ATHENS, Ga. – Athens Terminal Co. was incorporated on Oct. 4, 1906. Both the Gainesville Midland Railway and Seaboard Air Line owned Athens Terminal Co., according to Douglas van Veelen’s 2006 book, “The Gainesville Midland and Her Sister Short Lines.” The railroad terminated near the intersection of East Broad and Foundry streets in downtown Athens.
WINDER – For decades, an aging relic has stood as the icon of this city’s railroad past. Now, thanks to donations from some area businesses, the 76-year-old Gainesville Midland steam engine No. 208 has a new coat of paint. “It’s a source of civic pride,” said Alex Hill of Hill’s Ace Hardware & Lumber Center in Winder, which donated the paint for the restoration project. “It’s a part of our past here that ought to be remembered.” Workers are repainting the steam engine, which now sits on display off Porter Street in downtown Winder. Gainesville Midland No. 208 was built
[Video has been removed] Video by Todd DeFeo, (c) 2006 Gainesville Midland No. 208, a decapod, as it appeared on March 20, 2006.