- Associated Press - Sunday, August 21, 2016

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A historic marker will be erected in honor of a train featured in the film “Fried Green Tomatoes” that traveled through Auburn for 45 years.

The Auburn Heritage Association will place the marker to The Crescent passenger train Sunday at the historic Auburn train depot, the Opelika-Auburn News (https://bit.ly/2bwEaiD) reported.

The marker will be the first to honor The Crescent along its route, said board member Charles Hendrix.

“This marker is about a train, the moving object, but it’s more about the people who ran the train,” Hendrix said. “These are jobs that don’t exist anymore: porters, conductors, firemen who would stoke the coal into the engine, engineers, cooks.”

The train stopped carrying passengers through Auburn in 1970. It’s now housed in the Georgia Train Museum in Duluth, Georgia.

During operations, the heavy Pacific engine train made two stops a day in Auburn. It was part of a group of three trains that connected travelers from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans.

The train traveled from Atlanta to Montgomery daily, and became a staple for Auburn community members.

Margaret Humburg, an Auburn resident, rode The Crescent during a field trip in 1944. She said the train was a source of entertainment for her and other growing up.

“I just had tremendous awe over the train station through the years,” Humburg said. “I can still see the train stopping. I can almost smell that smell and the conductor with his black uniform and black hat. I can still almost hear, ‘All aboard.’”

Attendees will also be entered into a drawing to win a replica of the green sister train of The Crescent, which is in the Smithsonian Institution.


Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, https://www.oanow.com/

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