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BLUE RIDGE TRAIN


THREE TRAINS!
Train buffs and children of all ages can have an opportunity to ride trains on three different railroads on their Georgia mountain vacation.  The mountain trains are all within driving distance of Ellijay.  

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway-Blue Ridge, Georgia - 20 minutes from Ellijay

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum-Chattanooga, Tennessee - 1 hour from Ellijay

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad-Bryson City/Dillsboro, North Carolina - 2 hours from Ellijay


 
RIDE THE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS ON THE BLUE RIDGE SCENIC RAILWAY

November 28, 29,and 30;
December 6, 7, 13 thru 16 and 18 thru 23(see schedule for times of departure on these days)
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Departs from Blue Ridge Georgia Depot

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in the North Georgia Mountains celebrates the Christmas holidays with The Christmas Express -23 festive, fun-filled train rides. Passengers will be treated to holiday refreshments at the depot before boarding the train for the ride to the North Pole. On board, passengers will hear Christmas stories, sing Christmas carols with elves, and visit with the North Pole's Santa Claus during the train ride.
Seats are limited: Advance reservations are required. For tickets or more information, call: 1-800-934-1898
These trips are 2 hours and 15 minutes; there is no stop or layover in McCaysville - Copperhill, Tennessee.


 Ride the Blue Ridge Railway for a fun-filled and scenic train ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway through the North Georgia  Mountains as the train  follows the tracks along the river banks of the Toccoa River from Blue Ridge, Georgia to Copperhill, Tennessee.  The Blue Ridge train ride runs March through December for spectacular views through the  beautiful North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains.  In the summer, a special package is available that includes the train ride that is  combined with river rafting on the Ocoee River.  In spring, when you ride the Blue Ridge train, you can enjoy Appalachian Spring in all its beauty with dogwoods and redbuds in full bloom. In late spring, the rhododendrons and laurels will offer their beauty to the North Georgia Mountains.  In fall, the leaf colors are dazzling with breathtaking beauty.  

In December, ride the Christmas Express Train to celebrate the holidays Polar Express style along with a visit to the North Pole with Santa.  This is a wonderful family celebration event and well worth making reservations way in advance.  The Christmas train ride is very popular.  In addition this year, Christmas in July can be celebrated on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad.  Take a ride with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus who will be vacationing in the north Georgia Mountains.

Tickets and Information:
1-800-934-1898
1-706-632-9833







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BLUE RIDGE SCENIC RAILWAY, BLUE RIDGE GEORGIA


The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway leaves from the old depot in downtown historic Blue Ridge. The train chugs along the scenic Toccoa River to the picturesque downtown of McCaysville, Georgia. Walk across the Blue Line on the street and you will be in Copperhill, Tennessee. The train ride is a 3 1/2 hour 26 mile round trip, with a 1 1/2 hour stopover to shop, eat and explore.
The Blue Ridge train runs from March through December, on weekends until June 13th.  Then the Blue Ridge scenic railway runs daily through July. During the leaf season of October, daily trips  begin in early October. For additional information, call 1-800-934-1898 .  Make reservations for the special events as they do get reserved quickly.


Cab Rides available for all 11:00am trips.  

Mild and Wild Water Adventure trips most days.


July 14-22 - New this year. Christmas in July!  Ride and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus who will be vacationing in Blue Ridge.

HIWASSEE LOOP

Three trips from Blue Ridge into Tennessee provide a rare look at one of the most unique stretches of track in America. The train will take you past McCaysville and Copperhill, deep into the untouched wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest. At the famous Hiwassee Loop, the track circles Bald Mountain one and three-quarter times as it descends into the Hiwassee River Gorge, creating a situation where a train that is long enough actually crosses over itself. This is one of only three places in the US where this happens.
Dates for the Hiwassee Loop Trips are:
Aug 20, Mon 11am, one way rail trip to Gee Creek State Park near Etowah, TN, to position train for a Charter trip the next day. No return transportation provided by the railroad. Rail fare is $65.00 Ad/Sr and $55 Ch.
Sep 8, Sat 11am, Round trip to Applachia Siding (about 2 miles beyond Hiwassee Loop) and return to Blue Ridge about 630pm. Rail Fare $65.00 Ad/Sr and $55 Ch.

Sep 11, Tue 11am, Round trip to Applachia Siding (about 2 miles beyond Hiwassee Loop) and return to Blue Ridge about 630pm. Rail Fare $65.00 Ad/Sr and $55 Ch.
Box lunch included in Rail fare. There will be no layover at McCaysville/Copperhill.

August 20 and September 11 - one-way trip to the Hiawassee Loop.  Transportation not provided for the trip back on August 20.

September 8 - round trip around Hiawassee Loop.

October 28 - PUMPKIN PICKIN SPECIAL  Trips at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.  

It's never too early to reserve for October and the Santa Trips!


