A lot has changed in ten years! The lead unit on this SAM Shortline train is now off the property and the passenger train rarely comes to Cordele anymore. Since the Genesee & Wyoming takeover in... (more)
Thankfully, the SAM Shortline is still running with the original Heart of Georgia power even months after the Genesee & Wyoming takeover. Today we see the SAM Shortline arriving in downtown Corde... (more)
The SAM Watermelon Express has made it into Plains, GA where the train has an hour and a half layover. Passengers will depart and see all the sights of this small Georgia town which is home to th... (more)
Night Shot of the HOG #1540 on the head end of a stack train
The Watermelon Express climbs a gentle hill as it gets closer to the city of Americus. The use of jointed rail will certainly give patrons that familiar clickety-clack sound of steel wheel on ste... (more)
After a quick station stop at the Georgia Veterans State Park, the entire Watermelon Express train comprised of 7 passenger cars and 1 head end power car can be seen crossing over man-made Lake Bl... (more)
The dust being kicked up by the 1540 gives an example of just how fast the Watermelon Express is moving through the small town of Leslie. Not only is this small town on the former SAL route home ... (more)
A nostalgic searchlight signal still protects the interlocking of CSX with its former SAL route to Savannah which now is used by the Heart of Georgia railroad. Today’s SAM Watermelon Express trai... (more)
After a very quick interchange with the Georgia Central, a pair of HOG GP40's get moving with the train from Savannah on its way to the inland port in Cordele,GA.
The SAM Shortline Excursion train heads west from Cordele and crosses the busy mainlines of CSX and Norfolk Southern. The dwarf signal protects the interlocking and is lined by CSX dispatch for us... (more)
HOG GP40-2 1540, one of the few units painted in this sharp scheme leads the SAM Shortline passenger train across the diamond in downtown Cordele, GA
The SAM excursion train crosses both CSX and NS diamonds on its way westbound.
The SAM excursion train sits in the depot.