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by train, one day by covered wagon, one day by horse, one day by foot, and then after one day of walking, you would climb up a tree and be in Rabun County. It was pretty prim- itive. The reason that they stopped passenger service was that they hit a log truck in Demorest. They were coming back south. When the en- gine hit the log truck, it did nine- ty dollars-worth of damage to the locomotive. It did about one hundred dollars-worth of dam- age to a passenger car. They couldn’t afford to fix it; so, it shows you how much of a shoestring budget the TF had. They couldn’t afford to fix two hundred dollars-worth of damage, but there were a lot of busi- nesses and a lot of people that relied on the railroad. If it wasn’t for the railroad, I don’t think that North Georgia and western North Carolina would be what it is today. was built in 1919. It is still on the side of the road up in Tallulah Falls. The Tiger station sat right in the middle of town, unlike the Clayton Depot. Clayton was interesting because it didn’t sit up on the Main Street. It sat down on Savannah Street. It was made completely out of stone instead of brick, and it was one of the prettiest stations on the railroad. Walt Disney used it in one of his scenes in the movie, “The Great Locomotive Chase”. There are still portions of the building in Rabun County. There are pieces of it in a few public buildings, from what I’ve been told. The railroad went on after passenger service stopped. They continued to run a pretty regular schedule, but they struggled for money. They had never been a really rich railroad. They had always been pretty tight on the shoestring budget. What gave them money to keep on operating was that Walt Disney came here in 1955 and The next big station on the railroad would have been filmed “The Great Locomotive Chase.” He brought in Franklin (North Carolina). That is where the railroad three steam locomotives, one of which was built in would turn their trains around, ready to come back 1850. It pulled President Lincoln’s funeral frame after towards Cornelia. It was a pretty station. he was assassinated. It sat right on the corner of North Bank Street and Depot Street. It sat where the Hot Spot is now in Franklin. The railroad was supposed to continue on towards Bryson City, but they ran out of mon- ey. As things change now and things get developed, it’s a little bit harder to see what was once there. One of the founders of Rabun Gap Na- coochee School liked to say that if you were to get to Rabun County before the railroad, you would take one day 7