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Tifton's Steam Locomotive

The depot at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture. (No locomotive in the photo because it only runs on Saturdays and the author hasn't managed to get there on a Saturday. See this photo at Flickr instead.)

The Georgia Museum of Agriculture (formerly Agrirama) has a 1917 Vulcan Iron Works 0-4-0 saddle tank locomotive built in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Restored in 1998, the 36-inch gauge steamer takes Saturday visitors on a 1.3-mile trip around the museum's grounds.

Other steam locomotives at the museum are No. 3, a 1924 Porter narrow-gauge 0-4-0 once used by New Jersey's Raritan River Sand Company, as well as the rusting remains of two Glover 0-6-0 tank engines. The standard-gauge Glovers served Cherokee Brick & Tile Company as that enterprise's No. 6 and No. 7. (These locomotives are in storage and not accessible to visitors.)

Tifton, the county seat of Tift County, is on I-75 in south Georgia.


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