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Source: http://www.mtairynews.com

by Tom Joyce
Trains have held a fascination for Mike King since he was 3 years old, but his professional involvement with them soon will end when King closes his model-train store in downtown Mount Airy.

Since September 1995, Dry Bridge Station has been a popular stop for railroading enthusiasts in Surry County and other parts of North Carolina and Virginia.

Those venturing into the business on North Main Street have encountered a miniature world of locomotives, freight and passenger cars, tracks, buildings and scenery — helping them pursue a widespread interest dating to the mid-1850s when trains first steamed into American culture.

However, shelves at Dry Bridge Station have become a little emptier in recent days due to King reducing his inventory in anticipation of the store’s closing, the date of which had not been set as of Tuesday.

Although he has a lifelong interest in trains, King said he decided to retire from the store that he has operated with the help of Beulah Whitaker, its only full-time employee.

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Where are the best stores in NC where you can go, run some model trains and purchase the one’s you like? There are so many in the state.

Dry Bridge Station is in Mount Airy, NC. Mount Airy (Mayberry) itself is a pretty special place. For me, add an awesome train store with a cool layout where kids can watch and run some trains and you’ve got a 2nd home! Located right on Main Street in the middle of Downtown Mount Airy, Dry Bridge Station features all scales…O, N, HO, Z and many others. They also carry all the Thomas gear.

Owner, Mike King tells a good story on their website

Trains flowed in my blood early.  Etched in my memory is Daddy’s return from the Pacific in July, 1945.  Perched on a wp5a405a79_0fbaggage cart, I watched the train hiss to a stop.  After much confusion, I was snatched up and hugged by a man in uniform, then a stranger.  In December, my older brother got a train set.  As Daddy and I got acquainted that spring, he would take me to Pomona yard in Greensboro, North Carolina to watch the switching operations while he listened to the baseball game on the radio.  In September 1995, I opened Dry Bridge Station, a model train store.  The seed planted fifty years earlier began to sprout.

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Source: Wall Street Journal

By STUART FERGUSON

Seeing Henry Morrison Flagler and John Ringling’s private railroad cars — their interiors, furniture and opalescent glass skylights gleaming from recent renovations — you’d never know that by the 1950s one had become housing for migrant farm workers, and another a fishing shack. Now, thanks to the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Fla., and the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fla., visitors can get a glimpse of the lives of tycoons whose careers were so closely intertwined with rail travel.

Flagler (1830-1913) created the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC), and Ringling (1866-1936) was advance man for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, owned by him and four of his six brothers. Both men used their cars for business and only incidentally for pleasure.

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Source: CNN.com

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By Stephanie Chen – CNN
 
FOLKSTON, Georgia (CNN) — Rain or shine, 80-year-old Cookie Williams plops himself on the wooden viewing platform perched over double train tracks.

On this warm May afternoon, a patient Williams sits slouched, legs crossed and arms relaxed, donning his vintage CSX railroad company cap littered with miniature train pendants.

He is waiting for a train.

A scanner, listening for oncoming train signals, crackles in the background as it picks up some conductor chatter.

He waits some more.

“A lot of people in this town thought I was on the kooky side,” said Williams, who is retired from the paper and pulp industry. “But I love it. I’ve loved these trains ever since I was a kid.”

Folkston, Georgia, where Williams lives, is one of many train hot spots nationwide. Here, the blasting train noises are jokingly called “Folkston music.” With up to 60 trains crawling loudly through the quaint town each day, it’s become an attraction for fans eager to collect train images and sounds.

In 2001, Williams, who grew up by a train track, pushed town officials to construct a viewing platform with picnic tables, wireless Internet and a scanner to detect oncoming trains. The Southeast Georgia town reports that at least 12,500 visitors from all over the world visit the platform to watch trains each year.

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One of the other categories I’d like to cover in this forum is Train Stores. Where are the best stores in NC where you can go, run some model trains and purchase the one’s you like? There are so many in the state.

I’ll start with Dry Bridge Station in Mount Airy, NC. Mount Airy itself is a pretty special place. Throw in an awesome train store with a cool layout where kids can watch and run some trains and you’ve got a winner. Located right on Main Street in the middle of Andy Griffith-ville, Dry Bridge Station features all scales…O, N, HO, Z and many others. They also carry all the Thomas gear.

Visit the Dry Bridge Station Website!

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