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L&N Seeks Train Service Changes, 1920

From The Chatsworth Times
March 25, 1920

CHATSWORTH AND ETON HOLD PRESENT
SERVICE ON TRAINS 31 AND 34

The Georgia Railroad Commission has given the Louisville & Nashville Railroad the option of either continuing their present schedule on trains numbers 31 and 34, or they may put on a local train between Etowah and Cartersville and stop trains 31 and 34 at Chatsworth, Eton and Fairmount, discontinuing other local stops, according to the Atlanta newspapers.

The railroad made application to the commission to be allowed to discontinue all local stops between Etowah and Cartersville and put on another local train between these points, but this met with strong objection at the hands of the people of Eton, Chatsworth, Ramhurst and Fairmount, who sent petitions and representatives to Atlanta to appear before the commission Tuesday. Chatsworth was represented by Col. H. H. Anderson, Mayor H. H. Leonard and J. Roy McGinty, while Ramhurst was represented by T. P. Ramsey. This delegation also presented the petition from Fairmount. Eton was represented only by petition. Benton, Tenn. Also had a representative at the hearing in the person of Prof. Brewer, who was permitted to appear by chairman C. Murphy Candler "with the understanding that the Tennessee commission will permit citizens of Georgia to appear before it in similar cases."

The citizens requested the commission to let the present schedule stand, arguing that the towns along the line have a right to through train service to Knoxville and Atlanta without the necessity of changing cars at Etowah and Cartersville, as would have been necessary under the change proposed by the railroad. Superintendent Haydon represented the railroad, and he argued that the road was losing business on these through trains because of the necessity of making these local stops. He also insisted that the people who were complaining did not know what they wanted or what was good for them, and that the proposed change would be the best for them.

The order of the commission allowing the discontinuance of all local stops on these through trains with the three exceptions noted above, provided the road put on another local train, is entirely satisfactory to the people of these places. Whether the road will put on this extra train or leave the schedule as it now stands had not been officially announced, but the consensus of opinion is that the new train will be added in spite of the fact that Superintendent Haydon is reported to have said before the hearing the change would not be made if stops of 31 and 34 were ordered to Eton, Chatsworth and Fairmount.

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