Trains are a common sight in Easley, but what happened on the tracks late Monday afternoon was everything but ordinary.
More than 100 people lined the tracks near downtown Easley early this week, some sitting on camping chairs, while others waited in their cars or in the grass just off the main road.
Locals continued to flock to the site, and the question, asked by passengers of vehicles that were passing by, was simple: “Why is everyone sitting here?”
The answer: a chance to see a real steam engine in action.
A group of Easley Firefighters had gathered, cameras in hand, ready to watch the action. Shortly after they arrived, a couple of friefighters from Pumpkintown joined them. Most people had been waiting for over half an hour when one of the firefighters got a call on his radio.
“Just passed the Ingles in Liberty,” he warned the small group of people within his earshot. “Should be about ten more minutes.”
Surely enough, the firefighter’s prediction was accurate and a few people that had been waiting shouted, “Here it comes.”
Steam engine SOU 630, which began its journey in Atlanta, Georgia, blazed through small stretch of downtown Easley, where people had gathered, on its way towards Greenville. Onlookers appeared to show no signs of disappointment.
The event some people had waited more than an hour for was over in less than thirty seconds, but the memory is one that is sure to stick with at least a few that were in attendance.
“That was amazing,” a couple said as they got in their cars to drive off.