Where Did the Swamp Rabbit Go?

14 thoughts on “Where Did the Swamp Rabbit Go?”

  1. Nice work! I created a Google map of the Cliffside Railroad and the other abandoned railroads in the area you visited. I also included a depot I found from the satellite view and confirmed from Rutherford County’s GIS website.
    Link to map.

  2. Mark, been doing a lot of research on the old Swamp Rabbit myself. From what I have found, the locomotive at the “Handy Dandy Railroad Park” is one of the logging locomotives used on the G&N at the old band mill in Cleveland to bring lumber out of the hills in River Falls down to the sawmill.

    1. Joseph, this website is excellent! I had seen it in the past, but for some reason it didn’t come up in my searches. This does answer the question about the Handy Dandy engine. According to this website, there were two engines at Echo Valley. Didn’t know that.

  3. My Mother grew up in Riverside (W Greenville) near the street car cut. She tells of riding the Swamp Rabbit during her years in Greenville 1933-1949. My Dad is a huge railfan and of course was interested in this line whenever we visited family in Greenville. I have forwarded this Blog entry to my parents and am sure they will both enjoy it.

    I have a scanned copy (Mom has the original) of the following feature detailing the modern line, it’s coverage, rolling stock and corporate history:
    Greenville & Northern – The Swamp Rabbit is still with us. Bill Rooney and Jim Wade.
    Railfan. Spring 1977. pp18-23. magazine, black and white photos.
    If anyone would like a copy it is archived on Facebook in the group You might be from Greenville, SC if you remember…..
    or email me ebentley57 at clearwire dot net

  4. Hey I just want to say that both the steam engines were at Echo Valley Railroad . The 110 was the main engine for the park. The 9 was to be a backup engine to help out the 110 but by the time they were ready to work on the 9 the park went out of bussiness. My dad J.V.Cannon was the parks manager the time it was open and was an engineer on the 110 from time to time. We lived in two cabooses on the back side of the park on a spur track off the loop and that is where the 9 sat with the extra cabooses. When the park closed my dad bought the 9 and several coaches to use on the tourist line Blacksburg & Cherokee Falls Railroad in Blacksburg,SC. If you would like to know more please e-mail me at anytime.

    William Cannon

    1. Mr. Cannon, I just came across this comment thread and would love to speak with you about your dad for a story I’m working on for “The Greenville News.” Could you please call me at 864-298-3822?

      Thank you,
      Amy Clarke Burns

    2. Mr. Cannon,
      My father, J.C. Hardin, was a builder who was hired to help build Echo Valley amusement park. I know that he worked on restoring the train cars and converting them to open cars for the park. I wonder if you knew him and know whether he built the chapel or other parts of the park. Thanks.

  5. I truly Thank you from my heart for taking time to put this site together, it brought back wonderful memories of family fun. My family moved to River Falls in 1940 I’ve never heard River Falls referred to as Poe’s Cove is there more info on this.
    Thank so much for doing this

  6. Interesting article, I worked at stone mountain from 1976 to 1980 and remember the Yonah II along with the General II and Texas II.. they were great steam engines. As I recall the Yonah II was smaller than the other 2 but I enjoyed many a ride on the trains around the mountain, we had the train shop in the town of “Big Shanty” and then a very fun but likely politically incorrect Indian attack in the town of “Ringold”.. lots of great fun as a teen-ager back then..

  7. My Mom worked in the Beauty Shop next to Williams Hardware with the train track in back of store; I would stand out watching the train stop to fill up water from the water tank. I would hand the conductors candy . This was 1947 or 1948. A fun time in my young life.

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