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THIS “Second Saturday” at the Chatsworth Depot--Model Trains and More!!!
The Chatsworth Depot, located on First Avenue in downtown Chatsworth was the local gathering place in the city’s earliest days. On June 13, and on several second Saturdays after that, the depot will return to that tradition. Music, trains, food, history, and socializing will again bring folks to this historic building.
June 13 will be the second in this summer’s series of FREE concerts. Leading off will be local soloist Mason McGill, grand-daughter of Iris McGill Graham a long time Home Economist with the Georgia Extension Service in Murray County. The Tin Cup Rattlers will be the featured act as they perform soulful renditions of traditional Appalachian music. The outdoor concert will start at 2pm. Bring your lawn chairs. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
An added theme for the June date will be model trains. The Georgia Garden Railway Society will be setting up an outdoor model railroad around the caboose in the back of the depot. Garden Railroading has become popular over the last few years as it gets couples involved in the hobby of model trains by combining the model trains with flower gardening. A Live Steam Train will be operated on an outdoor track. Live Steam are models that actually run just like the old steam trains-they are just smaller. The National Model Railroad Association will have an operating HO scale train layout. HO scale is the most popular scale for model railroaders. The depot has its own Lionel train that will be operating for guests to enjoy. G-Scale trains and models are part of the displays. Rolling Stock Trains from Atlanta will also be on hand selling starter sets and accessories.
“If you liked the December Polar Express at the depot, you and your family will love this train event”, stated depot committee member and train enthusiast Ted Yarbrough.
The Wright Hotel, where train passengers often spent the night, and the Section House that was the home of the railroad foreman responsible for overseeing the Chatsworth “section” of the railroad will be open for tours as well. Tours will be available from 11am until 4 pm. These buildings feature period furnishings along with historic displays of early Murray County history.
Sponsors of this June 13 Second Saturday are Murray County’s elected officials including County Commissioner Brittany Pittman; Donna Flood, Clerk of Superior Court; Sheriff Gary Langford; Charlotte Keener, Tax Commissioner; Probate Judge Dale Adams; and Gale Buckner, Magistrate Judge. The Depot is located off Market Street two blocks east of U.S. 411.
 

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Video posted on the Georgia Garden Railway Society's web page.
 
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