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October 9-10

Horse & mule demonstrations, cross cut saw contest, train rides, apple cider and making molasses. Daily admission: $7 adults; $3 for children under 12; Preschool are free. For more information contact Denton FarmPark at 336-859-2755 or visit www.threshers.com

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Source: WECT.com

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Posted by Debra Worley – email

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – After two years of renovations, North Carolina’s oldest train depot will re-open in a couple weeks.

Construction on Burgaw’s train depot was expected to cost $3 million, but ultimately only cost $1 million.

The depot will feature a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms, and a reception area.

According to Mayor Pete Cowan, it will serve as an economic engine.  A few weddings have already been booked for the depot.

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PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2009. As the leaves are turning in October and pumpkins are ready to be carved, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy return to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch October 2, 2009. The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz’s classic story “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will be departing from the Bryson City Depot October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25. Friday departures will be at 3:00pm. Saturday and Sunday departures will be at 11:30am and 3:00pm.
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Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, and a bouncy train. The children can also navigate through a giant hay bale maze. Other activities include hay rides, bobbing for apples, apple cider or apple juice, and treats. There will be plenty of PEANUTS merchandise at the Smoky Mountain Trains gift shop! Each child will also select their own small pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. steam-train-night

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum admission is included with all train excursion tickets. Without train excursion, admission is $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.

For more information and reservations please call 800-872-4681 or visit us online at www.GSMR.com.

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Two of the largest railroad festivals in NC are this weekend and next weekend.

Picture12 First, the establishment known as Tweetsie Railroad will host its annual Railfan Weekend this Saturday/Sunday, September 12th & 13th. Tweetsie breaks out #12 (Tweetsie) and also 190 (Yukon Queen) for a double-barrelled shotgun full of fun on their historic steam locomotives. For more, visit: www.Tweetsie.com!

And if that’s not enough…Great Smoky Mountains Railroad holds its annual Railfest on the following weekend. Friday/Saturday/Sunday, September 18th – 20th will be a three day gathering for railroad enthusiasts and history buffs from around the world provides an opportunity to ride special excursions, see railroad memorabilia and experience music of the rails. For more, visit www.GSMR.comgsmr-logo-2009

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Where are the best stores in NC where you can go, run some model trains and purchase the one’s you like? There are so many in the state.

Dry Bridge Station is in Mount Airy, NC. Mount Airy (Mayberry) itself is a pretty special place. For me, add an awesome train store with a cool layout where kids can watch and run some trains and you’ve got a 2nd home! Located right on Main Street in the middle of Downtown Mount Airy, Dry Bridge Station features all scales…O, N, HO, Z and many others. They also carry all the Thomas gear.

Owner, Mike King tells a good story on their website

Trains flowed in my blood early.  Etched in my memory is Daddy’s return from the Pacific in July, 1945.  Perched on a wp5a405a79_0fbaggage cart, I watched the train hiss to a stop.  After much confusion, I was snatched up and hugged by a man in uniform, then a stranger.  In December, my older brother got a train set.  As Daddy and I got acquainted that spring, he would take me to Pomona yard in Greensboro, North Carolina to watch the switching operations while he listened to the baseball game on the radio.  In September 1995, I opened Dry Bridge Station, a model train store.  The seed planted fifty years earlier began to sprout.

Visit the Dry Bridge Station Website!

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