Railfanning Savannah and Hilton Head areas

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Railfanning Savannah and Hilton Head areas

Postby expbusop » Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:06 pm

Need suggestions on watching some trains in Savannah--Hilton Head area while on vacation. Any help is appreciated.
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Re: Railfanning Savannah and Hilton Head areas

Postby lakeshoredave » Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:03 am

CSX's A Line north and south of there is probably the busiest line into Savannah. There are spots in Savannah but I do not know exactly where to sit in Savannah. I think the Amtrak Station is a good bet.
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Re: Railfanning Savannah and Hilton Head areas

Postby Noel Weaver » Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:28 am

From Savannah it would probably only take you a couple of hours or so to drive down to Folkston which is the very best
place anywhere in the southeast for watching trains. Jesup is closer and there are also facilities for watching trains there
too although I haven't checked it out.
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Re: Railfanning Savannah and Hilton Head areas

Postby trainfun » Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:18 pm

There are no operating railroads on Hilton Head Island. Some folks do like the Savannah Amtrak station, but I've never been there. I can second Mr. Weaver's recommendation of Folkston, GA. The drive from Savannah to Folkston takes about 2 hours and fifteen minutes. You will see more trains there than at any location in the Hilton Head/Savannah area. There are other threads on Folkston on this forum, so I'd recommend a search. The railfan platform adjacent to the tracks has WiFi if you are interested in ATCS, a public bathroom nearby, and scanners broadcast through clear speakers. You can also find overnight accommodations.

I realize this is an older thread, but I'm replying in case anyone else is interested.
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Re: Railfanning Savannah and Hilton Head areas

Postby Sylvain727 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:59 pm

:-D The towns of Hardeeville,Ridgeland and Yemassee are good for watching trains
on the CSX Charleston sub in the Hilton Head Island Area.

I know they're passing very often. There's a lot train traffic there.

In Georgia,the Savannah Amtrak Station could be a good spot for watching CSX and Amtrak trains included
Jesup and Folkston in the south of the Georgia close to the state of Florida border.
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Re: Railfanning Savannah and Hilton Head areas

Postby sery2831 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:46 am

I will be visiting Savannah mid March. I have been to the Amtrak station to check out Amtrak service at night and have caught some freight. But the place isn't good for photography.

Is there any one new on this board with some suggestions since this thread was started for the Savannah area?
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