Hop on Board and Travel Back in Time

A replica of the Texas locomotive and Marietta historian Brad Quinlin take passengers on the journey of the Great Locomotive Chase.

All aboard! Hop on , get out your camera, cover your ears and hold onto your hat as the train replica sounds its horn and pulls out of Marietta Square.

, which was involved in the that occurred , takes passengers out of Marietta and over to the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History in Big Shanty, that's modern day Kennesaw.

The next tour to Kennesaw pulls out at 3 p.m. on Saturday. A tour around Marietta Square will take place at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are being sold in Glover Park.

is your tour on this great adventure. Quinlin takes you back to that from the Union perspective. Dressed in his Civl War garb, Quinlin becomes John Porter of Ohio, a member of .

From being asked to be a member of a secret mission that required railroad experience to learning of the daring plan the Raiders had to , arriving in Marietta, (which can be seen at the Southern Museum), being aboard the Texas, abandoning the General and eventually being caught, Quinlin takes you through the exciting chase.

"When they caught us, they called us raiders and train thieves! How dare they call us that!" Quinlin, as John Porter, exclaimed. "We told them we were from Kentucky and that we were trying to find a Georgia unit to enlist in. It turned out to be a bad thing to do because when they brought us in with the others (two members of Andrews' Raiders who had overslept and missed the chase) they said they didn't know us." Since the men claimed to be from the same part of Kentucky, this was suspicious.

While Quinlin tells the well known , what makes this tour a treat are the side comments and little details he throws into the tour.

One tidbit I found particularly interesting and comical was that the two members of Andrews' Raiders that overslept and therefore missed the Great Locomotive Chase received the Medal of Honor along with the others who were a part of the chase.

"If this event had been successful, it may have shortened the war by two years and saved the lives of 200,000 Americans," Quinlin shared.

Civil War Home Front Days are going on until 5 p.m. Saturday at the Marietta Museum of History, and . 

At 2 p.m., Historian of weapons during the war at the Marietta Museum of History.

At 2 p.m., the 8th Regiment Band of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry will play in the Square.

At 2:30 p.m., at .

From 4 to 6 p.m. it's a Disney party for kids in Glover Park.

At 6 p.m., at 2 Rules Fine Art.

Wrapping up Saturday is a showing of The General at the .



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