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The Western and Atlantic Railroad is a rail line linking Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is and has always been owned by the state of Georgia. It was chartered by the state to link the Chattahoochee and Tennessee Rivers and was the primary factor in Atlanta's rise as a transportation hub. It is famous for the "Great Locomotive Chase" which took place on April 12, 1862, when Union troops seized the locomotive General and attempted to burn bridges on the line to cut Confederate supply lines.