Waiting For The Train
Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
Photograph - Photography
"Waiting for the Train"
by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
...This old abandoned trestle
deep in the Smoky Mountains
of North Carolina used to carry
the Lexington and Nashville Line.
The trestle bridge goes over
the Valley River in Murphy,
North Carolina in the western area
of the Nantahala National Forest.
A river trail leads to this trestle
and makes a wonderful little hike
from the Konaheeta Park
along the Valley River...
An old railroad car
still sits at the station
just a long block away,
while the old trestle
is waiting for the train.....
Captured on a beautiful
on the big cumulus clouds
and on the scattered leaves
on the weathered track...
The trestle is just a 1/2 mile away from the L & N Depot, and here is the history of the depot:
The L&N Depot (circa 1887) - Was the meeting place of the Southern (originally the Carolina Railroad) and the Louisville & Nashville (originally the Georgia Railroad). What remains is the freight area. The grand station was torn down shortly after the railroad pulled up the tracks in 1974.
Both railroads met at the river and were unable to cross it due to a group of Murphy businessmen and New York investors who chartered a railroad called the Hiawassee Railroad Company and set up a blockade to keep the L&N and Southern railroads from meeting. Passengers and freight had to be ferried across the river to the depot.
Georgia Railroad went to court to condemn the property and finally put its tracks across the river to the present depot site 12 years later. Murphy now boasts the smallest railroad in the country with a short spur of tracks, a boxcar, and a caboose. The last train to leave out of Murphy was a trip to Andrews over the July 4 weekend of 1992. There are currently plans to restore the train cars and start running lighter weight trains through the Andrews Murphy Valley once again.
November 20th, 2012
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