The Gregarious Railfan
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TRAINS August 2016
Dalton, GA 30720 (population, 33,414)                            Mini Guide

GPS:  N 34.76924, W 84.96708          Google map   

Scanner:   CSX road 161.520 [94], disp. 161.370 [84]; NS road 160.950 [56], disp 160.830 [48]

Railroads: CSX Atlanta Division, W and A sub; NS Georgia Division, North End sub

FRA Info:   Crossing Inventory Report for CSX, West Morris St,    PDF;
Crossing Inventory Report for NS, Gordon St,    PDF  

Description:  Dalton is located in extreme north-central Georgia. Norfolk Southern and CSX parallel each other
through town on a North – South route, and cross each other at grade right in front of the visitor’s center     
Norfolk Southern sold the former Southern Railway freight depot to the City of Dalton.  The city has restored the
old freight station and repurposed it as a convention & visitors bureau. It is now an ideal train watching spot and sees
about 55 trains per day. They have moved a Lightweight passenger car to the location and there is adequate parking.  
The platform along the building is ideal for photography.  Benches, chairs and tables are available for train watchers to
rest between trains.  An ATCS video monitor displays the active dispatcher’s board so you know when the trains are
coming; a radio audio feed also lets you listen in to the railroad action.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours:   55

Gregariousness quotient: medium

Fast Food: Mostly on Walnut Street near I-75.  N 34.75996, W 84.99381

Ice Cream:  The Sweet Spot, 336 S Hamilton St. 1 block east of the tracks. N 34.76871, W 84.96797; Buster's
Real Ice Cream, 1307 Dug Gap Rd, N 34.75791, W 84.99044

Breakfast: Waffle House, 1527 W Walnut Ave N 34.76058, W 84.99998

Local Restaurant:  The Filling Station, 316 N Hamilton St N 34.77475, W 84.96775   

Pub & Grub:  Stick with Applebee's, 1322 W Walnut Ave N 34.76038, W 84.99456  

Lodging: Comfort Inn & Suites, 905 W Bridge Rd N 34.75832, W 85.00328; Railfan   

Dalton Visitor's Bureau:   305 S. Depot Street, Dalton, Georgia 30720

Trip Advisor for Dalton GA   

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TRAINS Hot Spot article on Dalton GA    

.              Railfan Hotspot Dalton, GA 4/22/17: NS, CSX, UP, BNSF & CP