Great Smokey Mountain Railroad

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by cdavenport, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. cdavenport

    cdavenport Member

    Located in Bryson, NC (western NC about 2 hours north of Athens, GA off US 441). The whole family took my father-in-law on the trip to Nantahala Gorge to celebrate his 80th birthday. He and his father worked on the L&N back in the day.

    Restored cars are pulled by a 1955 EMD GP9. The line has two of them, real beauties.

    Associated with the GSMR is a fabulous Lionel museum with around 10,000 Lionel engines, cars, etc worth in excess of $5 million. I was expecting a dinkey tourist trap. Not so, the main layout is 27 x 45 feet with a full-time engineer/maintainer. This guy LOVES his job. I have seen many museums of all types, all over the world. This one ranks well up there!

    Both are well worth the visit if you are in the area.
  2. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    I was out there a few years ago for a passenger train chase and a tour of the property. A class act, indeed! What's even cooler than the passenger trains are their freight operations. Quite a show!

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