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1945:

Franklin Roosevelt died at his Warm Springs, Ga., home and his body was carried along the Southern Railway back to Washington D.C. In Greenville the train stopped for 37 minutes while the engines were switched.

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TODAY:

Today the train depot of 1945 is gone and another set of tracks runs through the site of the old building.

Historic photograph available from the Greenville Historical Society 

The crowd waits for the Roosevelt funeral train at the Greenville depot. On April 12, 1945, Franklin Roosevelt died at his Warm Springs, Ga., home. His body was carried along the Southern Railway back to Washington D.C. At towns all along the route, grieving Americans gathered to see the train pass. At most towns the train merely slowed down as it passed the depot. In Greenville the train stopped for 37 minutes while the engines were switched. Greenville Mayor C. Fred McCullough presented wreaths to be placed in the funeral car.

[ From “Remembering Greenville: Photographs From the Coxe Collection” by Jeffrey R. Willis. ]

[new photo by Kaleb Love, Norfolk Southern]

Today the train depot of 1945 is gone and another set of tracks runs through the site of the old building. Only the concrete pad seen in the photo of 1945 with the crowd and soldiers on it remains between two rail lines in the center of this photo. Norfolk Southern operates out of the current train depot, which is also home to an Amtrak station. A historic marker was placed at the Norfolk Southern train trestle south of the depot along the Swamp Rabbit Trail commemorating the passing of the FDR funeral train.

 

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