Railcars and Rural America – Mixed Train Daily

The Bowden Railroad Co – its sole rolling stock 1940s /50s

1953 Mixed Train Daily – one of my favourite railway books

One of the things I like about the Internet age is how you can drop in on small communities for a short while.

I often do this whilst browsing the Forgotten Georgia blogpost and its Facebook page.

Reading Mixed Train Daily, I come across little historical nuggets of rural and wild-west America or Americana that have survived into the late 1940s and early 1950s.

The Bowdon Railroad of west Georgia is one such curiousity. Bowdon Railroad used to link up with one of the Georgia main lines at Bowdon Junction, providing the rail link to the City of Bowdon (“The Friendly City”) located in Carroll County, Georgia.


Bowdon now has a population of about 2,000, twice what it had in the railroad days of the 1940s and 50s This is more like the population numbers of a small town or larger village in the United Kingdom and quite different from the average city in the United Kingdom with its requirement to have a Cathedral, despite the occasional granting of recent smaller Millennium UK cities.

I like this evocative Short Lines Map of Georgia from Mixed Train Daily

The Bowdon empire

Through the wonders of the Interweb you can drop in on Bowdon as a community today through its website – see http://www.bowdon.net

You can see on the photo gallery who has received Business of the Month this time.


You can even see the Founder’s Day Parade video on YouTube, as if you’re standing by the side of the road and wandering around. https://youtu.be/IB1W2_LY7Tg

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN on 20 October 2020.


Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

2 thoughts on “Railcars and Rural America – Mixed Train Daily”

  1. A most interesting post. I popped by Bowdon this morning via your links and enjoyed my visit. I find rail cars fascinating in all their shapes and forms. I like the diy nature of them and the sheer quirkiness they exude.


    1. Small town America, always fascinating.

      Strange to think of all the Covid restrictions there in Bowdon GA and the electioneering going on etc. on the other side of the world. It’s like knowing some of the American gamers through their Facebook groups and blogs, talking about their hobby shops closing down etc.

      Mixed Train Daily is quite a melancholy book, the author and photographer knew they were watching these train lines fade away, some slowly, some rapidly.

      As well as my favourite Forgotten Georgia blog / Facebook group of bits of bypassed and decaying Americana, I have been watching Stranger Things on a Netflix trial and this is recreated 1980s small town America (Indiana), a feel good movie but with supernatural sci-fi menace, channeling all those 80s ET / Close Encounters / Stand by Me / Goonies / Gremlin Spielberg family / kid movies.

      I tried your Cardinal series on BBC Iplayer which was beautifully filmed snowy landscape but the content far far far too gruesome to watch.


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