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History

Marking the anniversary of the Andrews Raid

KENNESAW, Ga. – North Georgia saw its fair share of battles during the Civil War, but “the most extraordinary and astounding adventure of the war,” as one Civil War-era newspaper put it, typically doesn’t garner more than a few words in most history books. The Andrews Raid, also known as The Great Locomotive Chase, took place 148 years ago today. Led by James J. Andrews, a group of Union spies planned to steal a train locomotive and destroy the Western & Atlantic Railroad, a vital link between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn. The route of the Andrews Raid can be easily

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Rail Blog

Retracing Fess Parker’s steps in Georgia

ATLANTA – Fess Parker, a long-time actor known for portraying famous historical figures turned California winemaker, died today. He was 85. Parker is perhaps best-remembered for playing both Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on television shows based on the real life historical figures. But, one of his often-overlooked roles has a strong connection to Georgia. Parker portrayed James J. Andrews in Walt Disney’s 1956 movie “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The movie retells the story of the Andrews Raid of April 12, 1862, in which Union soldiers stole a locomotive planning to destroy the Western & Atlantic Railroad between Atlanta and

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CSX

Railfanning in Folkston, Ga.

Click here to read Part I Click here to read Part II Click here to read Part III FOLKSTON, Ga. – Every day, upwards of 80 CSX trains pass through the Folkston Funnel, so named because two railroad lines merge just north of downtown. In fact, almost all Florida-bound freight trains pass through the city’s limits. The city of Folkston has embraced the railroad that passes through town and welcomes railfans from around the country who want to watch trains pass through the south Georgia town. In 2001, with the help of a $30,000 state grant and inmate labor, the

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Rail Blog

Railfanning the Walt Disney World Railroad

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It’s no coincidence that the first attraction to greet guests of the Magic Kingdom is the railroad. Disney Imagineers traveled to Mexico to scout steam trains that could be refurbished and put to use pulling guests around the Magic Kingdom. By 1971, the tracks were laid and the steam trains were running. Here are some videos from the Walt Disney World Railroad. To read more about the history of the Walt Disney World Railroad, click here.