Visitors to Marietta Square Market are treated to a view of the Market’s iconic trolley car on prominent display. This 1922 curved side streetcar by the Cincinnati Car Company is the same type operated by the Atlanta Northern Railway between Marietta and Atlanta from 1905 through 1944. Faithfully restored by local businessman and rail enthusiast Gary F. Eubanks down to its original “Flamingo Red” and cream paint, it is one of only four known cars of this type still in existence. Originally more than 40 feet in length the trolley has been shortened to fit its new home at the Market and now takes on a new life as a one-of-a-kind food trolley. The trolley is displayed courtesy of James Eubanks, Atlanta Northern Traction Co., LLC.
Streetcars like the one displayed at Marietta Square Market were used by Georgia Power and its subsidiary, the Atlanta Northern Railway Company, on lines linking Marietta and Atlanta. At the time of its opening, the Atlanta Northern was the largest interurban electric railway in the South with 41 stops along approximately 18 miles of tracks. The total fare was 35 cents to ride from Marietta to Atlanta, and the trip took about 50 minutes. During World War II, the Marietta line acted as a crucial link to the Bell Bomber Plant (the site now home to Lockheed Martin) where thousands of residents worked to assemble B-29 Super Fortress bomber planes for the American air forces.
After the war as automobiles became more prevalent, electric streetcar lines gave way to buses, and the last electric streetcar on the Atlanta Northern Railway ran from Downtown Atlanta to Marietta Square on January 31, 1947.
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