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Mission Statement

Our mission is preserving the history and hobby of trains.  We do this through model train sales,  customization,  layout building, and education.   

We view our mission as a journey, not a destination.

Railfanning the local area


Wartrace is located at milepost 55 on CSX Transportation's Nashville to Chattanooga J-Line. Originally chartered as the Nashville and Chattanooga Rail Road in 1848, Tennessee's first railroad was completed in 1853 with an eight mile branch from Wartrace to Shelbyville built the prior year. By acquiring connecting lines the N&C, by 1873, had evolved into the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway (NC&StL). The larger Louisville & Nashville (L&N) acquired a controlling interest in the NC&StL in 1880 and fully absorbed the company in 1957. Through a complicated series of mergers the L&N gradually lost its corporate identity, first becoming part of The Family Lines which included the Seaboard Coast Line, Clinchfield, and Georgia & West Point Route Railroads; then in 1982 being absorbed into the Seaboard System Railroad. Although the above components, and the Chessie System Railroad, had been a part of CSX Corporation since 1980, the present day CSX Transportation identity was not established until 1987 when all traces of previous corporate incarnations vanished.      

CSX's J-Line funnels traffic between the upper midwest and southeastern states, and to ports on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Approximately 25 trains including intermodal, merchandise, unit coal, auto, grain and ethanol trains pass through Wartrace every 24 hours. Traffic is dispatched from a CTC control center at Radnor Yard in Nashville. Wartrace has the longest passing siding between Nashville and Chattanooga and triple meets are not uncommon. Automatic block signals protecting each end of the siding display a permanent red aspect until commands for an approaching train are necessary. The north and south end switches on the siding are remotely controlled by the Nashville dispatcher. A computerized defect detector is located five miles north in Bell Buckle. A radio scanner can pick up train crew communications and the defect detector at channel 84, frequency 161.370 mhz. 

The short-line Walking Horse & Eastern Railroad operates as-needebetween Wartrace and Shelbyville delivering covered hopper cars of plastic pellets to a shrink wrap manufacturer and tank cars to a fertilizer plant located in a Shelbyville industrial park. Cars for the WHOE are delivered by a local "Wartrace Turn" from a CSX yard in Tullahoma.

 

Other points of interest along the J-Line include a former branch from Tullahoma to Sparta,Tennessee, now
incorporated as the Caney Fork & Western Railroad; and the 2,228 ft. Cumberland Tunnel south of Cowan, Tennessee, home of the Cowan Railroad Museum. Helper engines are still stationed in Cowan to assist trains up the 2.42% Cumberland Mountain grade.