70sRailmap_04

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    I snapped this photo on the first rehabilitated railcar I was ever aboard. Instead of the current rail system map, this map was shown. It seems to be the "backing", and is can be dated somewhere between 1974 and 1979. It was in 1974 that the proposed Tucker/North DeKalb Busway was converted to a proposed rail branch, and yet no stations are shown as open (the first stations opened in 1979).

    Notes about the Map:
    An East-West Line is shown with stations at Avondale, Decatur, East Lake, Edgewood/Candler Park, Inman Park/Reynoldstown, King Memorial, Georgia State, Five Points, Omni*, Vine City, Ashby, West Lake, and Hightower*.
    *Omni and Hightower were renamed in the 1990s.

    The East-West Line appears essentially as it was constructed. And since it was first to open, that makes sense. Stations are not shown on the Proctor Creek or Tucker/North DeKalb lines, presumabaly because they were not yet under design. Note that the East and West Line symbols continue beyond Avondale and Hightower. This is because stations at Kensington and Indian Creek on the East Line and at Brownlee/Boulder Park on the West Line were planned, but not yet under design.

    The North-South Line is shown with stations at Doraville**, Chamblee, Brookhaven, Lenox, Lindbergh Center, Arts Center, Midtown, North Avenue, Civic Center, Peachtree Center, Five Points, Garnett, West End, Oakland City, Lakewood, East Point, College Park, and Airport.
    **Note that on this map, Doraville is shown outside the perimeter. It was originally proposed to be further north than the present station.

    The proposed Hapeville and Northwest branches are shown as well. No stations are shown presumably because they were not yet in design.

    Also shown are the two remaining busways. The Lakewood Busway had been variously proposed to use the East Atlanta Tollway to run between Thomasville and Inman Park and the Lakewood Freeway Extension to connect Thomasville and Lakewood. Neither of these freeways was built, so the busway wasn't either.

    In the mid-1980s, the North Busway, which would have run in the median of the North Atlanta Tollway (GA 400 Extension) from Lenox to just inside the Perimeter was converted to a rail line.

    The map is essentially current through 1992. In 1992, the first stations *not* on the map opened, Kensington and Indian Creek.

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