Railwatchers from all over the states and the world come to watch train videos and trains at the Historic Train Depot and the Folkston Funnel Platform. Enjoy the camaraderie and films along with food and photography and gift items.
"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.
"The Annual Rail Watch" event will be held April 14, 2012. www.folkston.com. email@example.com 912-496-2536