Depot Doings: Oliver Springs, TN / Bryson City, NC / Decherd, TN / Chatsworth, GA

Featured Southern Railway depots this month are Oliver Springs, Tennessee (1980), and Bryson City, North Carolina (1978). The Oliver Springs and Bryson City depots have been restored. The Oliver Springs depot houses the Oliver Springs Historical Society, and the Bryson City depot houses the Great Smoky Mountain Railway excursions.

Featured Louisville & Nashville (L&N) Railway depots are Decherd, Tennessee (1978), and Chatsworth, Georgia (1980). The Decherd depot has been removed from service, and the Chatsworth depot was relocated and restored in 1990. It currently houses a museum of railroad and talc industry memorabilia.

Southern Railway Depot: Oliver Springs, TN – 1980 (Credit: Tom Rock)

Southern Railway Depot: Bryson City, NC – 1978 (Credit: Tom Rock)

L&N Railway Depot: Decherd, TN – 1978 (Credit: Tom Rock)

L&N Railway Depot: Chatsworth, GA – 1980 (Credit: Tom Rock)


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Southern Railway Steam Feature for December 2019

Featured Southern Railway steam subjects for this December post include various locations in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia:

All images courtesy of Mr. Ron Flanary at RailPictures.Net.


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Central of Georgia Steam Feature for September 2019

Featured Central of Georgia steam subjects for this September post include various locations in Alabama and Georgia:

All images courtesy of Mr. Donald R. Hensley, Jr. at Tap Lines.


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Depot Doings: Tate, GA / Ellijay, GA / Evergreen, AL / Milton, FL / Pascagoula, MS / Hopkinsville, KY

Featured Louisville & Nashville depots this month are in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Kentucky:

The depot at Tate, GA was built in 1916. Over 100 years later, it is now restored and has relocated across from its original site, though its current purpose is unknown.

The depot at Ellijay, GA was built in 1912. It is a picturesque wood-frame structure similar to others along the “Hook and Eye” line. No longer in railroad use, it currently houses a local business.

The depot at Evergreen, AL was built in 1907. The building has been totally restored even though it was threatened by demolition in the 1970s. It currently houses the Evergreen-Conech County Chamber of Commerce.

The depot at Milton, FL was built in 1909 on the site of the former Pensacola and Atlantic depot, built in 1882, which burned down in 1907. In 1973, the station was closed, but partially restored with a 1976 Bicentennial grant. Today the building is owned by the Santa Rosa Historical Society.

The depot at Pascagoula, MS was built in 1904. It was restored during the 1970s and converted into an Amtrak station. In addition, the station serves as an art gallery owned by the Singing River Art Association.

The depot at Hopkinsville, KY was built in 1892. It is a single story framed building with a slate roof. During its operation, it was the only L&N station between Evansville, IN and Nashville, TN where it was legal to drink alcohol, thus giving Hopkinsville the nickname, “Hop Town.” It currently houses the Pennyrile Arts Council.


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Southern Railway Steam Feature for December 2018

Featured Southern Railway steam subjects for this December post include various locations in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina:

  • SR #1244 – Savannah, GA – 1938
  • SR #1459 – Asheville, NC – 1946
  • SR #1481 – Asheville, NC – 9/4/37
  • SR #5024 – Asheville, NC – 9/49
  • SR #5208 – Asheville, NC – 9/38
  • SR #6473 – Wilmore, KY – 5/42

All photos courtesy of RailPictures.Net and SOUTHERN Railfan.


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Depot Doings: Bridgeport, AL / Blue Ridge, GA / Chatsworth, GA / Murphy, NC / Decherd, TN / Tullahoma, TN

Featured L&N Railway depots for this October post include various locations in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee:

  • L&N Depot – Bridgeport, AL – 1980
  • L&N Depot – Blue Ridge, GA – 1981
  • L&N Depot – Chatsworth, GA – 1980
  • L&N Depot – Murphy, NC – 1978
  • L&N Depot – Decherd, TN – 1978
  • L&N Depot – Tullahoma, TN – 1978

All photos courtesy of Tom Rock.


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Southern Railway Steam Feature for June 2018

Featured Southern Railway steam subjects for this June post include various locations in Illinois, South Carolina, and Georgia:

  • SR #1202 – Centralia, IL – 9/5/47
  • SR #1205 – E. St. Louis, IL – 7/38
  • SR #1315 – E. St. Louis, IL – 9/49
  • SR #1347 – Inman, SC – 4/4/48
  • SR #1451 – Date & location unknown
  • SR #1453 – Date & location unknown
  • SR #1481 – Date & location unknown
  • SR #1483 – Atlanta, GA – 5/12/40

All photos courtesy of www.rr-fallenflags.org.


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