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Silver Meteor, Folkston, Ga., Oct. 16, 2006
I’m in Folkston, Ga., for the second time in as many years. Be sure to check back over the next couple weeks as I post more information about my trip to the Funnel. In the meantime, go here.
ROME, Ga. – The Rome Railroad was founded on Dec. 21, 1839, as the Memphis Branch Railroad and Steamboat Company of Georgia. The line’s 20-mile route between Rome, Ga., and Kingston, Ga., was completed in 1849. The following year, the company changed its name to the Rome Railroad Company. “From Rome, cotton and other commodities were shipped down river on the Coosa to Gadsden, Alabama and other points,” reads a historical marker in Kingston. The route was sold to the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway in 1894, which by that time leased the Western & Atlantic Railroad, which passed
Check out this offering, "Daring robbery of Winchester mail train": The Winchester & Potomac was a 32-mile-long single-track line that linked Winchester with the B&O Railroad at Harpers Ferry. Although it was helpful to Virginia’s militia in the capture of Harpers Ferry at the beginning of the war, the Confederates in due course removed its iron rails and shipped them south. However, B&O afterward sold the company some rail, putting it back in business. Sometime early that afternoon, the men roused from their slumber and proceeded to a spot on the south side of the track, approximately halfway between Summit
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This is pretty interesting. I must admit, though, I’m surprised more railroads haven’t already offered something like this: BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) is recruiting rail fans to help keep BNSF properties safe by reporting suspicious activities and to help prevent possible security breaches. “Keeping America’s rail transportation network safe from crime and terrorist activity is a high priority for the railroad industry,” says William Heileman, BNSF general director, Police and Protection Solutions. “Every day across the country, rail fans photograph and watch trains as they pass through communities. It seems natural to harness their interest to help keep America’s rail