When record amounts of water from Tropical Storm Henri ravaged Red Clay Valley, it left six historic bridges destroyed and reduced the 10-mile Wilmington & Western Railroad to a mere two miles. The railroad is no stranger to change—since officially opening for passenger and freight service in 1872, the approximately 20-mile track was gradually shortened before beginning to escort tourists on steam-powered jaunts in 1966. Through all its transformations, the rail has persevered, and its encounter with Tropical Storm Henri was no exception. By June 30, 2007, the track was restored and Royal Blue coaches followed a locomotive 98 for the first 10-mile journey on the track in nearly four years.
These days, Wilmington & Western Railroad's locomotives continue to follow Red Clay Creek on leisurely round-trip jaunts, romantic rides, and themed excursions. After their ride, youngsters can learn about railroading heritage with a series of online games, and individuals or groups can charter a train for subsequent travels to any destination along the line.
The ASE-certified technicians at this AAA-approved tire-and-auto center temper tire wear and infuse engines with pints of fresh, piston-massaging oil. After emptying dingy engine goo, mechanics restore motor mojo by filling vehicle veins with conventional motor oil. In a similar swap, a new filter replaces the car’s aging sieve, which is repurposed to pan for harmful particles inside each vehicle’s flowing oil rivers. After the oil change, techs rotate tires during an undercarriage barn dance to ensure even wear, steady handling, and increased fuel efficiency while owners enjoy free WiFi access in the waiting area. At Kirkwood's, family-owned-and-operated since 1979, the three generations of techs have always treated everyone as family, even if it means having to constantly reaffirm the adorableness of newborn trucks.
There's a glint and a glare bouncing off Greenhill Car Wash's rooftop. It's up there with the building’s solar panels, soaking up the sun's rays to power their computerized tunnel with clean, renewable energy. In their tunnel, soft foam and a pressure spray gently scrub the grime off of autos, while a lather of triple foam adds gloss, and a rust inhibitor staves off deterioration. Committed to keeping both cars and the environment clean, they also employ a water-recycling system that uses 60–80% less water than the standard commercial car wash. At their two locations, they remain true to their green car-washing techniques, and make their washes last longer by rendering thorough detailings or taping a scathing lampoon of dirt to each bumper. Detailers can return cars to a like-new appearance by rubbing exteriors with clay bars to remove contaminants, applying UV creams to interiors to prevent sun damage, and hand waxing paint jobs to a showroom shine.
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Galaxy Powersports and Automotive's technicians boast impressive resumes: they are SAE-certified and have been tuning up trailers, wave runners, motorcycles, and every other kind of recreational vehicle for more than two decades. Most importantly, they harbor a passion for motor-sports, and keep up to date on the latest trends, technologies, and tools. Of course, their familiarity with engines extends to more traditional vehicles as well, and they conduct tune-ups and certified state safety and emission inspections for any kind of car or truck.