The Western and Atlantic Railroad was a state owned and operated railroad created by an enabling act of the Georgia General Assembly in 1836. The route ran from Chattanooga to a spot near what is now Forsyth and Magnolia Streets in Atlanta. The state operated the railroad until December 1870, when operations were transferred to the Western & Atlantic Railroad Company for twenty years. Various other railroads have leased the line from the state to the present. The current leaseholder is CSX Transportation.
These records are from Record Group 18, Western and Atlantic Railroad Records. This collection currently includes annual reports and outgoing correspondence in letterbooks (letterpress copybooks).
A note about viewing the Letterpress Copybooks
On some pages, the ink has faded almost completely, making the letter illegible. This is unfortunate but normal and also appears in the original copybooks. In these cases, the impression from the original letter was not strong enough to make a clear copy.
On other pages, the ink has run. In these cases, the paper was wet too thoroughly in making the impression.
The front or end sheet of some books includes a description of the letterpress copying method and directions for using the book.
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