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St. Louis Iron Mountain Railway

Via their website…

Welcome to the St. Louis Iron Mountain Railway in Jackson Missouri. We are an entertainment short line excursion railway that offers fun and unique adventures that can only be found on our historical tracks.  We host over 11,000 visitors a year, with the most being at Christmas time. Come visit us!   

We love trains here at the Iron Mountain Railway! Especially our train, which is a traveling history museum with passenger cars that are 9 years old. Stepping back in time, we want you to make some memories as we travel along the tracks.  The Iron Mountain is the only train we know of that is run entirely by volunteers. We want our passengers to have a good time, and we work very hard to make that happen. It’s not an ordinary train, there are lots of activities going on during our excursions. Train robberies, treasure hunts, music, dinosaurs—you just never know who will show up for the ride.  But we guarantee it won’t be ordinary. 

Learn more HERE.

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Big South Fork Scenic Railway in Kentucky

In 1902, Justus S. Stearns of Ludington, Michigan bought 30,000 acres of virgin timberland in southern Kentucky. When coal was discovered soon afterwards, the Stearns Coal & Lumber Company was established. The company built the town of Stearns to serve as the hub of a logging and mining empire that would control over 200 square miles of land, build the Kentucky & Tennessee Railway, erect the first all electric sawmill in the U.S. and employ over 2,200 people living and working in 18 coal and lumber camps.

Most of the buildings in the Stearns business district were painted in company colors – sage green with white trim. The Company office headquarters building and surrounding Company houses were painted white with dark green trim. Residents enjoyed services provided by the Company, such as water and sewage, electricity, and steam heat for their homes. Recreation amenities included a golf course, tennis courts, pool hall, and baseball field for their leisure time.

Learn more HERE.

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The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Take a trip back in time, to a slower-paced era when railroad travel was a way of life. Relive the romance of the rails when vintage trains provided an escape from the everyday routine. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum provides an interactive, historical experience that will add an extra dimension to your visit to Chattanooga’s popular attractions. Here you will find the only regularly scheduled, full-sized train ride in Tennessee. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is so much more than entertainment… it is your chance to experience the sights and sounds of yesteryear!

Learn more HERE.

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Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

“Proudly Serving for over 30 Years!”

The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad is an independent, Class III railroad serving a 150 mile corridor from Fort Smith, AR to Monett, MO. Together with our affiliates, we are committed to continually improving our transportation services for the long-term success of the company and the communities we serve.

The A&M Railroad operates an excursion train that is a major tourist attraction for the state. Riding the train allows one to take in some of the most scenic and rugged parts of the Boston Mountains.  Regular excursions depart from depots in Springdale, Van Buren, and Fort Smith.  Private and corporate charters are available for all occasions, including holiday themed trains.  Fundraising opportunities are available for nonprofit organizations.  Special rates are offered to groups of (20) or more.

Learn more HERE.

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Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad in Maine

Celebrating over 150 Years of Railroading!

This year, the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad offers weekend round trip excursions from our Unity Maine venue. Our season starts in February with special event trains, then regular excursions most weekends from Memorial Day through through October.  Finally we end our season with our Christmas specials.

Enjoy the beautiful piney woods, rolling fields, and creeks from either our open air observation car or from the comfort of our classic coach. 
Travel time is approximately one hour.

Learn more at their website HERE!
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The Kansas Belle Dinner Train

The goal of the Kansas Belle Dinner Train is a nostalgic trip back into the 1940’s era. You’ll experience beautiful scenery on a 22 mile round trip departing from the Baldwin City Depot while listening to 1940’s music.

The Midland Railway preserves the history on the first railroad line south of the Kansas River, originally constructed in 1867 by the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston Railroad.  

Learn more.

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Northwest Railway Museum: Train rides and shed update

The Northwest Railway Museum is happy to announce that winter train rides will be offered for the first time beginning on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 (weather permitting). Winter train rides will be available on Saturdays from Jan. 16 through March 27 (weather permitting.)

Winter rides are 90 minutes long onboard historic rail equipment along the museum’s 5.5 miles. This is the first time in the museum’s history that train rides have been offered during January-March. Rides begin at either the North Bend Depot or the Snoqualmie Depot.

Read more…

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Oklahoma Railway Museum

The Central Oklahoma Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) was founded in 1970 by Central Oklahoma Railfan Club a group of railroad enthusiasts who had interests in modeling, photography, historic preservation, and riding trains. The Chapter discussed building a museum to be an outlet for sharing their hobby with the public. The museum would also be a central repository and display space for the many artifacts and equipment the group was collecting. The Oklahoma Railway Museum (ORM) was established in 2000.

Learn more HERE.

Daniel Boone Railroad

Daniel Boone Railroad Photos And Video Found

I’ve written several posts now about the lost railroad in Hillsborough, NC. The Daniel Boone Railroad is a huge part of our past in NC. Below are some recent photos sent to me by  S.M. Smith, W.K. Smith and family and they retain the rights to the vintage photos. Also displaying some photos of what’s left of the track in Hillsborough, sent to me by Robert Hart. And finally, here is a video by Rob Tudor showing remnants of the railroad.

 

 

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Polar Express

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