THE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS

November 28, 29,and 30;
December 6, 7, 13 thru 16 and 18 thru 23(see schedule for times of departure on these days)
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway celebrates the holidays with The Christmas Express for festive, fun-filled train rides. Passengers will be treated to holiday refreshments at the depot before boarding. On board, they will hear Christmas stories, sing Christmas carols with elves, and visit with the North Pole's jolliest elf himself during the ride.
Seats are limited: Advance reservations are required. For tickets or more information, call: 1-800-934-1898
These trips are 2 hours and 15 minutes; there is no stop or layover in McCaysville.


 Ride the Blue Ridge Railway for a fun-filled and scenic train ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway through the North Georgia  Mountains as the train  follows the tracks along the river banks of the Toccoa River from Blue Ridge, Georgia to Copperhill, Tennessee.  The Blue Ridge Railway runs March through December for spectacular views through the  beautiful North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains.  In the summer, a special package is available that includes the train ride that is  combined with river rafting on the Ocoee River.  In spring, when you ride the Blue Ridge train, you can enjoy Appalachian Spring in all its beauty with dogwoods and redbuds in full bloom. In late spring, the rhododendrons and laurels will offer their beauty to the North Georgia Mountains.  In fall, the leaf colors are dazzling with breathtaking beauty.  

In December, ride the Christmas Express Train to celebrate the holidays Polar Express style along with a visit to the North Pole with Santa.  This is a wonderful family celebration event and well worth making reservations way in advance.  The Christmas train ride is very popular.  In addition this year, Christmas in July can be celebrated on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad.  Take a ride with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus who will be vacationing in the North Georgia Mountains.

Tickets and Information:
1-800-934-1898
1-706-632-9833


The train depot location is at 241 Depot Street in the middle of downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia.
The Blue Ridge train route chugs a 26-mile round trip along the beautiful Toccoa River in open air railroad cars or climate controlled train cars. This Blue Ridge scenic passenger railroad was built over 100 years ago.
Each Blue Ridge train trip which begins at the train depot in Blue Ridge, Georgia will include a stop in McCaysville which will allow passengers to get off the train for one and a half hours to explore the towns, eat lunch, eat ice cream, shop for antiques, local crafts and souvenirs in McCaysville, Georgia and adjacent sister town, Copperhill, Tennessee. The round trip will take approximately 3 1/2 hours.





TENNESSEE VALLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM, CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE


Experience the excitement of the rairoad on another exciting train ride located an hour from Ellijay.

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee is the largest operating historic railroad in the Southeast!

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum  offers a  huge choice of train rides for your budget and times. For a quick trip, the Missionary Ridge Local excursion takes only 55 minutes but packs all sorts of excitement from a ride through a Civil War era tunnel to a guided tour of their restoration shop.   A longer train ride, the Chickamauga Turn, is a 5-1/2 hour round trip ride to historic Chickamauga, Ga.
If you wish to to spend  a day riding the railroad; they do offer multiple Dixie Land Excursions throughout the year.
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's main terminal is called Grand Junction Station.
The other station is the East Chattanooga Depot, where the restoration shop is located. If you ride the Missionary Ridge Local, you'll get a tour of the shop and watch the locomotive be turned on the turntable.


Ride the special train Day Out with Thomas April and May.
Sales for the North Pole Limited Tickets for 2009 go on sale in June. Order early!



Dixieland excursion brochure includes rates and special trips descriptions




GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS RAILROAD BRYSON CITY AND DILLSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA

 The Smoky Mountains train offers scenic train rides through the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. A ride on The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is an exciting trip with 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 15 bridges. Choices of excursions range from half day to full day round trips and are priced accordingly.   In addition you may choose from steam or diesel engines, ride gourmet dinner trains, mystery theatre dinner trains, rafting combinations, and various seating options and pricing.


Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Polar Express November 10 - December 23 on the Smoky Mountains Railroad for a story, visit with Santa and a "trip to the North Pole".  In addition try the Polar Express Dining Train for dinner and Santa 12/2-12/23.

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NIGHTSHADE MYSTERY THEATRE offers a fun and exciting collection of mysteries in the  Mystery Theatre Dinner Train series on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The scenic vistas or star-lit skies of Western North Carolina pass by your dining car window as comic tales of intrigue unfold between the courses of a delightful dinner. Your skills as a sleuth will be needed to solve the ultimate mystery.

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DINNER TRAIN
Enjoy a romantic evening in beautifully restored dining cars on the Dinner train. Excellent cuisine, fine china, tablecloths, and candlelight ambiance make for a memorable and enjoyable evening. The Smoky Mountains Dinner Train offers first class seating with a four course gourmet meal.  SCHEDULE


The Polar Express™
11/7/2008 - 12/23/2008

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad - 1-800-872-4681

The Polar Express comes to life when the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey to our "North Pole". Guests on board will enjoy hot chocolate and treats while listening and reading along with the magical story. Experience the joy of watching the children's faces when the train arrives at our "North Pole," where Santa Claus will be waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express where he will greet each child and present them with a special memento. Holiday carols will be sung on the return trip to Bryson City. Families will want to make this a holiday tradition!









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