RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
Todd's Railfan Guide to
An Amtrak station and a classically styled signal bridge make for a quick little stop if you're travelling the I-85 corridor between Atlanta GA and Charlotte NC.
If you happened to catch NS coming thru, your in luck, and a local ties up north of the station, and part of the train usually sits over I-85 off hours.
Judging from the USGS map, Gastonia once had three roads coming thru: the Southern (Atlanta line), the Carolina and Northwestern, and the Piedmont and Northern.
Other close towns of interest are Blacksburg and
Gaffney SC, and Charlotte NC.
Easy as pie, exit 19 off of I-85 puts you right near the "action". Both the station and the signals are located off E Airline Ave.
1 Amtrak Station
1 ex Southern Railway Signal Bridge
Textbook example of a classic style. Easily accessed off of E Airline Ave as can be seen in the Google satellite view.
Switch Machine Detail
Located near the station.
A nice cut through town offers a place to catch a few shots.
Gastonia Transit Center
A small yard is to the north of the interstate, most is accessible from Warren Ave.
If you're lucky, you may be able to catch something
moving down Broad Street.
Not actual street running, but nevertheless, should make for an interesting picture!
Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names. Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations. I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area. Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature. While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make my trips a lot more interesting, like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!
Last Modified 16-Sep-2013