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Carolina Shine Moonshine Experience

“Shine and Dine” on the railway! We cordially invite you to hop on board The Carolina Shine, GSMR’s All-Adult First Class Moonshine Car! We will be proudly serving the hand crafted, triple-distilled, Midnight Moon moonshine. The smoothest tasting moonshine in the Carolinas! 

Operating in 2016 on the Nantahala Gorge excursion, this shine and dine experience begins in a renovated First Class train fleet car, The Carolina Shine. The brand new interior design features copper lined walls filled with the history of moonshining in North Carolina. Learn about the proud tradition that the Appalachians established when bootlegging was an acceptable way of life and local home brews were the best in town. Read about Swain County’s very own Major Redmond, the most famous mountain moonshine outlaw of the 19th century.

Once your appetite for knowledge is satisfied, enjoy sample tastings of famous NASCAR legend, Junior Johnsons, Midnight Moon family of spirits. Featuring Apple Pie, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Cranberry and Strawberry moonshine. If the samples are not enough, there will be plenty of Moonshine infused cocktails like Copper Cola or Moonshiner’s Mimosa available for purchase.

GSMR is excited to collaborate exclusively with Piedmont Distillers in Madison, NC to serve our guests only the best!  Each jar is handcrafted and authentically infused with real fruit, the way moonshine was meant to be made. All of the fruit flavor and color comes from the fruit itself, just as nature (and moonshiners) intended. No colors, additives, preservatives or artificial flavors are added to our fruit inclusions. Midnight Moon tastes like real fruit, because it is made with real fruit.

Passengers will also enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride with an attendant serving GSMR’s freshly cooked pulled pork barbeque rubbed with Cajun spices then slow-roasted to perfection served with southern sweet cornbread muffin with honey butter, coleslaw, and cinnamon apples then finish with a delicious piece of Moonshiners' Mud Pie. Riders will also receive their very own Carolina Shine mason drinking jar, refillable with soda beverages and tea throughout the day, a Midnight Moon official mason jar shot glass, and a souvenir GSMR tote bag (1 per couple/party).

During the month of October. 9am and 2pm departures. 9am will feature the option of a delicious Sausage & Bacon Quiche or Cheesy Ham Hash Brown Casserole. The 2pm departure will be serving the popular BBQ meal.

The Moonshine Experience begins May 27. See the schedule for departures. Tickets will be selling fast so make sure to claim your spot today!

Pricing

LocomotiveAdult (21+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
Diesel $99.00 ($105.00 October) N/A N/A
Steam $112.00 ($118.00 October) N/A N/A

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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.

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