Gainesville's Steam Locomotive

Locomotive no. 209 at Gainesville

(2013 photo)

Gainesville Midland No. 209 (SAL No. 533), a 2-10-0 Baldwin "decapod," stands near the old Gainesville Midland Depot (now the Arts Council Depot) downtown. A small railroad museum here is open by appointment. (At corner of Jesse Jewell Parkway and W. Academy Street downtown).

View of no. 209 from tender end

No. 209 served the Gainesville Midland Railway, which was sold to the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in 1959. It has been at this location since 1978. (2013 photo).

Close-up view of drive wheels

A decapod (meaning "ten-footed") was a name given to locomotives with ten drive wheels. (2013 photo).

1966 photo by George Lane

No. 209 in 1966.
Photo credit: George Lane, SSAVE. Some photo rights reserved; see this link at Creative Commons. For source photo, see this page at Flickr.

The Gainesville Midland line from Gainesville to Athens remains in service, operated today by CSX.

poultry monument and locomotive

Across the street from the locomotive stands a monument, referred to by local wags as the "chick on a stick," honoring the poultry industry, long a mainstay of the area's economy. (2013 photos).

sculpted chicken

Gainesville, the county seat of Hall County, is off I-985 about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta.


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