We were in the neighborhood so we stopped at the old L & N Depot in Murphy, NC. It was raining pretty hard so we didn't explore much or stay very long. This is the end of the line for the Southern Railway's Murphy Branch.
We stopped by Blue Ridge, GA to do some shopping and grab lunch. While there, I had to take a few photos of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and other Patriot Rail equipment. Georgia Northeastern Railroad #8705 (GNRR), Columbia and Cowlitz Railroad #3810 (CLC), and the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway #7529 (BRSR) were all on the tracks nearby.
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.