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Silver Comet Trail - Concord Road access – Cobb Co. GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 33° 51.143 W 084° 33.485
16S E 725921 N 3748471
Quick Description: The Silver Comet is 37.5 miles of scenic paved trails. This is the access point on Concord Road. Wheel Chair Accessible if you are strong, a steep paved hill connects the parking lot to the trail.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 1/2/2008 10:47:51 AM
Waymark Code: WM2X0J
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Hard Oiler
Views: 156

Long Description:

The Silver Comet Trail is located 13 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia and travels west through Cobb, Paulding and Polk counties. This quiet, non-motorized trail is for walkers, hikers, bicyclists, roller bladers, horses, dog walkers, and is wheel chair accessible. The Silver Comet is paved for over 37 miles starting at Mavell Road in Smyrna to Water Street in historic downtown Rockmart. When completed, the Silver Comet Trail will start in Smyrna, Georgia and end at the Georgia / Alabama state line. Currently 37.5 miles have been paved, the trail will be 57 miles long when it is completed.

At the Georgia / Alabama state line, the Silver Comet will connect to the 33-mile long Chief Ladiga Trail that ends in Anniston, Alabama. When construction on the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga is finished, the trails will join to form one continuous trail from Smyrna, Georgia to Anniston, Alabama. The Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga Trails will connect in 2002.

Both the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga are converted rail-trails built on abandoned railroad lines.

CONCORD ROAD - mile marker 2.4

WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBLE if you are strong, a steep paved hill connects the parking lot to the trail:

  • Go to I-75 to the Delk Road exit.
  • Delk Road turns into 280 South, also known as South Cobb Drive.
  • Head towards Lockheed/Dobbins Air Force Base. This is on the left.
  • Pass Cobb Center on the right. Cobb Center has a Richs and Publix.
  • Pass Windy Hill Road. Windy Hill Road is a large 4-way intersection.
  • Go to the fourth red light after Windy Hill Road. This is Concord Road located at mile marker 5 on South Cobb Drive.
  • Turn right on Concord Road and pass the CVS on the right.
  • Drive past the sub divisions and you will pass a rock masonry bridge that goes over the East-West Connector. Just past this bridge on the right is the parking lot for the Silver Comet Trail. This section of trail is very close to the historical, one lane Covered Bridge on Concord Road.

View of Nickajack Creek from Foot Bridge on the trail just west of the trail access point.

History of the Siver Comet from The Silver Comet Trail web site.

In addition to serving Florida, the Seaboard Air Line Railroad competed with the Southern Railway with service to Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama. The Silver Comet was introduced in 1947 to compete directly with Southern's streamliners, complete with Observation car. It was quickly downgraded by the mid-1950's to a very ordinary streamliner, losing both Observation and sleeper-lounge cars which went to the newly-upgrade Silver Star. Tavern service was provided by the Silver Meteor's old 1939/1940 Tavern-Coaches and the dining cars only operated as far was Washington, DC.

Both Southern and Seaboard served New York, Philadelphia and Washington via the Pennsylvania RR, but Seaboard's Silver Comet also served Richmond, VA, Raleigh, NC directly and Norfolk, VA (as far as Portsmouth, VA across the river from Norfolk) via a section, operated as the Tidewater from Raleigh No 17 northbound, and as a section of the Silver Comet/Sunland No. 18 southbound, with a diner between Raleigh and Portsmouth.

The Tidewater also fielded through cars from Jacksonville to Portsmouth, VA, operating by itself from Jacksonville trailing behind the Silver Star (and later combined with the Star by 1966). Southbound out of Portsmouth, VA, No. 18 carried both the Atlanta and Jacksonville through cars as far as Raleigh. The Silver Comet carried the Jacksonville cars as far as Hamlet, NC where the secondary train, the Sunland, took over for the overnight run to Jacksonville, with no food service. The Atlanta-Portsmouth sleeping car was discontinued by 1966, leaving only a through Atlanta-Portsmouth unreserved coach.

The Silver Comet was a direct competitor with Southern Railway's Southerner. For example, a typical schedule (effective December 15, 1964): The Comet departed New York at 11:00 am, Washington at 3:20 PM, Raleigh at 9:10 pm It picked up the cars from Portsmouth, VA, Train No. 17, departing there at 4:15 PM and arriving Raleigh at 8:30pm where the dining car from Portsmouth was dropped. At Hamlet, the Sunland's through coach and sleeper to Jacksonville was removed and the Silver Comet continued on to Atlanta arriving at 6:45 am the next day and Birmingham, Alabama at 9:50 am.

Returning from Birmingham departing at 1:35 PM, Atlanta at 6:40pm arriving Hamlet, NC at 1:40 am, the Comet picked up the the Tidewater's through coach and sleeper from Jacksonville, running as the combined Silver Comet / Tidewater Train No. 34 / 18 as far as Raleigh, where the Tidewater, No. 18 continued to Portsmouth, VA arriving at 8:30 am, with the Comet's cars from Atlanta and the cars from Jacksonville, picking up a dining car at Raleigh at 4:15 am. The Silver Comet continued on to Richmond at 7:05 am, where the Tidewater's sleeper from Jacksonville was dropped, and on to Washington at 10:05 am and arriving New York by 2:05 PM

Under the Seaboard Coast Line, the Silver Comet was further downgraded, losing both the diner and through service to Portsmouth, VA, becoming an Atlanta-Washington DC train by 1969. It was discontinued altogether by the end of 1969.

Country: USA

State/Province/etc.: Georgia

Trail Start (town): Mavell Road in Smyrna, GA

Trail Finish (town): Rockmart, GA

Trail Length: 38

Trail Surface: Paved

Pack Animals Allowed: no

Fees: no

Internet Link(s):

Rail-to-Trail Sign: Not listed

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