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Tour name: Railroad Revival Tour

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The historic train depot in Duluth, Georgia was once a major gateway to the Southeastern United States. Built in 1871, the depot was constructed by a predecessor of the Southern Railway, part of today's Norfolk Southern Corp. The railroad primarily served the cotton trade, which was cultivated on a reported 50,000 acres in the area. The later addition of a passenger station at Duluth made the city a center for shipping and commercial travel. Rail travel offered convenient access to Atlanta for business and shopping. The train also became a social fixture, with evening arrival of "Belle", one of the daily trains to and from the city, became a popular gathering time for local residents.