Saturday, 13 July 2013

The Blue Zephyr Train on the Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad, Georgia, U. S. A

The Blue Zephyr is the name give to a train travailing  on the Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - a standard gauge railroad that circles the perimeter of Stone Mountain Park in a loop, and provides views of the mountain en route. Climb aboard the  train with a full size locomotives  with open-air cars that takes you on a lively five-mile excursion around the mountain.

The railroad utilizes what was originally an industrial spur built in 1869 by the Stone Mountain Granite Company to serve quarries at the foot of the Stone Mountain,  with a connection to the Georgia Railroad’s main line in Stone Mountain Villege. The railroad later started an excursion service to the mountain. The spur was later abandoned, but the right of way remained in place (though the rails had been removed). In 1962, the present day scenic railroad opened, which had rebuilt much of the old right of way, with additional trackage to create a complete, continuous circuit around the mountain. The mileage of the circuit around the mountain is advertised as being five miles long, however, the actual mileage is 3.88 miles.

The railroad had de-accessioned its last remaining steam locomotives in early 2013, and currently owns and operates diesels exclusively. Pictured here is a EMD FP 7 Diesel Locomotive built in 1950.

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