We are on the road again. This trip finds us traveling to Mineral Bluff, Georgia to the old Marietta and North Georgia Railway (M&NGR) Depot at 150 Railroad Avenue. The depot was built in 1887. The tracks have been owned by various railroads, including Atlantic, Knoxville, and Northern Railroad Construction Company in 1896, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N) in 1902, CSX Transportation (CSX) in 1986, and Georgia Northeastern Railroad in 1987 (GNRR). The Mineral Bluff Depot last saw freight action in the 1950's. After a renovation in 2007, it is now home to the Tri-State Model Railroaders.
The Bubba's Garage crew loves them some model trains. We all piled into the car and took a road trip to the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour in Charlotte, North Carolina. Being the stickler for being at a show right when it opens paid off for this show at the Park Expo and Conference Center. It got very crowded real fast.
It's January in Western North Carolina. It's unusually cold. So, what do you do? You go look at frozen waterfalls! It was only 6 degrees Fahrenheit when we left Bubba's Garage for a short road trip to Highlands, North Carolina to check out some frozen waterfalls. First up on US Route 64 was the 65-foot drop of the Dry Falls. Normally you can walk behind the falls but because there was so much ice the Forest Service had closed the trail for safety. We behaved ourselves, stayed behind the ropes and viewed the falls from the upper observation deck.
Driving west across Florida on Route 41, we took the time to stretch our legs at The Naples Depot Museum in Naples, Florida. The museum is a restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station that was built in 1926. Passenger trains used the depot from 1927 until 1971.