In the fifteenth episode of season four, “Us”, Glenn, Maggie and the rest of the group they are traveling with finally reach the location of Terminus, which they have been searching for while following the railroad tracks for some time.
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Before I begin the pictures, I have to warn potential sightseers that this location is, as far as I know, still owned by Norfolk-Southern Railroad which makes it private property. I’ve also been told that new fencing and gates have recently been added at the property, most likely to keep people out. The location is viewable from the public roads nearby but I would warn against trying to enter the property.
That said, for any fans who haven’t seen it yet, I’ve marked the location of these scenes on the Walking Dead Locations Google Map. It is the Atlanta Motor Shop in Mechanicsville, GA, which is basically downtown Atlanta. A commenter on a previous post also mentioned that this location is, or was, called the Southern Railroad Pegram Shops.
Luckily I’ve had several fans send in some photos of this location. First off are some photos from Dustin Grau, who has sent in photos of locations in the past.
Dustin also sent in some history about the location which I, personally, enjoy a lot. The history of many of these locations is partially the motivation behind the creation of this site.
The grassy, overgrown area in the front is the remains of an old train roundhouse where they would turn the cars before rolling them into the shop. The front building (with the TERMINUS letters) is the main shop where cars would be loaded over large pits for workers to access underneath. Several cranes and other scaffolding was last seen in there, but no real equipment otherwise. The route that the actors took was the main path between the buildings, which opens up into a small courtyard (Mary and the BBQ grill). To the left of that area is the entrance to the machine shop and old painting stations, which runs the length of the property along the tracks. Behind Mary’s position was one of many connected warehouses that were mostly empty, though some contained remnants of machinery or goods from the neighboring business.
Dustin was also able to send along this information after searching for the aforementioned Southern Railroad Pegram Shops:
This is the roundhouse and turntable at the Southern Railway Pegram Shops. It was originally a steam shop (called South Shops) and was used as a diesel shop into the 1990’s. Only a few stalls remain of the roundhouse, these were used as shower/locker areas and a small training center until the facility was closed. The turntable was intact until a couple of years ago. I had heard that they were moving it to Chattanooga, but don’t know for sure. The entire complex is still owned by NS, and is currently leased to a coiled steel company. The steel company only uses the backshop area, as far as I can tell, so many of the other buildings are beginning to fall into disrepair.
Norfolk Southern Corp. has donated signs, shop tools and furnishings from Pegram Shops in Atlanta for use in future museum exhibits. Pegram was closed in 1999 as Norfolk Southern consolidated maintenance operations throughout the system. Two of the buildings in the historic steam and diesel locomotive facility date back to the early 1880s when the shops were operated by the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad. A roundhouse and turntable accompanied these buildings. During that time, smoke from Pegram and other industries centered around Windsor and Love streets in south Atlanta causing the area to be called “Pittsburgh.” Southern Railway initially called the facility South Shops, later renaming it Pegram in honor of retired vice president Robert B. Pegram. During 1925, a new 120,000 square foot locomotive repair shop was built by Southern Railway, and the original buildings eventually became the motor shop, and were still in use as such when the facility was closed.
Next up are a couple of photos sent in by Kasey Morr. For those who may not know, whenever the crew is finished with a location they do their best to return the property to the same condition it was in prior to filming, or better. In Kasey’s photos the letters for “Terminus” are simply covered rather than removed leading me to believe they are going to use this location again, at least somewhat, for season five filming.
Finally, here are some pictures from Billy Kennedy who happened to be in the area and grabbed some photos. Again in Billy’s photos you can see that “Terminus” is simply covered rather than removed.
I’d like to thank everyone who has sent in pictures of, and historical information about, this location. From all appearances, it is definitely a place to keep an eye on come April and the beginning of filming for season five.
If you have any photos of this location or further historical information, please feel free to email them.