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25th Anniversary

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Celebrates 25 years of Railroading Excellence

Bryson City, NC – Celebrating 25 years of railroading excellence and enjoyment, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) is anticipating a fantastic “Silver Season” in 2013! This year will be packed full of opportunities to explore the beauty of Western North Carolina by train and delight in the adventure of railroad engineering. Special promotions and discounts will be offered this year as well as 25th Anniversary merchandise being sold exclusively in the Smoky Mountain Trains Gift Shop!  All of the favorite special events that add extra excitement to Bryson City and Dillsboro will be returning, with the addition of brand NEW events to enjoy!

Continuing in year-round operation, January and February Saturday trains will be departing for a 4-hour round trip Tuckasegee River Excursion from Bryson City to Dillsboro, NC with a 1 to 1 ½  hour layover. Plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining! Travel along the rustic country-side of the Smokies, passing through the manmade Cowhee tunnel and running past the infamous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford!   

Throughout the year exciting special events for families and kids of all ages will be returning. Start with a visit with The PEANUTS™ gang for the Be My Valentine Charlie Brown Express™. Enjoy old fashioned Valentine’s festivities for kids during the layover destination in Dillsboro on Saturday, Feb 9th. Snoopy and friends will be back again March 29th & 30th for the PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express™! Easter egg hunts, prizes, candy and more! During the months of June, July and August the classic beloved television hero The Lone Ranger will be making special appearances on the Tuckasegee River Excursions!  

 Returning this July19th through August 4th the DINOSAUR TRAIN™!  Based on the award winning PBS KIDS® series, this adventure filled event will be joining us again for learning and exploring. As fall approaches, plan to enjoy the 12th Annual RailFest and Mountain Craft Fair on September 14th & 15th. October weekends bring our favorite PEANUTS™ gang back for The Pumpkin Patch Express™! Activities include hayrides, trick-or-treating, and picking your very own pumpkin. Join us for our first annual Masquerade Ball the evening of October 31.

 All aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™!  This holiday favorite returns November 8th through December 29th running magical trips to the North Pole. Families will enjoy Christmas Caroling, Sleigh

Bells, “Hot, Hot, Hot” Chocolate, and a special visit with Santa Claus. Finish out the exciting year by ringing in the New Year in style with dinner, dancing, and a midnight champagne toast onboard the New Year’s Eve Gala.

The ever popular First Class and Family First Class options will be back with all the southern hospitality our train cars can hold. Traveling within the mountains of Western North Carolina, passengers enjoy a unique dining experience while our hosts serve and entertain. Relax in the comfort and style of vintage dining cars that feature large viewing windows and climate control. Enjoy a delicious lunch; unlimited soda, tea, or coffee in your souvenir tumbler; and receive a special gift!

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