The past is the present for future generations who do not know their history

Hundreds of years of experience…

is what this crew of Southern Railway men have collectively.

Southern Railway Annual Picnic 1953

Southern Railway Annual Picnic 1953

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2 responses

  1. Oh, the memories this photo brings back, thanks so much for sharing. I was raised in Muscle Shoals which was called Highland Park in those days. My granddaddy, Arthur Murner who was my Mother’s Daddy, worked for the Southern Railway!! I have no idea what his title was, but he had a crew of men, had their 2 train cars and stayed on the go repairing the tracks. Best I can recall, Big Daddy loved his job and always treated all the men with respect and as friends. My Big Daddy went to his Heavenly Home in March 1954 in his early 60’s.
    His brother, Ben Murner also worked for Southern, but I cannot remember what his job was. Uncle Ben was also the engineer of the train in Spring Park……seems like he was the first one but not quite sure about this.. but do have many memories of riding that train when he drove it. And have ridden the train in Spring Park in recent years and always such fun!!

    My Big Daddy & Uncle Ben both had homes in Sheffield. Wondering if anyone who worked for Southern remembers them, but then that was quite a few years ago?

    Thanks so much for sharing this picture! God bless.

    January 26, 2011 at 6:00 am

    • I grew up in the same neighborhood as Ben and Lois Murner. They had children named Brenda and Donnie. Brenda married Wallace Handley. Small world.
      My Daddy’s uncle, Riley Murray, drove the little train at Spring Park. I thought it was very special to get to ride the train with him at the throttle.
      Thanks for your comment. It is very encouraging when you bring joy to some one else and reignite old memories.

      January 26, 2011 at 6:10 am

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