Thursday, July 15, 2010

Those Were the Day My Friend

Those were the days, spent sitting in the depot watching the trains go by, what fun, and you
know I live near a little town Called Folkston, GA that still does that, that is what the photos
are above. Folks come from all over the Country to sit and watch our trains go by, it is called
The "Folkston Funnel" is a double track which serves as the main artery for railroad traffic into
and out of Florida.

From the viewing platform in Folkston, visitors can see trains passing on their way to and from
Jacksonville, Florida in the south, and a split north of town where trains go west to Waycross,
Georgia, and north to Savannah.
The platform features lights, ceiling fans, and a scanner to listen in to radio traffic between trains.
Adjacent to the platform are picnic tables, a grill, and a new restroom facility for our guests.
Trains can also be enjoyed from the grounds of the restored Folkston depot, just diagonally
across the tracks from the platform.
A recent visitor from Tampa told of seeing "41 trains or engine movements and units from seven different railroads." And rated our viewing site as "fantastic!"
The trains travelling through Folkston carry automobiles, coal, gravel, phosphate, grain, molten sulphur, and orange juice. Several Amtrak trains pass daily, including the Auto Train.

Most times we go to Folkston we get stopped by one of those trains, now then when you are in
a hurry it is not so fun, lol I watch earnestly, and think...When will they all pass. But is is a good
place to be, and in the South on of the most visited, if you come to the area, it is where Okefenokee Swamp is too, very interesting place, Well guess that is it for this visit, have a great day tomorrow, and God bless you real good.



Farmgirl Cyn said...

Love the photos! And may God bless YOU real good, too!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Neat Barbara.... My Dad worked for the railroad ---so back in the olden days, we got free passes on the train (back when there were lots of passenger trains). We took a two week trip (as a family) to CA (from Bristol, VA) when I was 8. We were going to my brother's wedding in CA... Even though I was young, I loved riding on the train...

Then when I was a teen, I went on the train all by myself to visit my other brother --who lived in FL.. I probably went through Folkston, GA... Neat, huh???


HOPE said...

I LOVE trains! My g'pa would travel by train from his town..about 3 hrs. and pick up my sister and I to go back! Just like a bus back ..then. I can remember he and I playing BINGO in the dining area..such wonderful memories.

I also remember waiting late at night at the train station for him to arrive for longer visits..the anticipation and hearing the whistle blow!

God bless you REAL GOOD too!

Terri said...

The photos are great. We love trains around here. Good thing because we live right across the street from the train station! lol

Anonymous said...

What an interesting place ~ I enjoyed the photos so much Barbara. I hope you have a nice weekend.

Barbara said...

This is a great place, I too grew up by the railways, about two houses from them infact. My Grandpa was a railroad section man, and he had lots of tales, I don't I ever enjoyed the trains as much as the day my mom took me from Romulus to Detroit, for my 11th birthday, I loved it, and had such a rememerbale day, to this day I smile when I think of it. Great times me and mom, and I seen Gone with the Wind, at the Fox theater in Detroit that day. Thank you for all the great posts, and your times with trains too, hugs

Sharon said...

You might say that I have my own little depot here at work since my office is just across the rd from the tracks. I remember my 8th grade class took a trip to the museums in Chicago and we went by train it was great. When we left IL we came out here by train.
I would love to take a trip by amtrex somewhere.
Have a great weekend.

Barbara said...

You all have such cool stories to tell about your trains and the tracks ets, very interesting indeed.

NanaNor's said...

Good Morning Barbara, Thanks for taking us to a simpler, slower time. Although I didn't sit at a train depot when I was growing up I love seeing photos from times past.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs, Noreen

George said...

The past few days would have been perfect for sitting in a depot and watching the trains go by. The railroad passed by the home where I grew up and my brother and I would always imagine where those trains were going.
Thanks for visiting my site.

Jan said...

Reminds me that people of our generation were so easily pleased as far as activities were concerned... watching trains, for example.
Love and Blessings - Jan

Karen said...

I enjoyed this post. Train rides were a real treat for a little girl back in the 60's...we would go from Rome, Georgia down to different destinations in the southern region. The old depot in Rome has been gone for many years....

Miss Janice said...

Folkston, Georgia...when I was growing up, we always stopped in Folkston for breakfast on our way to Florida! Very interesting about the trains:)