One of the omnipresent sounds in Atlanta are railroad horns in the distance. Even as I write this, I can hear their echoes. Growing up in Brookhaven and Chamblee in the 1960s, the first train I knew was the old Southern Railway, which made its way from the northeast into the city by way of Duluth and Norcross, then heading past Lenox into Atlanta on rails more or less parallel to Peachtree.
By the early 1980s, the Norfolk Southern, a holding company of the Southern Railway, had formed. Its vast network of rail lines was headquartered in Norfolk, VA and extended to 22 states in the eastern U.S. Norfolk Southern has a Georgia division that blankets the state with Atlanta North and Atlanta South districts and a Nor-cross district as well.
Downtown Chamblee has an office building resembling a train station and a general freight classification train yard. In Inman Park there is an Intermodal classification yard as well, and both properties are visible on MARTA routes that run by these sites. Passenger trains, a real throwback, stop at Brookwood, Atlanta’s only working st Read more...
Fernbank LINKS offers middle and high school students a STEM organization based program at Fernbank Science Center. The program is devoted to building robots, developing minds and changing lives. The Fernbank LINKS team is made up of students from 22 different schools in the Atlanta area including public, private and home schools.
Fernbank LINKS is designed to inspire a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in students, with a focus on introducing children and young adults to the possibilities and rewards of the STEM fields through education and hands-on experience, leadership skills and the technical knowledge necessary to pursue careers in these fields and succeed in a global community.
Fernbank LINKS programs include Science Night Out, which offers hands-on STEM activities led by Fernbank scientists, LINKS Robotics high school students, and mentors of the LINKS Robotics team.
The Fernbank Robotics Competition Team 4468 has competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition since 2013. The competition challenges student with strict g Read more...
Since 2004, the distinguished Georgian Revival building at 683 Peachtree St. NE has been known as the Atlanta Hotel Indigo, but its legacy dates back to 1925. An instant Midtown landmark, it predates the Fox Theatre across the street, which opened its doors in 1929. When the elegant, sturdy 12-story hotel first made the scene in Atlanta with impressive brick and limestone veneers and terracotta accents, it was known as the “The Carlton,” after its principal investor. The name is carved into the exterior frieze between the second and third floors and is just as visible today as it was years ago.
The Atlanta architectural firm of Pringle and Smith designed The Carlton as an apartment hotel for bachelors during the prosperous ‘20s. An ideal residence for unmarried men and widowers, it offered the privacy and harmony of a well-ordered home, in a manner that was characteristic of NYC. Originally, the top three floors were reserved for the “Bell House Boys,” men who had originally lived in an exclusive, selective boarding house owned by Mrs. Emma Bell on Walton St.
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There are many ways to help people in need not only during the holiday season but also throughout the year.
Here are a few organizations to consider supporting.
The Friends of St. Martin de Porres Food Ministry at Holy Cross Catholic Church, in operation since 1982, feeds families in crisis, the homeless and children in need. Men and women are needed to fill volunteer positions in the food pantry, to pick up food and handle other tasks.
The Friends of St. Martin de Porres Food Pantry is open Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. -11:45. a.m. Donations of nonperishable food items can be made during pantry hours. Call 770-939-3501 or visit the food pantry office in the back of Holy Cross Catholic Church at 3773 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta, GA 30341 during pantry hours for information.
Wellspring Living is dedicated to helping domestic sex trafficking victims and the ‘at risk’ develop the courage to move forward and the confidence to succeed with Wellspring Living for Girls which provides secure housing, trauma therapy, education, life skills and confide Read more...
G-scale choo choo trains and a holiday trolley chug along six tracks in an imaginary, beautifully planted mountain landscape. They emerge from tunnels, cross bridges over rippling water, and soar across trestles. Small towns, train stops, and other structures dot the landscape. The trains depart during Garden Lights, Holiday Nights hours and regular daytime hours.
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