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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:39 am 
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Sounds to me that this group has found an ideal locomotive, based on size and wheel configuration. Yes, I'm sure there are issues with the locomotive, but if the money is in place, good news that it will get another chance.


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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:54 pm 
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Interesting article on the history of the Stone Mountain Railroad:
http://www.atlantarails.com/stone-mountain-scenic-railroad.html


It appears like they copied from the railroad's Wikipedia article, which I wrote! But it needs to be updated, as the Wiki article was. See:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Moun ... c_Railroad

Even if the NHV does just put it on display, it will at least be a more proper restoration than what the mountain did!

I was just at Stone Mountain last weekend, and boy has it changed! The trains are going counter-clockwise, and those excursion cars are still a bit bumpy. When I saw the Texas II, I noticed it was missing its headlamp! Anybody know what's going on there?


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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:07 pm 
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Anyone been watching the New Hope Valley's Facebook page?

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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:52 pm 
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I thought you were getting 110...not 60. I am confused...


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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:21 pm 
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60? Where did you see that??

Did you not see this prominently displayed on the FB page?

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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Steve: I was looking at the engine in the background of the men working on the track. It looked like SMRR #60 with 4-4-0 configuration. Was that 110?


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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:16 pm 
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Yeah, I guess that's No. 60. It was so far off in the distance I barely noticed it.

Yes, 110 should be arriving in Bonsal, NC tomrrow at 9:00am.

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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:36 pm 
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Locomotive unloaded safely today shortly after noon.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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(919) 827-1689 or ange[email protected]
New Hope Valley Railway Brings Home Historic Steam Engine

(Bonsal, NC, Feb. 6, 2013) The New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR) will bring historic steam locomotive, Cliffside Railroad 110, home to North Carolina after more than 60 years in residence at Stone Mountain Park, Georgia. The Stone Mountain Memorial Association (SMMA), which manages the park, recently gifted this treasured, old-time engine to the NHVR located in Bonsal, N.C.

The engine, numbered 110 and affectionately called “Old Puffer” by the train crews who ran it down the three-mile Cliffside Railway, served the town of Cliffside, N.C., located 47 miles west of Charlotte. From its beginnings in the early 1900s, it hauled in supplies for town residents from nearby junctions, sent finished products to connecting railways and brought in raw materials to Cliffside Mills, the South’s largest gingham textile plant. The train carried passengers in and out of Cliffside and even picked up school children on their way back to the schoolhouse during its mid-day run into Cliffside.

The most famous passengers on the Cliffside 110 were a family of chickens who took their first ride in the early 1930s just as the train was nearing Cliffside Junction. One of the engineers spotted a hen and three chicks on the tracks, stopped the train and loaded them on board. The family of chickens must have enjoyed that first ride because for years after when the whistle sounded they would scurry up to the train to board and then hop back off to scratch and peck around the yards as the train stopped or pulled into the shop between runs.

As automobiles became a more popular mode of transportation for passengers, the Cliffside 110 continued to carry freight until it was retired and replaced by a more modern diesel engine in 1962.

“As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, it’s only fitting to bring a steam engine with such rich North Carolina history back to its original glory,” says NHVR President Mike MacLean. “A dedicated team of New Hope Valley Railway volunteers has been restoring and running trains since 1983. Our knowledge and expertise will help put the Cliffside 110 back on the tracks chugging among the North Carolina pines once again.”

The NHVR shares a similar history to Cliffside’s, both railways were organized in the early 1900s and their short tracks were used to carry materials and some passenger cars from North Carolina mills to connecting rail lines. While the Cliffside freight cars were hauling textiles, the NHVR’s were running timber along with other supplies like cotton, corn, beans and tobacco.

NHVR will restore the historic steam engine so it can operate on the 4-mile main line used by the railway for public ride days, generally held the first Sunday of each month beginning in April and running through the end of the year. The restoration effort will take five to seven years and cost an estimated $350,000 to $600,000, which will be funded exclusively through the generosity of our members and donors. Donations can be made on the NHVR website at www.TriangleTrain.com.

About New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR)
The Triangle’s Train is located in historic Bonsal, North Carolina, just 10 minutes south of Apex off of U.S. Highway 1 at Exit 89. Trains generally operate one Sunday each month beginning in the spring through the end of the year. There are also special Halloween and Santa trains as well as themed events, charter and group train rides, opportunities to operate-a-locomotive and birthday parties in an historic caboose. The North Carolina Railway Museum, a collection of antique train cars and an elaborate G Scale model garden railroad, is also part of the NHVR grounds along with a gift shop. Visit www.TriangleTrain.com.

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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:10 pm 
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I think this belongs in a new thread. We're no longer talking about Stone Mountain...


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 Post subject: Re: Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad - Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Steve DeGaetano wrote:
Yeah, I guess that's No. 60. It was so far off in the distance I barely noticed it.

Yes, 110 should be arriving in Bonsal, NC tomrrow at 9:00am.


Now I understand... I thought the picture I was looking at was on the NHVR. I didn't realize that was taken at SMRR. All of which explains why #60 was in the background.

It also scares me that they've moved #60. Its the last steam engine the park owns and my assumption is that they will get rid of it...dashing all my hopes of restoration of steam at Stone Mountain.

On a personal note, Steve...I am so glad that NHVR is going to restore #110. I have so many fond memories riding behind her as a child with her all steamed up - and I am looking forward to the day when I can do that again. :D

Thanks to you and all the volunteers at NHVR who preserve steam railroading and the rich experience it provides for the generations of people who still love it!


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