One of the things I enjoy in life is looking for my ancestors. Wednesday I went to Floyd, LA looking for my great grandmother’s grave. I took a pleasant trip across the Mississippi River into Louisiana on I-20W. Once in Tallulah, LA I drove north up US Hwy 65 to the small, but friendly little town of Transylvania, LA. Yes, it does have a bat on the water tower there. Dumb old me forgot to take a picture of that one so I borrowed one from the internet. However, I did take a photo of Dracula on the office door in the gas station where I stopped to ask directions to Floyd.
After receiving directions into the flat Delta land of Louisiana I took off to who knows where, hoping they were correct. Driving down winding and narrow bumpy road I finally arrived in Floyd.
Disappointed I did not find my Grandmothers grave we left to good old Mississippi. On the way home a found the best photo opportunity I have had in a long time. I noticed the railroad tracks that followed along Hwy 65 were warped and rusty and the ties were horrible. I thought surely they don’t use that line anymore. Boy, was I wrong. Further up the road I saw the following trains. I talked to a man named Joe who said he was an engineer. I don’t know if he was but I took him at his word. I asked if they still used this line. He told me that they sure do. They can only travel between 7mph and 12mph but they do use them and they are constantly working on them. It is a small company that travels between Tallulah and Lake Providence. They have another in Monroe. Well, I will not keep you in suspense any longer. You tell me if you would ride down this rail in this train. Introducing the Southern Delta Railroad.