Archive for November, 2008

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Many tourism-related train rides like Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in NC have adopted Christmas-themed excursions, including “Santa Trains” and “Ride the Polar Express.” However, how many know that the REAL Polar Express does actually exist. It’s located in Michigan and not the North Pole.

Enjoy the video below!



To Learn More CLICK HERE!


Upgrade your ride:
We are offering a new upgrade during Polar Express.  In addition to riding in exclusive seating, your trip to our North Pole will include a 16 ounce Polar Express cocoa mug with a larger serving of cocoa topped with whip cream and sprinkles.  You will also be served a basket of short bread snacks in addition to the traditional chocolate marshmallow santa.  Remember, all seating is in our most luxurious cars. 

Available by phone only–Call for details!!!

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EXTREME TRAINS, hosted by Matt Bown, reveals the incredible inner workings and past lives of the amazing locomotives that haul huge loads across the nation and deliver passengers to their destinations. The series shows the huge part these trains have played in shaping American history–and how vital trains are to American life today.

Packed with cool technology, the series shows how the super-fast passenger trains get up to speeds of 150 mph.  It celebrates the work of the men and women who work on the railroads, often doing tough gritty jobs in extreme conditions just to keep America moving.  And it’s packed with great history, from circus trains to holdups and train wrecks to coal trains and high-speed passenger trains.

Watch EXTREME TRAINS Wednesdays at 10pm/9C beginning November 11.


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Smoky Mountain Trains

Posted: November 3, 2008 in Model Trains

I’m not sure who the genius was who decided to build a huge model train musem right smack dab in the middle of a full scale train ride called Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, but that person deserves a great deal of credit.

Boasting more than 7,000 Lionel engines and cars, Smoky Mountain Trains has an amazing collection of model trains in a collection that dates back to 1918.

The most incredible feature here is the layout. Words cannot do it justice. It’s GIGANTIC with mountains, rivers, trestles and landscape that baffles the mind.

Located in Bryson City, which also just so happens to also be a major station point for the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Smoky Mountain Trains is an absolute MUST-SEE for any train enthusiast. Also on the premises is a gift shop and activity center. Plus, it’s downtown and close to restaurants, hotels and other attractions.

Visit Smoky Mountain Trains online by clicking HERE!

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