In celebration of National Railroad Day, May 11th, 2013, the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, partnering with the Flint River Model Railroad Club and the North American Railcar Operators Association will be hosting an event, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Plains Depot. Exhibits and displays will include model trains and full size working railcars. Railcars such as the ones on display were used to inspect the rails and make repairs as needed.
Railroads and trains were an essential part of transportation when Jimmy Carter was growing up in the late 1920's and early 1930's. Trains were the main source of speedy, long distance transportation as the majority of people couldn't afford to own a car. Trains carried produce to distant markets where the crops could be sold for higher prices than they could locally. Trains also brought items purchased from catalogs and through the mail from all over the country, to the little town of Plains, Georgia.