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Memories from 2014: Sylvester's train depot under renovation

Engine 100 moved freight and passengers for about two decades until diesel electrics came along Engine 100 moved freight and passengers for about two decades until diesel electrics came along
The railroad put Sylvester on the map, though trains hardly ever come to town anymore The railroad put Sylvester on the map, though trains hardly ever come to town anymore
The old depot is getting a new metal roof The old depot is getting a new metal roof
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

Sylvester's historic downtown which is such a vital part of the city.   Restoration work is underway to preserve the train depot, which spawned the city in the late 1890's.  

The roof is being replaced, and the inside will be gutted.     

City officials say they're bringing it back to the original look. The exterior is a farmer's market.

"I think you can judge a community by its downtown. It's where our community began and it's very important to preserve that history in our community," said Mayor Bill Yearta.       

The project should be complete by the end of the year.     

The Old 100 engine, which ran for a couple of decades on the old Georgia, Ashburn, Sylvester, and Camilla Railroad, was donated to the city back in the late 1950s.

Its display was also renovated a few years ago.  The steam locomotive is a familiar sight right along Highway 82 at Jeffords Park, at the intersection of US 82 and GA 112.

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