A Railfan in Brazil
I am planning a trip to Tennessee and I would like to know about railfaning spots there. Which are the best locations to see trains in Tennessee?
What part of the state will you be in? I spent several years in Chattanooga, and it has quite a bit of traffic with both CSX and NS. The NS line running north to KY is very scenic in places and fun to railfan. Also lots of good stuff between Chattanooga and Nickajack lake (grades, high bridges, lots of curves, and then some lakeshore running. The Nashville and Eastern Railroad has lots of cool old power to see. I am not sure of their schedule. If you want more info or specifics on something, I would be happy to try and help you out. Finally not sure on your timing, but if you can schedule the trip for later October that is usually the best fall colors around those parts.
Westbnsf, thanks for the hints. I will study them carefully. I am planning a trip to July 2013. Since it will be intenational trip, I must start to plan with a good time in advance, as I did in 2011 and 2012 while visiting west and east coasts.
Among Chattanooga as being the best place, theres actually quite a few places of interest to railfan. If you like pushers Cowan is the best place for that. I've been up and down at numerous places on the CSX Chattanooga sub and have seen some scenic areas to photograph trains. Chattanooga is definitely the place if you love NS. I'd stay away from Nashville tho, tried to railfan in that city but there isn't any good spots to be honest. I've heard Memphis offers good places as well with some in rough areas tho. If you don't mind driving a bit more south of Chattanooga, Dalton in Georgia offers an excellent spot for NS and CSX since they have a diamond there and a restored freight depot for you to railfan at.
Tyson Park in Knoxville has three different lines running through it. This includes Willoughby Interlocking where NS and CSX crossover.
I got a video there the other day......great place to see trains and the csx yrd is right down the road too.
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