Fire erupts, homes evacuated in Georgia train derailment

LILBURN, Ga. — A train derailment in metro Atlanta early Sunday sparked a small fire, created runoff concerns and briefly forced some residents from their homes, a fire official said.

The CSX train with about 170 cars, including three locomotives, ran off the tracks in Lilburn, according to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services.

The fire involved “hazardous materials,” spokesperson Justin Wilson said. The agency shared photos on social media of smoky air over buildings in the city northeast of downtown Atlanta.

The derailment appears to have been caused by a washed out track from intense rain and flash flood conditions in the area, CSX said in a statement.

The Atlanta area is getting a soaking from the remnants of what was once Hurricane Delta.

It was unclear what exactly the train cars were carrying but crews were continuing “atmospheric monitoring” after evacuation orders were lifted around 6 a.m. Evacuations

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$1.5M Kirkwood home for sale was once a train depot

There’s a house for sale in Kirkwood with a unique past. Show Me St. Louis Host Dana Dean shows us how this piece of history is still chugging right along.

KIRKWOOD, Mo. — It was love at first sight for Don and Maria Kukla when they saw 1030 Barberry Lane in Kirkwood during a fundraising event 14 years ago.

Maria said, “My first reaction, walking up steps and seeing the stone and the tower was, ‘This is such an unusual place.’”

The weren’t planning on moving but next thing they knew, they were all aboard and became owners of a house that used to be a train depot.

Don said, “The history and grandeur of the place was just amazing.”

Maria said, “I’d never seen a house like this before.”

The Meramec Highlands Frisco Depot was built in 1891.

“And yet everything was restructured and rehabbed and added on to

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Train Car for Sale in Marfa, TX, Could Be a Cool Getaway Plan

The tiny town of Marfa wasn’t always a hip area for artists. Before the migration of creative types to this small speck of desert in west Texas, Marfa was a train city with lines rumbling right through town.

Even today, “the train is such a presence in Marfa,” says Lauren Meader Fowlkes of Far West Texas Realty. She’s the listing agent for a decommissioned caboose now on the market for $285,000. “We’re a town built around the rail line.”

Now, in a fun nod to the town’s railroad history, this Santa Fe Railroad steel caboose seeks a new owner. Built in 1948 as one of three for the rail company, the caboose was pulled out of service in 1984. The train car weighs just shy of 60,000 pounds.

The current owner has owned the caboose for years.

“She bought it for her 40th birthday,” explains Meader Fowlkes. “They’ve had it

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