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Book Your Ticket to Ride The Great Pumpkin Patch Express™
PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2010. 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, 2010.

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, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes! There will be plenty of PEANUTS™ merchandise at the Smoky Mountain Trains gift shop! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home.

Dates & Times:
October 8, 15, 22, & 29 departs Fridays at 3:00pm
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, & 30 departs Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30pm & 3:00pm

For more info, visit:
http://www.gsmr.com/events/pumpkin/Pumpkin_Patch_Express.php

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Source: CNN.com

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By Stephanie Chen – CNN
 
FOLKSTON, Georgia (CNN) — Rain or shine, 80-year-old Cookie Williams plops himself on the wooden viewing platform perched over double train tracks.

On this warm May afternoon, a patient Williams sits slouched, legs crossed and arms relaxed, donning his vintage CSX railroad company cap littered with miniature train pendants.

He is waiting for a train.

A scanner, listening for oncoming train signals, crackles in the background as it picks up some conductor chatter.

He waits some more.

“A lot of people in this town thought I was on the kooky side,” said Williams, who is retired from the paper and pulp industry. “But I love it. I’ve loved these trains ever since I was a kid.”

Folkston, Georgia, where Williams lives, is one of many train hot spots nationwide. Here, the blasting train noises are jokingly called “Folkston music.” With up to 60 trains crawling loudly through the quaint town each day, it’s become an attraction for fans eager to collect train images and sounds.

In 2001, Williams, who grew up by a train track, pushed town officials to construct a viewing platform with picnic tables, wireless Internet and a scanner to detect oncoming trains. The Southeast Georgia town reports that at least 12,500 visitors from all over the world visit the platform to watch trains each year.

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