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Local, Georgia and National Places for Train Watching

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The Norfolk Southern event July 3 in Spencer, N.C. featuring the 20 Heritage locomotives.
Click here for the NS site.
And here for a photo slide show of ALL the locos, and MORE !
Or click here for a local Salisbury, NC news story !


The Powder River Basin is an unique place with many, many trains. Travis Dietz put this set of images together from the multiple times he has been there. Some photos to note would be the construction of the West Black Thunder loadout silos... Click here to view images. Travis may be one of the best of all the railroad photographers nowadays. Travis comes from a long line of CNW railroaders in the Altoona, WI area.


February 2012: The short Atlanta Light Rail project for Auburn Avenue area has been announced. This could be a fun place to watch the building of the line (for the next several years?) And also to go and ride or watch light rail when it is completed.


March 2009: We have heard that Amtrak is tightening security.
If you try to railfan or take photos on an Amtrak platform, you should be a ticketed passenger !!!




Marietta & Metro Atlanta Railroad Watching Places


Marietta & Metro Atlanta Model Layouts

  • Canton: The Canton, St. Paul & Pacific 1.5" live steamers.
  • Marietta: N-Gauge layout in the Kennesaw House, with the Marietta Museum of History.


Distant Georgia Railroad Watching Places

  • Cordele: The CSX mainline from Waycross to Manchester crosses the NS mainline from Atlanta to Florida. The Heart of Georgia (HOG) short line also crosses both lines here.
  • Folkston: Heavy CSX action on the "Folkston Funnel". The town has provided a train watching platform (with scanner radio). www.folkston.com
  • Manchester: Watch railards from a nice city built gazebo. Go to downtown Manchester, then north one block. Train audio in gazebo!
  • Oglethorpe: View the CSX mainline (Manchester to Waycross), wher it crosses the NS (ex Central of Georgia) line (Macon to Albany).


Other States Railroad Watching Places

  • Fostoria, Ohio Quite a place to see trains. You can download a map from "Trains" Magagazine ( www.trainsmag.com ) website. About 160 trains a day pass through town. You have the old B&O east-west mainline to Chicago crosses the old Nickel Plate (now NS) and the old C&O mailine from the Great Lakes south to the coal fields. The town is building a train watching platform. The best place to watch trains is at the Amtrak (ex-B&O) station and parking lot. The nearby diamond for the B&O and C&O crossing is not easily accessible because it is on railroad property. Fostoria has a website that plays up their town as a great train watching place.
  • Marion, Ohio is good for train watching. The station and interlocking tower have been preserved. There are east-west and north-south lines crossing at grade at the station.
  • Rochelle, Illinois Another great place to watch trains. The double-track UP mainline west from Chicago crosses the BNSF double-track mainline from Chicago to Minneapolis. The town has built a great train watching facility with a large covered picnic area, grills, scanner radio, rest rooms, a souvenir shop, a caboose, and a large parking area. Trains Magazine has installed a webcam at the site and you can watch the action at home by going to their website www.trainsmag.com.
  • North Platte, Nebraska The UP's Bailey Yard is a great place to watch trains. Go to their website at www.GoldenSpikeTower.com .


Museums and Commercial Venues

  • Atlanta/Buckhead, GA: Atlanta Historical Society: Exhibits of Glover Locomotive casting patterns, and photographs of Atlanta railroading history; Franklin Garrett's office with railroad artifacts.
  • Atlanta, GA: The Cyclorama. The "Texas" locomotive & Civil War circular painting & diorama. East side of Grant Park, north of the Atlanta Zoo entrance.
    404-68-7625 www.bcaatlanta.org
  • Blairsville, GA: Misty Mountain Railroad, "O" gauge walk through layout, dozens of trains, 2,000 sq.ft., $5 donation.
  • Blue Ridge, GA: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 800-934-1898, www.brcenic.com
  • Calera, AL: Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, 205-668-3435
  • Chattanooga, TN: The Choo Choo, 423-266-5000 or 800-TRACK29 (800-872-2529) www.choochoo.com
  • Cordele, GA: SAM Shortline (Southwest Georgia Excursion Train), 877-427-2457, www.SamShortline.com
  • Duluth, GA: Southeastern Railway Museum: Locomotives and trains; Rides; Inside railroad museum. 3595 Peachtree Road, Duluth. www.srmduluth.org 770-476-2013 Open 1-5 Saturdays.
  • Gainesville, GA: Georgia Mountains Museum, 404-536-0889, Full size locomotive and cars, model railroad diorama.
  • Marietta, GA: Marietta Museum of History: Exhibits of Marietta area railroading, with emphasis on the Civil War. In "Kennesaw House" facing the CSX Tracks, west of the Marietta Square. www.mariettahistory.org 770-528-0431, Open Monday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4. $3 ($2 Seniors)
  • Kennesaw, GA: Southern Museum: Inside displays of the Civil War in and around Kennesaw. Movie on the "Great Locomotive Chase." Locomotives and shop artifacts from the Glover Machine Works. Monthly lectures. 2829 Cherokee Street. www.southernmuseum.org 770-427-2117, M-F 9:30-5PM, Sunday N-5PM. $7.50 ($6.50 Seniors).
  • Kennesaw, GA: Kennesaw Mountain National Park: Many books and information on the "Great Locomotive Chase", and Civil War railroading.
  • Sylva/Bryson, NC: Great Smoky Mountains Railway, 800-872-4681



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