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Freedom Train

Come celebrate Independence Day with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad's Freedom Train!

Independence Day, the day to celebrate our freedom and enjoy a long weekend with family and friends. If you're looking for a relaxing evening with no rushing or traffic worries, hop onboard the Freedom Train to enjoy American classics like a BBQ picnic-style dinner, a slice of apple pie, spectacular sunset views on the Fontana Trestle, and a visit from Uncle Sam himself!

The Freedom train will depart from the Bryson City Depot on July 4th at 7:00 pm and will follow the Nantahala Gorge Excursion route to the Fontana Trestle. Once at the trestle, the train will pause for some remarkable lake views and then will make its way back to Bryson City.

The train will return in just enough time to disembark in Bryson City and enjoy Bryson City's Freedom Fest for a fantastic fireworks show! NO RUSHING, NO TRAFFIC WORRIES, just the enjoyment of this patriotic celebration. Seating is limited. Reserve your train ticket today!

Classes of Service

First Class

Diesel $95.00 N/A N/A
Locomotive Adult (21+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)

First Class features assigned seating at a dining table in a climate-controlled car with large picture windows. Each couple will receive a souvenir tote bag, and everyone will receive a souvenir travel mug with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea all evening from the car's attendant.

All passengers on the Freedom Train will be served an All-American picnic-style dinner of a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, potato chips, and a slice of home-style apple pie.

Limited bar service available. Adult (21+ only) tickets are $95.

Premium Open Air Gondola

Diesel $82.00 N/A N/A
Locomotive Adult (21+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)

The Premium Open Air Gondola is an adult-only (21+) car featuring assigned seating with unrestricted views, half-height walls, and a roof above to protect passengers from the elements. Each couple will receive a souvenir tote bag, and everyone will receive a souvenir travel mug with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea all evening from the car's attendant.

All passengers on the Freedom Train will be served an All-American picnic-style dinner of a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, potato chips, and a slice of home-style apple pie.

Snuggle up with an official Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Sweatshirt Blanket by adding just $25 to your reservation; a $29 value. At 54" x 84" it's the perfect size for two.

Limited bar service available. Adult (21+ only) tickets are $82.

Family First Class

Diesel$95.00$54.00$20.00
Locomotive Adult (13+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)

Family First Class features assigned seating at a dining table in a climate-controlled car with large picture windows. Each adult couple will receive a souvenir tote bag, and all passengers over the age of 2 will receive a souvenir travel mug with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea all evening from the car's attendant.

All passengers on the Freedom Train will be served an All American picnic-style dinner of a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, potato chips, and a slice of home-style apple pie.

Limited bar service available. Adult tickets are $95, $54 for children (ages 2-12) and $20 for infants.

Crown Class

Diesel $77.00 $47.00 $15.00
Locomotive Adult (13+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)

Crown Class features assigned seating in a climate controlled car with large picture windows. All passengers over the age of 2 will receive a souvenir travel mug with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea all day from the car's attendant.

All passengers on the Freedom Train will be served an All-American picnic-style dinner of a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, potato chips, and a slice of home-style apple pie.

Beer and wine available. Adult tickets are $77, $47 for children ages 2-12 years old, and $15 for infants 0-23 months.

Coach Class

Diesel $61.00 $39.00 Complimentary
Locomotive Adult (13+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)

Coach Class features open seating in an enclosed car, windows, which can be opened for fresh air and taking photos, and ceiling fans.

All passengers on the Freedom Train will be served an All-American picnic-style dinner of a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, potato chips, and a slice of home-style apple pie.

Adult tickets are $61, $39 for children (ages 2-12) and infants 0-23 months ride complimentary.

Open Air Gondola

Diesel $61.00 $39.00 Complimentary
Locomotive Adult (13+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)

Open Air Gondolas feature open seating in a car with unrestricted views, half-height walls, and a roof above to protect passengers from the elements. And, guests will enjoy a tasty pulled pork BBQ meal with potato chips, fresh coleslaw, and home-style apple pie!

All passengers on the Freedom Train will be served an All-American picnic-style dinner of a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, potato chips, and a slice of home-style apple pie.

Snuggle up with an official Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Sweatshirt Blanket by adding just $25 to your reservation; a $29 value. At 54" x 84" it's the perfect size for two.

Adult tickets are $61, $39 for children (ages 2-12) and infants 0-23 months ride complimentary.

Class Comparison

Amenity First Class Premium Open Air Gondola Family First Class Crown Class Coach Class Open Air Gondola
Meal Included Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Restrooms Available Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air Conditioning Yes No Yes Yes No No
Assigned Seating Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Souvenir Travel Mug Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Large Picture Windows Yes No Yes Yes No No
Souvenir Tote Bag Yes Yes Yes No No No
Windows Open/Close No No No No Yes No
Ceiling Fans No Yes No No Yes No
Ideal for Photography No Yes No No No Yes
Outward Facing Seats No Yes No No No Yes
Padded Seats Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Ticket fares subject to 7% Historic Preservation Fee and 6.75% North Carolina sales tax. Schedules, fares, motive power, equipment, seat selection, and meals are subject to change without notice. We guarantee the class of service you select. You will be notified if a change in schedule or motive power affects your reservation. Payment in full at booking by major credit card is required to finalize a reservation. You may cancel your reservation in full or in part and receive a refund less a $14.00 fee per adult ticket and $7.00 fee per child ticket as late as 48 hours before departure. Within 48 hours of the departure the reservation becomes nonrefundable. You may reschedule any time prior to your originally scheduled departure with a $6.00 fee per ticket for another date within the same calendar year. You may not reschedule a reservation after the scheduled departure.

You agree that The Freedom Train event (the “Event”) for which you purchased tickets and/or attended is a public event, that your appearance and actions inside and outside the venue where the Event occurs are public in nature, and that you have no expectation of privacy with regard to your actions or conduct at the Event. You hereby irrevocably grant permission to the Event’s host railroad, licensor, sponsor(s) and/or their assigns to use, copy, display, distribute, exhibit and utilize your name, image, digital image, likeness, acts, poses, voice, appearance, movements and statements in any live or recorded audio, video or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction of same, including at the Event (regardless of whether before, during or after the Event) for any purpose, in any manner, in any medium or context now known or hereafter developed without further authorization from or any compensation to you or anyone acting or entitled to act on your behalf.

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