Back on familiar rails

Here’s a little trivia: every mile of track Southern 2-8-0 no. 630 has covered in 2011 and 2012 has been ‘new territory.’ During its 1968 – 1977 service, it never ventured north of Attalla, AL, or Atlanta.

But today, 630 returned to the Central of Georgia between Atlanta and Forest Park, GA. This is a route 630 covered twice in 1969, and probably once in early 1968.

And the route passes through East Point, for many years the home of the man in charge of Southern steam, Bill Purdie.

The above photo shows 630 passing through East Point for the first time since 1969. Consider it a little tribute.

Earlier this morning, departing Spring Street:

The employees of Atlanta Foods International get into the spirit of things.

“No, I’ve never seen a steam locomotive,” the guy on the left said.

“Have you got 10 minutes? Stick around, you’ll enjoy this.”

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