Train WatchingTrain Watching
In to train watching? Downtown Dalton, Georgia is a rail-fan’s hot spot with 40 to 45 trains an average per day. Dalton is one of the few (if not only) places in Georgia where the CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway cross each other at grade. Norfolk Southern sold the former Southern Railway freight depot to the City of Dalton. The city has restored the old freight station and created an excellent train watching location, as well as a visitor’s center.
The platform along the building is ideal for video or photography. Benches, chairs and tables are available for train watchers to rest between trains. An ATCS video monitor displays the active dispatcher’s board so you know when the trains are coming; a radio audio feed also lets you listen in to the railroad action. For those who want to watch trains from ground level, no problem; a 4-foot high steel (iron looking) fence protects visitors from stepping foot on the railroad property.
The Dalton Freight Depot is located at 305 South Depot Street in Historic Downtown Dalton.
305 South Depot Street Dalton Georgia 30720 United States