Norfolk Southern's Spring Street location is a huge swath of urban blight just west of downtown Atlanta. As such, it is an ideal location for street photographers, homeless people, social derelicts, and zombie productions.
Although I was not able to access the roof, the cooling tower and circle-satelite-dish-antenna-things on top of the building are visible in the scenes featuring Merle and his ill-fated hand. Here they are from Spring Street:
From Spring Street, the view of the bridge and train yard is gorgeous and haunting. Cranes and the skeleton of the new (ridiculous and unnecessary) Falcon's Stadium can be seen in the distance.
Rick is seen riding toward the archway on the bridge in one of his early scenes approaching the city.
I like the sunset lighting (in my photo below) compared to that of earlier in the day shown in the above photo. The evening light makes the area much less depressing, and a bit more romantic.
Despite the physical structures on the sight being in terrible condition, trains still run regularly through the area.
Fun fact: while I was taking photos of a train moving through, I noticed a man in the old train station getting ready for bed. Well, he was taking off his shirt; he may have been cleaning up after murdering someone, but I like to think he was just getting ready for bed.
This location was used for a number of scenes in the show. Below the bridge and along the train tracks is where they drove the box truck in the episode "Tell it to the Frogs."
Back out on Spring Street is where the bridge used as the escape route for the box truck branches off.
It may have been the time of day, and the fact that there were so many other people around, but this location didn't give me the creeps the way other Walking Dead locations have. Of course, I was in excellent company with my life companion doing body guard duty, and the cool breeze from the approaching summer storm felt glorious. The noise from the trains and nearby construction also lent to the distinct "life lives here" vibe, additionally detracting from the eerie vibe at other locations.
Although this location is in a sketchy part of town (pretty much all of Atlanta can be sketchy...), and I certainly would not have gone alone, there was a sense of adventure to the area, and I really enjoyed covering it.
A HUGE shoutout to walkingdeadlocations.com on this one - the information they provide was invaluable for this particular post, especially. And a big hello to my friends at Walking Dead Ultimate Fanatics!
If there are any locations or scenes from any shows or movies filmed in Atlanta that you'd like to see me cover, just let me know in the comments!