Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, North Carolina
|Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, NC (Great Smoky Mountain Railroad)|
In the beautiful and remote corner of western North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad travels along 53 miles of track through two tunnels and over 25 different bridges.
The railroad features a variety of scenic, round-trip excursions departing from Bryson City throughout the year, including:
the Moonshine Experience (Diesel and Steam), Nantahala Gorge (Diesel and Steam), PEANUTS Great Pumpkin Patch Express (Diesel), Tuckasegee River (Diesel and Steam).
This premier scenic railroad is a one-of-a-kind experience. Call (800) 872-468.
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, California
|Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad (Julianne G Crane)|
This railroad also features rides on the quaint 'Model A' powered Jenny Rail cars. These trolley-like rail cars were once used to provide transportation for logging and track repair crews. Call (559) 683-7273 for more details.
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
|Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad (Oregon Coast Railroad)|
The two-hour Fall Splendor Excursion travels along the Nehalem River. The Candy Cane Express "is lit up with Christmas lights to make it glow in the low winter light."
The line extends from the Tillamook Air Museum blimp hangar on the South side of Tillamook through Garibaldi, Rockaway Beach and Wheeler, where the tracks turn to the East and head up into the coast range along the remote and breathtaking Nehalem and Salmonberry River canyons.
Tickets can be purchased onboard the train or on the website. Call 1 (888) 718-4253.
Chehalis-Centralia Railroad, Washington state
|Chehalis-Centralia Railroad in Washington State|
"Gaze at the scenery as the nine-mile, former Milwaukee Road track winds through the scenic upper Chehalis River valley, crossing over several wooden trestles and passing many historic farms," says the website.
"Relax in the open car behind the mesmerizing sounds of a 1916-vintage steam locomotive. Sit down to a white-tablecloth, old-fashioned dining car experience. Step back to another age. "
The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum is just a 90-minute drive from either Portland, Ore., or Seattle, Wash., and is located conveniently near Interstate 5 at Exit #77. Call (360) 748-9593
-- Julianne G. Crane
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