Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

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Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

Post by apm » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:46 pm

Work has me traveling for two weeks down to Atlanta, we will be working right at the airport there, Monday-Friday which leaves me sitting in a hotel over the weekend. I suppose I could always visit the Coca Cola museum down there but is there any good places for antique machinery, live steam clubs, railroad museums, steam traction etc... that are worth visiting on the weekend of Nov 4th and 5th? I keep on trying to get on the projects with travel over to England, what is Atlanta like?

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Re: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

Post by Fender » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:30 pm

Go visit the Southern Museum of the Civil War in Kennesaw GA. It has exhibits for the Glover Machine Works, one of the few locomotive builders in the South.
http://www.southernmuseum.org/
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Re: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

Post by John_S » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:32 pm

There's also the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth to visit.

The North Georgia Live Steamers is out east in Conyers, but I don't know if they have anything going on that weekend.

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Re: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

Post by Fender » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:35 pm

Go visit the Southern Museum of the Civil War in Kennesaw GA. It has exhibits for the Glover Machine Works, one of the few locomotive builders in the South.

http://www.southernmuseum.org
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Re: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

Post by PeterCraymer » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:40 am

APM,

At NGLS, we are planning a club run day/fun day on that Saturday the 4th. We would be happy to have you come by if you have time. PM me as it gets closer and I will keep you in the loop for whatever the plan ends up being.

Thanks,
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Re: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

Post by apm » Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:39 pm

Peter,

Thanks for the invite, I sent you a private message, I may take you up on the offer to stop by if there will be people there on Saturday. Looks like I will need to try to get to the southernmuseum on Sunday for sure. What is the Southeastern Railway Museum like for those who have been there?

Thanks,

Adam

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Re: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

Post by PeterCraymer » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:28 am

Adam,

I got your message. Will Do. It's been a couple years since I have been to the SERM, but I know they have some really nice exhibits (including S&A 750) that are inside and well preserved as well a yard full of equipment. There is a short train ride (diesel) on the museum grounds and a decent stream of NS trains along the ex-Southern Mainline (you have to cross it to get into the museum). I think it's worth a visit if you can schedule it. It's too bad the Atlanta History Center isn't open yet as the Texas is there as a compliment to the General. The Cyclorama painting - The Battle of Atlanta is something to see, but those exhibits aren't scheduled to open for a year! The other thing is that you are only 2ish hours away from Chattanooga if you have the desire to go to the Tennessee Valley Railroad - home of Southern 630 and 4501. One or both engines may be in steam - check website. I will let you know about NGLS plans in another week or so.

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Re: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

Post by Fender » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:02 am

TVRM Summerville steam trips will run throughout November on Friday-Saturday-Sundays. The last double-header trips will be 10/28 & 10/29.
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Re: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

Post by johnpenn74 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:13 pm

If you want to get out and drive around some there are a lot of static displays a little further out but several within an hour or so of Atlanta. Gainsville, Winder, Jeffersonville, Marietta. etc..

Don't forget to go to the Varsity; Dogs, rings, and an FO.

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Re: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

Post by apm » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:23 pm

I did not realize that I would be that close to TVRM, I have always wanted to visit there. I see that they have an all day excursion that sounds like quite the trip up to Summerville. While down there I will have a rental car and the company pays for the hotels, so it wouldn't be much to head towards Chattanooga Friday night and stay over there. Anyone ever rode on it and have any suggestions? I am thinking the open window car sounds like the best seats. I know TVRM has one of the best shops in the country do they offer tours there? Is there much by way of a museum or are they more or less a first rate shop geared towards maintaining excursion ready locomotives in tip top shape?

Thanks for the advice,

Adam

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