Thursday, July 15, 2010
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.
Posted by Barbara at 9:22 PM