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Tiny Terminus: For nearly 70 years, model trains have quietly circled tracks in Old Fourth Ward

Few passersby likely are aware that just above the Old 4th Distillery is a 1,400-square-foot, man-made landscape of hills, bridges, depots, and towns, with more than 93 working track switches. The Great Southern Lines is the largest model train layout in Atlanta.
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Sizing up the Atlanta Boat Show vs. the Atlanta Model Train Show

It’s the start of the 2016 trade show season, and this month hobbyists can take their pick between watercraft and miniature trains. Here’s what to expect at the two events.

What I learned riding the rails

Last year there were 1,953 collisions at railroad crossings across the United States—eighty-six in Georgia, which ranks No. 5 in the nation.

20. Go trainspotting

I grew up in Palmetto, a quarter mile from the old Atlanta and West Point Railroad tracks. The soundtrack of my life is the shrill call of the whistle and the low, distant thunder of wheels riding rail.

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