I just found the website for the Little Train in Mandarin and boy does it bring back memories. My family moved to Mandarin in 1961 after my dad retired from the Army in Ft. Benning, GA. My grandma and an uncle and his family lived on Clair Lane. When we moved to Jax, we rented the “green house” next to the Mandarin Methodist Church while our home was being constructed on Hood Rd. I believe that house is now part of the church’s property. Anyway, we would have family get-togethers on the weekends with my aunts, uncles and cousins and us kids would walk down to the Little Train, next to “Ruth’s Grocery Store”. I remember the popcorn, the snow cones and the magic of going through the woods on the train. I can still hear the whistle in my mind. It doesn’t seem like it operated much longer after that. It is always a pleasant memory though, and one I like to share with other folks who have been in Jax as long as I have. We were newcomers back then, but after all these years living in Mandarin, I consider myself an old-timer.
Thank you for posting this website. I can’t wait to share it with my family!
Nancy Killabrew McKoy