Historic Duluth Train Depot

1871 Railroad Depot keeps part of the Atlanta area’s history alive


Preserving history is such a hit-or-miss thing.  There are so many buildings and other historic sites that are destroyed either on purpose or simply through neglect.  In the case of this building, there was quite a bit of effort to keep this piece of history in tact.

The Duluth Train Depot was originally opened in 1871 to serve the cotton trade that was active in this area about 30 miles Northeast of the city of Atlanta.  When first opened, there was no other rail service to this area and the depot played a major role in expanding economic activity here and connecting the city more conveniently to Atlanta.

The depot was operated by Southern Railway, part of today’s Norfolk Southern Corporation up until the 1950’s. The building was turned over to the City of Duluth and was idle until it was sold to a local developer.  The depot was moved twice before becoming part of the Southeastern Railway Museum in 2008.

The building was completely restored and re-opened to the public in 2011.  Although it is not in its original location, it now stands along part of the same rail line that it had served 145 years ago.  It took a lot of special attention to keep this historic building alive but, I think we lose too much when we let our past fall into ruin.

This is a great place to go absorb some feeling of a time gone by.

Southeastern Railway Museum
3595 Buford Highway
Duluth, GA 30096

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
14mm at f/10 – 1/20 sec – ISO 100

Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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