Most railfans are well aware of the “Folkston Funnel”. In this small South Georgia city 20 miles west of Interstate 95 on Georgia Highway 40 you will find a magical place that loves and welcomes railfans. Not only is there a platform provided by the City of Folkston to watch trains (see photograph), there is plenty of free parking, plenty of railfans to talk to, a radio to listen to the train crews, a well lit safe place to watch trains at night, and a town that is very proud of its railroad heritage. If your son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson, or granddaughter loves the Lionel Polar Express, a side trip off the Interstate would be a very rewarding, fun experience for the whole family.
Travel Hint: Folkston, Georgia is on US Highway 301- before the construction of Interstate 95 this highway was the main road for Florida vacationers. Check out the old motels and old roadside businesses to capture the feel of traveling US highways in the 1940s-1950s.