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Recalling Trains And Long Ago Summer Days

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Last updated 7/20/2020 at 1:44pm

It’s that time of year, right around July 4. Grandmother came to visit us in Flat Rock.

Back in the ‘50s all was a buzz around 9 a.m. at the Southern Railway’s little Flat Rock station. We would always arrive just before train number 9, the Skyland Special, made his station stop coming from Jacksonville. It was led by two powerful green and gold Southern railway diesels. One diesel had been picked up in Tryon in order to make it up the Saluda grade, the steepest climb anywhere in North America for a train of its type. The train carried a buffet diner, streamlined coaches (one going t...

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