Out There Somewhere

"Out There...Somewhere": Saying goodbye to the old train bridge

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - On a cold Friday, armed with his camera John Minor came to say goodbye.

"I'm a train nut, you know we chase trains around the southeast."

The train bridge over Gordon Highway dates back to the 40's when it was wood. The current steel version showed up in 1954.

Now going on 65 it's being retired, removed to make way for the widening of the road.

Jarrett Williams has traveled under it many times...

"I'm all for progress but the status of the bridge...it's not going to look the same," Jarrett. said  

"You're going to miss it?"

"Yeah," he said.  

John agrees, with the growth out here, it's in the way. But he doesn't have to like it. 

"We like the old ways, sometimes...and I'm a train nut and that's a train bridge," John said. 

"With everything that's changing around town, whether here or Augusta, it's just too many changes at once," said Jarrett. 

So it's time to say good bye to the old bridge. It's done its job, fulfilled its purpose. For its fans, they're going to miss it. But not because of its looks...

"I'm sure you've seen a lot of bridges it is a pretty bridge?"

"No it's an ugly bridge," John said with a laugh. 

A little ugly maybe. But seeing it go isn't pretty either. 

"I've seen that bridge since I was a kid, how old am I getting?" said Jarrett with a laugh. 

They're talking about the old train bridge. 

"It's what I do chase trains around," said John  

"And ugly bridges."

"And ugly bridges yeah," John said. 

They saw the light and they hate to see it go. 

Out There Somewhere in Augusta, George Eskola WJBF NewsChannel 6. 


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