Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History
Home of the Western & Atlantic RR 4-4-0 “The General” locomotive.
Kennesaw, GA (I-75 North of Atlanta) • http://www.southernmuseum.org/
Southeastern Railway Museum
Nice display of locos and rolling stock. Train Rides offered on Saturdays & Sundays only.
Duluth, GA. (I-85 Northeast of Atlanta) • http://www.srmduluth.org/
Stone Mountain Park
Largest piece of exposed granite in the world. Family attractions with ride, show, etc. Includes train ride around base of mountain. TIP: Park by sky lift and ride Sky-lift up the mountain, walk down (IT REALLY IS EASIER THAT WAY), catch the train at the base station and ride for free back to sky lift!
Stone Mountain, GA (GA-78 East of Atlanta) • http://www.stonemountainpark.com/
Inman & Tilford Rail Yards
Most of the major rail traffic in and out of the Atlanta area hits the CSX’s Tilford Yard and Norfolk Southern’s Inman Yard. If you venture here, you will not be disappointed, as there is something moving every minute of the waking day!
Atlanta, GA (downtown) • http://www.railfanguides.us/AtlantaGA
Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel
Walk through 1,477 feet of railroad and Civil War history. It was the first major railroad tunnel through the Appalachian Mountains and witness to the 1862 Great Locomotive Chase.
Tunnel Hill, Georgia (I-75 North of Atlanta) • http://www.northga.net/whitfield/tunnel.html
Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
Home to the 4-ft by 8 ½-inch, standard gauge inclined plane railway located alongside Lookout Mountain. Ascend Lookout Mountain at a 72.7% grade while taking in the views! Lots of old photographs in both depots. Excellent views from train ride.
Chattanooga, TN (I-75 North of Atlanta) • http://www.ridetheincline.com
The Choo-choo has nice landscape gardens and a hotel where you can sleep in a rail passenger car.
Chattanooga, TN (I-75 North of Atlanta) • http://www.choochoo.com
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Steam train museum with 7-mile round-trip ride through 900 ft. pre-civil war tunnel and crosses Chickamauga Creek on high trestle.
Chattanooga, TN (I-75 North of Atlanta) • http://www.tvrail.com
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
A heritage railroad in northern Georgia based in Blue Ridge, GA – it follows the former “Marietta and North Georgia Railroad” line along the Toccoa River north to McCaysville, GA and its twin city of Copper Hill, TN. It runs Friday-to-Monday from late March until the last weekend in December.
Blue Ridge, GA (I-515 North of Atlanta) • http://www.brscenic.com
Georgia’s Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village opened as Agrirama in 1976. It features 5 areas: a traditional farm community of the 1870s, a 1890s progressive farmstead, an industrial sites complex, the National Peanut complex, and the Museum of Agriculture center. It also features the Georgia Agrirama Steam Train Ride.
Tifton, GA (I-75 South of Atlanta) • http://www.agrirama.com
SAM Shortline Excursion Train
Travel through southwest Georgia in air-conditioned 1949 vintage cars, mixing a taste of the old rural South with today’s excitement. Nice diesel loco rides through pecan fields, state park, and through Americus, GA – the childhood home of former President Jimmy Carter.
Cordele, GA (I-75 South of Atlanta) • http://www.samshortline.com
Georgia State Railroad Museum
Formerly known as “Roundhouse Railroad Museum” of the Central of Georgia Railway – this complex is considered the most complete antebellum railroad complex in the US. The museum features a partial roundhouse with operating turntable , partial machine shop, tender frame shop, etc.
Savannah, GA (I-75 Southeast of Atlanta) • http://www.cofga.com
Folkston Funnel Train Viewing Platform
An excellent place to watch CSX and Amtrak trains that come out of Florida going north or out of the north going south into Florida. The double-track mainline that passes through the town sees about 50-60 trains each day!
Folkston, GA (I-75 Southeast of Atlanta) • http://www.folkston.com