Ponce Living -December 2018

Ponce & Peachtree Covering Peachtree, Piedmont, Virginia Highland, Morningside, Little Five Points, & Grant Park • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Previously Ponce Press and Midtown Messenger Volume 28, No. 12 • DECEMBER 2018 Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Expands toNewSkylineDisplays Tickets are on sale now for Atlanta’s favorite holiday tradition, Garden Lights, Holiday Nights , featuring a new twist on last year’s popular towering three-dimensional light curtain, new displays and a lounge in the Skyline Garden. The show, presented nightly through January 6, also will feature several of the giant topiary-like sculptures from this summer’s popular mosaiculture exhibition, Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time – all shown in a whole new light. Here Are Five Highlights Not To Miss: • Debuting last year, “Nature’s Wonders” returns to Storza Woods with its hundreds of vertically hung strings of multi-colored lights suspended from the treetops over the Canopy Walk. This year’s display includes new music, cho- reography and sound effects in which the more than 70,000 color-changing LED bulbs create images of Northern Lights, a storm at sea and a gentle snowfall, among others. Continued on page 6 Rare CSX Locomotive Added to SE Railway Museum This vintage 1974 locomotive, old No. 8954, is the first of its kind to be exhibited in a museum. It recalls one of the popular perennial Christmas gifts, an electric train. August 31 was a red-letter day for the SE Railway Museum at 3595 Buford Hwy. in Duluth: Norfolk South- ern delivered there a rare locomotive, donated by CSX Transportation, that’s the first of its kind ever on public display. Train fans are excited. It’s an Electro-Motive Die- sel (EMD) built CSX No. 8954, vintage 1974, a 44-year old beauty. One of only 136 constructed out of McCook, Illinois between 1972 and 1974, it’s the very last of the model developed. Railroads, like banks, seemingly always have a complicated history. The old Seaboard Coast Line, a predecessor of CSX, purchased this unit along with 14 others in 1974. It later served the Family Line Systems and the Seaboard System before the lines consolidated into CSX, which rolls through Tucker, Decatur, and the Ponce environs. The company kept No. 8954 in its later years in good freight service up until 2011. Even when retired it served for training at the CSX Railroad Educa- tion and Development facility at Tilford Yard in Atlanta, subsequently shuttered. Finally the railroad designated 8954 as surplus and, service done, it was time for a true, honorable retirement. Continued on page 5