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CaterParrott Railnet's Azalea Sprinter Trips Nashville to Valdosta 4/17/2021

by Chris Guenzler

After a Subway lunch, it was time for some pictures.

The train getting ready to leave.

CaterParrott caboose 638, originally Southern X638.

CaterParrott SW1500 3000. It was time to board the train for the afternoon trip to Valdosta. Elizabeth and I sat in the same seats with Bart and Sarah Jennings right behind us. There were a few of the rare mileage passengers aboard these trips.

We left Nashville five minutes early with all passengers aboard.

The train passed this CaterParrott caboose 5744, originally Seaboard Air Line. Now sit back and enjoy the southern Georgia scenery.

The trip to Ray City.

The trip to Moody Air Force Base where Randy Jackson was stationed from 1976 to 1978.

The train passed Moody Air Force Base.

The last picture before the train reached Valdosta. On the return trip I talked with David and Randy then Elizabeth bought two CaterParrott coffee mugs.

Owner Chris Parrott talking with a friend. The train returned us all to Nashville and we said our goodbyes to our friends and thanked the crew for two most excellent trips.

On to Florida

Elizabeth and I headed back to Tifton to get petrol before we drove to Sylvester to get the steam engine that we drove past coming east.

Georgia, Ashburn, Sylvester & Camilla 2-8-2 100 at Jeffords Park in Sylvester built in 1920. I drove us to Hilton to our first covered bridge in Georgia.

The information sign about the railroad.

The Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge sign which is the southernmost covered bridge in America.

The Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge.

Fannie Askew Williams Park sign.

The Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge historical sign. We drove back to the highway but had to pull over.

Hilton and Albany SD-40 3351 ex Burlington Northern.

Columbus and Chattahoochee SD-40-2 3348 ex Burlington Northern. From here we drove into Alabama.

The Central of Georgia Columbia station. Our next stop was in Ashford.

The Ashford depot historical sign.

The Alabama Midland station built in 1888.

Atlantic Coast Line caboose 903317.

Seaboard Coast Line box car 26897. Elizabeth then drove us the rest of the way to Marianna, Florida where we checked into the Quality Inn. I went to Arby's and got a roast beef sandwich for me and a salad for Elizabeth. We worked on the stories and called it a night.