A CSX empty Auto-Rack train about to cross Hair Diamond.
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CSX's Western & Atlantic Subdivision
NICE PHOTO!!! ANY REASOM WHY ITS CALLED THE HAIR DIAMOND?
5/12/2006 2:24:15 PM
I have searched and searched for the origins of the name "Hair" but so far i've found nothing on it. It is shown on a green sing and post on the south side of the crossing next to the Norfolk Southern tracks. As far as diamond, that is the shape of the crossing. It's at a very acute angle. Interstingly enough, according to Shadowlands.Net, this area is haunted. Supposedly, a Cherokee indian chief named Red Bird was killed in a horse racing accident here (before the railroad and town), and his body is buried somewhere under the tracks. Still doesn't explain the name.
5/12/2006 9:37:27 PM
TYPO! Thats "sign" not "sing"
5/12/2006 9:38:12 PM
Hugh G. Rection
Long before synthetic fibres, hair was a common component of carpet.
5/16/2006 9:41:23 PM
Ewww! Real hair carpet! Well, if you have a cat, it still is a component of carpet! Thanks for the updated info!
5/17/2006 7:20:15 AM
Robert Duncan Sr.
No, no, no! It has nothing to do with carpet. I have heard there was an employee of the ETV&G (originally Savannah, Rome & Dalton RR) in the olden days with the last name of Hair. There are still some surviving family of Hair's in the Dalton area. I'm sure they've heard all the jokes too. The W&A originally crossed the SR&D about 3 blocks North of this diamond. My guess is when it was moved to it's current location, it was named for the prominent employee. This was all told to me by the Grandaughter of one of the Chief Station agents in early Southern days. BTW, I've been hanging out there for about 5 years and never saw a ghost.
12/5/2006 9:59:40 PM
NS refers to the jct. as "Hair Junction", CSX just refers to it as "Dalton". Same place different names. You will notice (well, not in this shot) the sign "Hair" is on NS's tracks.
12/31/2006 9:33:04 PM
BTW, I've never seen a ghost there either!
12/31/2006 9:33:46 PM
In any case, it is a great shot.
6/5/2007 5:30:23 AM
Southern Railway has always had aknack for naming control points after employees who had some kind of impact in the local areas. NS seems to carry on that tradition in the southern portion of the system.
4/10/2008 9:45:10 AM
NS does carry on that tradition. A new passing siding opened on the NS about two months ago. Instead of naming it for the geographic location, they named the north end of the siding "Talley", and the south end "Hall". I don't know who these people were, but i'm planning on doing a bit of research to see if I can find out.
4/10/2008 2:58:11 PM
Wasn't the original layout a single track divergence in north & south to a single mainline maintained by both roads?
10/26/2008 5:03:24 AM
Very nice photo!!!
3/19/2009 4:55:40 PM
That's Awesome, good shot!
4/12/2010 5:56:08 PM
Great shot, back on the homepage
8/21/2013 8:39:36 PM
4/4/2014 1:52:55 PM
Seen this been covered on front RP homepage today! Great shot!
8/21/2014 3:10:38 AM
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