The train engine well remembered by older Bedford County residents as "Teton" approaches a depot in the late 1940s or early 1950s. The train ran between Wartrace and Shelbyville. (Photo by Ernest B. Robertson Jr., contributed by Bill Odle)
Several readers last month mentioned Teton or Old Teton, the Wartrace-Shelbyville spur line train which ran until the late 1950s.
These photos of Teton from the late 1940s or early 1950s were shot by Ernest Robertson, the T-G's editor from 1951-54, who was from the Wartrace area and now lives in Knoxville after a long career with the University of Tennessee's photographic and video services division. The photos were provided by Bill Odle of Wartrace, who says they were made around Wartrace and Shelbyville.
And here's the Shelbyville depot as passengers from Wartrace got off the train. The depot building outlasted the railroad: It's now restored and used as an adult learning center, surrounded by grassy landscaping and no railroad tracks around it at all.
The photo was shot looking south from just off Depot Steet. Look in the background and you'll see a large building with the words "Pencil Company" visible.
It looks like the letters "AL" are invisible in fron of 'Pencil.' Was that National Pencil Company?
From March 8, 1958, this is what's described by contributor Trey Arnold as "Tetter's last run." Is this Teton's last run? Shown are Allen and "Daddy" Bomar by the caboose.
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