By: Reagan M. and Jesslyn P.
The Wise Guys enjoyed a fabulous February trip to the Georgia Central Railroad Company. The students were greeted with three friendly guides for the tour. The guides presented the group with lots of exciting information about locomotives.
First, we learned that the company has to pay $100,000 for each train a year. We discovered that trains are able to stay on the tracks by the rocks keeping the track elevated so that water doesn’t overflow onto the tracks causing the trains to slide. Then, we learned that a diesel engine runs and powers the wheels of the train. We were fascinated to find out that trains can speed up to 70 mph going forwards or backwards. Surprising to us was that it takes a mile to stop a train. We learned that trains can hold 2,000 gallonsof gas at a great cost of $6,000. Also, we found out that when train wheels become old, jacks are used to lift the train to replace the wheels.
We had a blast on our trip! A special thank you to the railroad company for teaching us about locomotives. The next time we hear “choo-choo”, we will remember our railroad excursion.