Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Folkston Funnel

Just north of Folkston, Georgia two major CSX train lines converge and funnel approximately 60 trains through Folkston each day. Most of the freight trains from the eastern half of the USA go through Folkston to go to and from Florida. There are also several Amtrak passenger trains that pass through each day.
The town built this viewing stand where railfans can sit and watch the trains go by. The stand is equipped with lights, ceiling fans, and a scanner to listen to radio traffic between the trains. Nearby are picnic tables with grills and restrooms.
About eight trains went through during the two hour period we were there. Unfortunately they were all CSX trains. It was boring but also fun. If I ever get a chance to go back I'd like to spend the day and take some reading or handwork to do while waiting for the trains.



Folkston is located in south east Georgia.
I like the grafitti on this one. It made me think of the Dixie Chick's song " Good Bye Earl".

20 comments:

Andrea said...

Very interesting post Dot. I love the black and white pictures. I will have to show this to my grandson since he loves trains. We need to take him to Folkston Funnel sometime.

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Love your trains. I'm especially fond of B&W photos. I think the first one I saw when visiting your site for the first time was a sepia one... very nice Dot. Color, no color, some color, all beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving :) I ate way too much pie... couldn't help it when it's my sister's homemade apple!

Annie said...

Here in Little Rock the incessant truck traffic on Interstate 40 is what gives people pause. There's no viewing station to watch those trucks, though, but one can't escape their noise.

Isadora said...

What a neat idea. Not only can you enjoy watching the trains but make it a picknick in the country while you do. :) and there are ceiling fans too?? amazing.

Luke said...

nice B&W's!, thanks for coming to my blog!

AVCR8TEUR said...

I happened to take a train trip today so it's fitting that I saw your post. I like how you made or took the pictures in black & white.

Sandy Carlson said...

Dot,
I love this sequence. I am startled when I realize how important trains are yet how out-of-time stations and depots can look. It's wonderful, really.

I love the graffiti. This post makes my day. Wonderful pictures.

God bless.

Sister--Three said...

I think it would be fun to go on a trip by train and just sit by the window and look out. Maybe someday.

patsy said...

the trains make me think when all our products were moved by train. no doubt a cheaper way than trucks. i like the view from look out mountian. i have a gospel disk and on it is a song sung by mark somebody. it is amazing. just the song Jesus loves me but he does a good job.

RuneE said...

It was very fitting to make those pictures in black and white. It gives a nostalgic look that pleases an old railway-fan like myself.

I have a strong affection for veteran railways and spent much of our summer vacation in the north of England last year looking at them and travelling by them. Maybe I'll post a picture or two someday.

Kerri said...

Lovely train shots....brings back childhood memories! I love them in B&W.

You had asked about the "frames" around my shots...I didn't put them there...they are there from the blogger site - I guess mine are black because my site is black.
You have them too...they are just the same color as your background. Does that make sense??
If you have Photoshop Elements...there is a way to add frames to the pictures.

oldmanlincoln said...

Really a nice post. I like trains, especially the old steam engines. And I can't tell you the amount of money (in pennies) I have laid on the track to see what happens when the train rolls over them. And I don't have a single one anywhere to look at.

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

HI Dot,
What a lovely photo's of Folkston, the '60'trains look like 'the old days'! Very interesting to read/ and see the history and the trip 'where the train goes' I might travel by that train some day!!!

I am SO sorry you could not hear the music on my blog today, I just removed it from my blog . Why? because 1 person (Blogreader) said the vid (went over the slide-show) was disturbing her, and another said that the music was disturbing her , so I do not want to irritate anyone by my blog.

I might try to add the son again, but only with the possibility that anyone is able to shut the music on or off.

thanks for visiting my blog and have a great sunday!

Mike said...

Funny, we have a Folkestone!

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imac said...

Dot, this is an interesting post, even better in B/W the trains are good stuff too, also the buildings.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Its nice to see trains, i often thought it would be fun to take a train ride across country, a couple of yrs ago i had a lady that stayed here at the motel and that is what she as doing.She said that there is so much more scenery to see in a train.
Love the B&W as well.

Lynette said...

Dot, every single time I look at your photos and read your posts, I feel so blessed that you're sharing your corner of the world with all of us. Thank you so much.

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Hi Dot,

... Not that's very important...., but I added again the music (just for you) on the slideshow of "food in Paris" You just can click on the symbol in the left bottom corner of the show, (signal music) than you hear the music "When I take you there" I thought it was funny with the slide-show- photo's, so whenever you feel like, goooooo & listen ! Hahaha (its not ease to stisfy everyone, but I'll try) :)

Bye Hugh :)

Paulie said...

What a novel idea! I taught a boy in Kindergarten three years ago that would love that special train viewing spot -- he is nuts about trains!

I agree with you about bringing something and staying longer. What a photo op!

jersey girl said...

the pictures are quite interesting! are they the old alabama?

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