:23 PM
No trains today, so I thought I'd check out the line. First, south from Lafayette. South of Trion the mainline is plugged with storage cars.


Turntable at Summerville, still operates. Ex CofG caboose parked on it.
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/Lafayette-Trion-Summerville018800x600.jpg

Concrete phone enclosure at Summerville
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/Lafayette-Trion-Summerville017800x600.jpg

Former CofG depot at Summerville
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/Lafayette-Trion-Summerville015800x600.jpg

The Mills at Trion. Scheduled to be switched on Tuesday
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/Lafayette-Trion-Summerville011800x600.jpg

Maybe I can get the northern end of the line done this afternoon.

ClinchValley
07-09-2012, 01:17 AM
From the "north" end

Plenty of cars in the yard at Chickamauga
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/NorthEnd002800x600.jpg

1804 parked in the yard at Chickamauga for the weekend
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/NorthEnd011800x600-1.jpg

It is a beautiful mainline, scenery-wise
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/NorthEnd022800x600-1.jpg

ClinchValley
07-09-2012, 01:18 AM
One more from Trion, over view up the mainline. Scheduled to be switched Tuesday

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/Lafayette-Trion-Summerville012800x600.jpg

ClinchValley
07-10-2012, 11:13 AM
With slow train speeds and plenty of public viewing areas, this is an easy railroad to fan. All ops are done Mon - Fri in daylight.

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/NorthEnd028800x600-1.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/NorthEnd027800x600.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/NorthEnd026800x600.jpg

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/Lafayette-Trion-Summerville003800x600-1.jpg

The two units are together again at the Lafayette depot, I'll try to get some photos today.

ShortlinesUSA
07-10-2012, 02:09 PM
Thanks for the photo tour. The photo of the yard at Chickamauga demonstrates what a nice shot in the arm the plastic pellet traffic for Shaw Carpets has been. They've been handling this traffic for a few years now, transloading pellets at Chickamauga and trucking them over to Dalton. Without this traffic and the closure of the line to Hedges after the chemical plant closed, there would be very little traffic on the CCKY. It would be nice to see an industry of some sort locate on the old TAG line and get that back running. The weeds are growing quickly, and I noticed a bridge partially collapsing just south of Cooper Heights. Amazing how quickly a line can deteriorate in the humid climate of the Southeast.

ClinchValley
07-10-2012, 06:37 PM
Mike, I doubt if you'll ever see the TAG line in service. Too many issues and it would cost a bundle to get it up and running.

I found these two sitting in front of the LaFayette depot this morning
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/LafayettetoTrion004800x600.jpg

The 102 was left in Trion but the 1804 is back in LaFayette. Heard that they might run the railroad from Trion to Chattanooga tomorrow, switching Chickamauga along the way.

ClinchValley
07-13-2012, 11:08 PM
This morning behind the Lafayette depot

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc354/ClinchValley/CCKY/LafayettetoChickamauga001800x600.jpg