The Coast / Folkston

Folkston Funnel Platform

3795 Main St.
Folkston, GA 31537

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"The Folkston Funnel" is located on MP 602.2 on the Nahunta Subdivision of the CSXT, Jacksonville services lane.  At this point, the Jesup Subdivision joins the Nahunta Sub.  From this point south it is double track main line to Jacksonville, Florida.The Nahunta Sub handles traffic from Savannah, Georgia and the Northeast.  The Jesup Sub handles traffic from Waycross, GA and the Mid-West.There are three defect detectors (DD) located in our area.  The Boulogne DD is located at MP 610.6 on the Nahunta Sub.  The Hague DD is located at MP 611.0 on the Jesup Sub.  The Newell DD is located at MP 592.0 on the Nahunta Sub.  These can be picked up on the scanner at the platform.All of CSXT's trains moving to Florida (except the few trains that go west) must pass through the Funnel.Waycross is the home of CSXT's Rice yard, the largest rail yard in the southeast.Manifest freights originating to the Rice yard move south to CSXT's Moncrief yard or Baldwin yard.  Trains originating in these yards move north to Waycross and Rice yard.Intermodal trains that originate in the northeast move south through Savannah, down the Nahunta Sub, to Jacksonville.  The intermodal trains from the Midwest move south through Atlanta down the Jesup Sub to Jacksonville.  The northbound trains just reverse the routing.  The unit coal trains originate in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia, and move south through the Funnel to the coal-fired generating plants in North and Central Florida.  When these trains are empty, they will return to the coal mines by reverse routing.In addition to these trains, you can see loaded and empty automobile rack trains and molten sulfur trains going to the Bone Valley in Central Florida.There are also eight Amtrak trains passing through the funnel each day; four southbound and four northbound.  The Auto Train is one of these.  It originates in Sanford, Florida and terminates in Lorton, Virginia.  The Tropicana Juice Train moves from Bradenton, Florida to Kearney, New Jersey five nights a week.The train watcher's platform is located on the east side of the Nahunta Sub at MP 602.6  The platform is equipped with a scanner tuned to CSXT's frequency 160.590 and 160.320.  It is controlled by a time switch located on the southern-most center post.  Ceiling fans were installed for those warm days and nights.  Lights and electric outlets are available.  Flood lights shine on the tracks from each end of the platform for night viewing.  A picnic table, grill and restrooms are available for visitors.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: All Day
    Monday: All Day
    Tuesday: All Day
    Wednesday: All Day
    Thursday: All Day
    Friday: All Day
    Saturday: All Day

    Facility Amenities

    Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Open Year 'Round

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Annual Rail Watch

    Annual Rail Watch

    04/01/2017 - 04/01/2017

    Rail watchers from all over the world come to watch trains at the Historic Depot Train Museum and the Folkston Funnel Platform. Enjoy photography, videos and other rail fans.

    "The Folkston Funnel" is located in downtown Folkston, Georgia. It is a CSXT double-track main line. All of CSXT's trains moving to and from Florida (except the few trains that go west) must pass through the funnel. There are six Amtrak trains passing through the funnel each day; the Auto Train is one of these. ... read more