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Posted: June 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hi everyone, our site is now on a hosted platform at www.TarHeelTrains.com. We hope you will visit there often, as we will no longer be updating our WordPress.com site.

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THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride

All Aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS! This memorable journey will take you on an incredible journey! Believe the magic this Holiday season!

Over 70,000 passengers rode THE POLAR EXPRESS with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2014 and we hope to see you in 2015! The 1¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. THE POLAR EXPRESS begins November 13 and operates through January 3, 2016.

We encourage guests to plan ahead and stay apprised of the latest weather developments. We have yet to cancel a POLAR EXPRESS departure because of inclement weather. If you’re staying in the Gatlinburg/Sevierville, Tennessee area, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Service announces road closures and openings on Twitter, or call (865) 436-1200 extension 631 for a recorded message.

In such case Highway 441 is closed through the national park, Interstate 40 typically remains open. Use 45 Mitchell Street, Bryson City, North Carolina 28713 as your destination to find an alternate route.

Have you already ridden THE POLAR EXPRESS here at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad this season? Check out the official PHOTO CONTEST, you could win a Family 4-pack of First Class POLAR EXPRESS tickets! 

Classes of Service

First Class

Off Peak / Peak / Christmas Eve
Adult (13+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)
$62.00 / $71.00 / $76.00 $43.00 / $48.00 / $52.00 $15.00 / $20.00 / $20.00

First Class features interior carpet and plush furniture along with new exterior paint and detailing to highlight the cars authenticity. Large windows and climate control for comfort. Table tops of 4 and 2 are available. You may be seated at a table of 4 if your party is 2. All guests will receive a specialty treat bag with sweet treats, a freshly baked cookie, and warm cocoa served in a POLAR EXPRESS souvenir mug!

Crown Class

Off Peak / Peak / Christmas Eve
Adult (13+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)
$52.00 / $58.00 / $65.00 $38.00 / $43.00 / $47.00 $10.00 / $15.00 / $15.00

Crown Class features climate control for comfort, large picture windows for optimal viewing, and easily accessible restrooms. Seats are arranged in sets of four with two facing each other. This is wonderful for families or parties who wish to stay grouped together throughout the duration of their ride. All guests receive a freshly baked cookie and warm cocoa served in a souvenir POLAR EXPRESS tumbler.

Coach Class

Off Peak / Peak / Christmas Eve
Adult (13+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)
$42.00 / $48.00 / $55.00 $28.00 / $33.00 / $37.00 $0.00 / $0.00 / $0.00

Coach Class features windows that are able to open for fresh-air, ceiling fans and heat for cooler evenings. Seats are arranged in sets of four with two facing each other. A freshly baked cookie and warm cocoa is served to guests by the car’s friendly POLAR EXP

Good news: It was a normal day in  Sharon Springs , KS when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for the long trek to Salina.
 
The Bad news: Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing became overheated and melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail, creating white hot molten metal droppings spewing down to the rail.
 
The Good news: A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the rules.
 
The Bad news: The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge with creosote ties and trusses.
 
The crew tried to explain to higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train! They were instructed Rules prohibit moving the train when a part is defective!

But….rules are rules!

 
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Tweetsie is more than a train. It’s an institution, a tradition and a legend. Mention the name “Tweetsie” throughout the South and it conjures up memories for all age groups.

For children, it means a trip back into the Wild West, helping the US Marshal fight off howling renegades and would-be train robbers. It also means music and entertainment, exciting Country Fair rides and arcades, and lots of good things to eat.

For adults, it means a family oriented theme park in the scenic Blue Ridge mountains, providing a day of fun and adventure for themselves and their children. For old-timers, the name stirs up nostalgia and the uncomplicated days of yesteryear.

Visit Tweetsie.com!

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Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will be hosting Harvest Day on Saturday, September 27. “This is a great family event full of old fashioned fun, live entertainment, and fall colors, capped with a special evening dinner train to Whittaker Station, “according to Dave Caplinger, Park Superintendent.  This event is in addition to Cass’s regular excursions and interpretive programs during the day.

The day includes Mountain dance master Lou Maiuri demonstrating and teaching square dancing and traditional Appalachian danceAntique farm engines and tractors will be on display, many of them operating.

Joe Holbrook and his “Live Steamers” will be offering free train rides on his miniature live steam train. Miniature trains are a duplication of existing engines, operational, and can accommodate passengers.

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“All that went for naught,” Mr. Berlinski said of his proximity to the train yard. “I could have sat back in my yard and watched trains all day long and I just took it for granted because they were there all the time.”

Now, donning a T-shirt of a coal-burning steam engine from Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania, he gleefully will tell stories of his family watching the extensive miniature train that snakes through a bed of shrubs and flowers in his back yard.

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by Bill Murphy

Most hobbies have clubs linked to them so people can share viewpoints and sharing that knowledge leads to more successful ventures. If we all had to reinvent the wheel each time we needed to drive, we wouldnt get very far, would we?

Model railroading is no different. With hundreds or even thousands of clubs worldwide, it is no longer an obscure hobby. For example, clubs such as the LCCA (the Lionel Collectors Club of America), which was formed in 1970, supplies their members with the means and ways to discuss and share their love of their hobby that might not otherwise happen.

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