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Riding the rails, Part II


By MARK VIOLA / Staff writer


Last week we began a ride through Perry’s railroad history with former resident Russell Tedder as our conductor, who, after a five-decade career in the rail industry, calls Arkansas home in his retirement.

From 1951 to 1966–minus a stint in the military–Tedder worked at what is now know as Perry Historic Station, becoming its agent at the age of 19.

PHOTO: The Atlantic Coast Line’s Southland, a model of which is now on display at Java Depot, began service to Perry in 1928 and continued through 1957.

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