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Posted by Backyard on October 9, 2011
This rarely seen view is enjoyed because Kyle Yunker safely parked about a hundred yards away, and set up under the Hwy 41 overpass.
Access is I-75 Exit #285, "Emerson-Alatoona," North on Hwy 293. When you see the bridge overpass, your here.
The autos way in the background are separated from this location by a guardrail for added safety.
The view is railroad-north toward Emerson, the Etowah River and Cartersville on the busiest single track mainline in the USA.
You have options of up-close drive-by, long distance full train view with a mountain-view backdrop as the train pulls the steepest CSXT main line in Georgia, topping the hill here.
The Kudzu vine-covered cut amplifies sound along with passing under the bridge just behind where we are standing.
With another person driving, you can pace trains for about 9-miles through epic scenic views and train profiles, even passing under the running train as you enter Cartersville.
The mainline runs concrete ties from Marietta north.
At first glance, the location may seem remote until you realize there is a parking place just downhill, behind where we are, in view from here.
There is a well-known local lunchroom at the end of this siding in Emerson, featuring great "home-cooking," an ice-cream shop, a store and a gas station.
With a little planning, a scanner, ACTS-Monitor and a machete for the kudzu, you can enjoy a day of fascinating Class I railroad running in this but-one historic location in Northwest Georgia.
Thanks, Kyle for you efforts, I know you enjoyed this location!
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