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Very popular spot!

I live by this attraction and see its popularity on a daily basis. It's rare for me to drive by... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
Irondale, Alabama
Trains 4 Feet Away

Trains are shuffling through this intersection of 4 tracks continuously all day. You are... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2017
via mobile
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Corner of 20th Street and 1st Avenue North, Irondale, AL
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Was really looking forward to this after the great reviews; and ended up disappointed. I thought there would be trains going constantly but for the almost half hour, that my toddler, husband & I waited; no trains came by. We went between 11am-12pm. I wish...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I live by this attraction and see its popularity on a daily basis. It's rare for me to drive by and not see some watching the trains. Being at the entrance/exit to one of the largest yards in the state makes for lots of trains...More

Thank gburden
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Trains are shuffling through this intersection of 4 tracks continuously all day. You are guaranteed to see trains up close and personal! If you have little kids who love trains you've got to see this place. Pretty awesome with lots of history across the street...More

Thank C2162FS
Reviewed 28 June 2017

The platform is next to the Norfolk Southern mainline - and at the thread of a large yard. There are seats there (and parking is posted for 2 hours). I saw trains from 4 different roads in the short time I was there. One negative...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

The platform is right beside the tracks across the street from the Irondale Cafe. Ever heard of the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" ? Based on the goings on at the cafe. Some days there is lots of movement of trains and other days it is...More

Thank Greg W
Reviewed 16 April 2017

If you are eating at the Irondale Cafe, you are likely to be held up by VERY LONG freight trains. So, just relax, you will be here a while. Visit the train watching platform across the street. It is open, but is covered with a...More

Thank Neill B
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Since my son was 2, I have been taking him to watch the trains in Irondale. He is 10 and still loves to do it. He stills waves at the conductors, who blow their horn for him. My son loves the trains, and we will...More

Thank thatgirl1964
Reviewed 24 February 2017

2nd time visiting the platform. Saw a number of freight trains passing through as well as Amtrak passing. 4 tracks along with a siding to enjoy. It is covered as well.

Thank Pam L
Reviewed 17 November 2016

This is a great place for train fans - young and old. People gather here to watch and film trains at all times of the day, every day. Norris Yard is a major hump yard for the Norfolk Southern system. Since it is a very...More

Thank Jenny W
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

It's a nice little place to check out. There is a red classic caboose parked there for show. On the north side there are benches and a covering. The trains seem to just pass by right in front of you pretty regularly. Plenty of free...More

Thank Derek S
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