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“Trainspotting and a good wireless connection” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Folkston Funnel Train Viewing Platform

Folkston Funnel Train Viewing Platform
Main St., Folkston, GA 31537
(912) 496-2536
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Ranked #3 of 5 attractions in Folkston
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Observation Decks/ Towers
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Trainspotting and a good wireless connection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

With locals and folks who travel to Folkston specifically to spend hours or days trainspotting, it is fun to while away the time, sitting side by side, casually shooting the breeze in between "defect checks" over the loudspeaker that list the number of axels of the trains, distance away, etc. A wireless connection allows researching the railcars or just surfing the web while awaiting the next train. Having never trainspotted before, I found it to be strangely relaxing, rather amusing and an unexpectedly nice opportunity to meet and chat with local people.

Visited July 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Back again and as fun as ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

It was July 4th weekend, so it was super hot on the platform (I don't know why they didn't build it across the street by the museum where there is a much better breeze!!!) but it was still a great time. My son loves trains and the people are so friendly here and helpful to him. He always makes great new friends! Can't wait to comeback again!

Visited July 2013
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Cairo, Georgia
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Train watcher's paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

It doesn't get much better than Folkston for railfanning! The viewing platform offers ceiling fans, electric outlets, Wi-Fi, chairs, picnic tables, a grill, and a scanner tuned to the local CSX channels. The platform is covered and has wheelchair access. There is a unisex bathroom on-site. You can expect to see 40-60 trains on an average day so lulls can develop but Folkston is a quaint, beautiful town and you should take the down time to explore the downtown area. You will not be bothered by local police or CSX police as long as you stay off railroad property. In fact, the local PD will ride by a few times per night to check on those dedicated enough to stay out all night. For a railfan this is as good as it gets...for the rest of the family, try the Okefenokee Swamp or the many activities in Jacksonville.

Visited April 2013
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DeFuniak Springs, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Area was fantastic and a must for any rail fan. Covered sitting area with bathrooms and wifi on location.

Visited April 2013
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DeFuniak Springs, Florida
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“Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Excellent spot for train fans. Was able to sit under cover and watch trains. Area even has wifi and electric outlets. Was even able to make a cup of coffee. Bathrooms on location.

Visited April 2013
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