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Paradise Lost

October 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


The old Paradise Restaurant on US 301 in rural Georgia is no longer serving meals to hungry travelers.  Its last use was as a flea market and even that seems to be abandoned now.

With a hole in the roof, who knows how much longer it will be standing before it collapses and the sign will just be sitting next to a concrete slab

This week is another long work trip through South Georgia. 

Hopefully with the great fall weather, I'll be able to capture a few images of cotton fields, pumpkins, and who knows what else along the way.


Still standing in Duluth

September 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment














Everytime I go downtown to watch trains on the Ex-Southern Main, I expect that the old signal bridge will finally be removed and the new one lifted into place. Each time it is not, I feel a sense of reprieve.

Hopefully there are plans for the museum here in town to get one of them for display?

A pair of visiting Union Pacific engines leads a southbound manifest under the signal bridge this morning a few miles from home.


Big weekend for steam!

August 28, 2014  •  2 Comments


Labor Day is a big weekend for steam locomotives in the US.


The big news this weekend is the return to steam action of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's 4501 which will be a part of the annual RAILFEST! this weekend in Chattanooga, TN.

I look forward to seeing the 4501 as it returns to the rails as part of the Norfolk Southern's 21st Century Steam program over the next few years, joining the 630, the NKP 765, and hopefully soon the Norfolk & Western 611 undergoing restoration in North Carolina in Spencer.


The photo above is of the 611's long-time excursion partner the NW 1218 which resides at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke which would also be a great destination this holiday weekend.


Wherever you spend the weekend, I hope you have a great end to the Summer, see a bunch of trains, and stay safe near the tracks!


Mabry Mill - Helpfordyllon

August 18, 2014  •  1 Comment

I'm offering a special offer for #helpfordyllon   

The 8X10 BW print above is specially priced at $10 (regularly $25) and I'll donate the proceeds directly to his family.  

The offer will end on 9/1/2014.

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NS 8014 Tifton

August 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment



As a railfan, I might be one of the few people who don't mind being caught by a train at a crossing. The gates were just going down as I pulled up to this crossing in Tifton, Georgia last week, so I rolled down the window and grabbed my trusty #Canon #G1X to get a snapshot of the passing train.

NS 8014 leads her train through the crossing blowing the horn in the familiar long-long-short-long pattern. A friendly wave from the crew made the moment complete.


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