Coster Repair Shops

Industrial / Tennessee

The Coster Repair Shops for the Southern Railway was constructed in 1895 in Knoxville, Tennessee. At its peak, it employed over 1,200.

The Coster Repair Shops were named after Charles Henry Coster, founder of the Southern Railway System, in 1894. 1 The advent of diesel engines caused a decline in work orders and the repair shops were closed in 1995.

  1. Ferguson, Don K. “Ferguson: Coster yielded to SYSCO.” Knoxville News-Sentinel, 15 Jun. 2008.