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Pullman Yard (from the Pullman Trail) 02

The delapidated Pratt-Pullman Yard, as seen from ...


Pullman Trail

Atlanta (Kirkwood), Georgia.

6 March 2018.


▶ From the trail's western terminus at Rogers Street NE.

▶ A view of the building's interior: here.



▶ "In 1904, the Pratt Engineering Company built a sugar and fertilizer processing plant on twenty-eight acres of farmland in Kirkwood, then an independent city east of the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Among other things, the company produced sulfuric acid and liquid carbon dioxide (for which it held the patent). During World War I, Pratt temporarily converted the plant to manufacture munitions.


In 1924, the Pullman Passenger Rail Company —a leading manufacturer of railroad cars from the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century— purchased the buildings and built a large railcar service and repair depot. At the time, Pullman exercised a near monopoly on rail passenger 'sleeping cars' throughout the United States. After a 1943 antitrust decree, the company began to downsize and, in 1954, closed the facility.


From then through the 1970s, both Georgia Power and Southern Iron and Equipment Company used and/or owned the yard. For a time, the latter used the Yard to house and repair its large fleet of 'Trackless Trolleys' —electric buses that drew power from overhead lines— with which it was replacing its fixed rail trolleys. In 1990, the Georgia Building Authority bought the property to house a dinner-train that ran between downtown Atlanta and Stone Mountain but shut it down in 1993. Semi-abandoned, Pratt-Pullman became a popular filming location.


As the buildings became dilapidated, efforts at preservation and environmental remediation by the city and local groups were rebuffed by the state of Georgia. In June 2017, the state sold the property, for $8 million, to Atomic Entertainment, which announced plans to 'renovate' the Pratt-Pullman Yard as an 'arts-and-entertainment district.' '



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Taken on March 7, 2018