The highest point on any direct rail route between New York City and New Orleans is about a mile ahead of the engine at this point: 2,581 feet above sea level. This famous line was built before the Civil War and in its heyday was designated the Great Southern Mail Route. Over its passenger-carrying life, there was always a New York-New Orleans train, a New York-Birmingham run, and a New York-Memphis train (the Pelican, B'ham Special and Tennessean in later years). The vintage N&W depot here is slated for a full restoration. Old heads may also recall this place was used by O. Winston Link for his famous "Silent Night" recording of N&W train 42 (the Pelican)---pulled by a J----on Christmas Eve, 1957.