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Photo Special

Back by popular demand, join the GSMR crew for an all day Photo Special Train with Steam Engine No. 1702!

About the Trip

This specialty train will depart June 3, 2017 and September 9, 2017 from Dillsboro, NC at 8:00 a.m. (but we recommend you be here about an hour before) to begin an all day excursion to the Nantahala Gorge and back, returning to Dillsboro by 3:45 p.m. This train will stop for 2 photo run-bys where passengers will have the opportunity to deboard and position themselves to capture the best photos possible. Guests will also enjoy a special Turn Table demonstration on the return to Dillsboro.

All passengers receive a boxed lunch with a choice of either a ham, turkey, or vegetarian fresh deli sandwich.

Tickets are $129 for Adults 13 years of age and up, $99 for Children (2-12 years) and $29 for Infants (23 months and under).


Times are approximate and subject to change
Trip TimeActivity
7:00 a.m.Ticket Sales/Will Call Opens
7:30 a.m.Boarding
8:00 a.m.Departure from Dillsboro, NC
9:15 a.m.Whistle Stop in Bryson City, NC (Passengers remain on board.)
9:30 a.m.Depart Bryson City, NC
10:15 a.m.First photo run by: West end of Fontana Trestle
11:00 a.m.Depart first photo run by
11:15 a.m.Arrive at NOC and take siding
11:35 a.m.Gorge train passes through NOC westbound
11:45 a.m.Depart NOC
11:55 a.m.Arrive at second photo run by at Milepost 78.5
12:40 p.m.Depart MP 78.5
1:30 p.m.Arrive at Bryson City for turntable move
2:30 p.m.Depart Bryson City
3:45 p.m.Arrival in Dillsboro

How to Purchase

You can purchase your tickets online or call our reservations department at (800) 872-4681.

Or, you can purchase your tickets the day of from a GSMR representative stationed at Lees at the Depot.

No matter how you purchase tickets, they’ll be waiting at will call.

Ticket prices are $129 for Adults (13 years old and up), $99 for Children (2-12 years) and $29 for Infants (23 months and under).

Where to Go

Unlike our other trains (which depart from Bryson City, NC), the Photo Special departs from Dillsboro, NC.

A GSMR representative will be handling ticket sales and will call at Lees at the Depot located at:

42 Depot Street
Dillsboro, NC 28725

Plan on being here by 7:00 a.m.

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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