Train watching is year-round as the trains never stop in Folkston. However, the trains that rumble through our town attracts rail fans from all over the nation and globe at Railwatch. These semi-annual events take place in the second weekend of April and the first weekend of December. These train-watching festival’s appear to grow each year, especially since the Folkston Funnel comes up on any online search for train watchers. The event takes place at the Folkston Funnel viewing platform located on Railroad Street in downtown Folkston. The expansive covered platform is equipped with a scanner tuned to CSXT’s frequencies, free WI FI, ceiling fans, lights, electric outlets, and flood lights for nighttime viewing, picnic tables, and grill and public restrooms. Most train watchers congregate here on Railwatch Day, but train lovers also line the tracks all over town, bringing lawn chairs, and even campers or motor homes. Train watchers can enjoy photography, videos, a potluck barbeque, a photography contest, and – of course – train watching.
Nearly fifty years ago this train museum was a bustling train depot. Today, you can find the same depot well preserved as the Folkston Railroad Transportation Museum. This town’s passion for their railroad heritage is much of what keeps the history alive and thriving. Through the efforts of many, visitors can explore genuine railroad artifacts, tour the Cookie Williams Model Train Room, see a one-of-a-kind radio exhibit spanning four decades of radio communication, and learn about the railroad history that shaped the lives and culture of Folkston’s people.
NO LIMITS CHARTERS
Join Captain Diane Pollock on their “Rails on the River” charter. This tour has been designed specially for avid train watchers. These tours depart from Traders Hill and follows the St. Marys River to an active train trestle that crosses the river. From the deck of the boat, passengers have an unobstructed view of the trains as they rumble over the trestle. This is great place for getting unique train photos!