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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Depot Doings: Athens, TN / Bryson City, NC / Charleston, TN / Danville, KY / Lexington, KY / Niota, TN / Oliver Springs, TN / Sweetwater, TN

Featured Southern Railway depots on the blog this month are those in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee:

  • Sou Rwy Depot – Athens, TN – 1978
  • Sou Rwy Depot – Bryson City, NC – 1978
  • Sou Rwy Depot – Charleston, TN – 1978
  • Sou Rwy Depot – Danville, KY – 1980
  • Sou Rwy Depot – Lexington, KY – 1980
  • Sou Rwy Depot – Niota, TN – 1978
  • Sou Rwy Depot – Oliver Springs, TN – 1980
  • Sou Rwy Depot – Sweetwater, TN – 1981

All photos courtesy of Tom Rock.


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Southern Railway Steam Feature for April 2019

Featured Southern Railway steam subjects for this April post include locations in North Carolina and Tennessee:

  • SR #4056 up Saluda Grade, NC
  • SR #5045 & 5023 at Melrose, NC (foot of Saluda Grade)
  • SR #5045 & 5023 on Saluda Grade
  • SR #5047 pushing #5045 & 5023 up Saluda
  • SR #6493 at Lenoir City, TN

All images courtesy of the Frank Ardrey Collection.


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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 March 2018

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

  • SR #1398 – Location and date unknown
  • SR #1408 – Atlanta, GA – Date unknown
  • SR #4526 – Melrose, NC at Saluda Grade – 9/37
  • SR #4873 – Atlanta, GA – 10/26/48
  • SR #4886 – Charlotte, NC – 4/27/40
  • SR #6695 – Columbia, SC – 5/11/41
  • SR #1384 – Spencer, NC – 9/28/47
  • SR #1406 – Reidsville, NC – 6/30/50

All photos courtesy of American-Rails.com and Railroad Picture Archives.


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