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Narration Car

Are you a history buff that likes the occasional side of theatrical drama? We have the train car just for you!

The Great American Rails-N-Tales Narration Car offers a one of a kind narrative entertaining learning experience while riding one of our scenic train excursions. Passengers will enjoy seating in the newly renovated Bryson City coach, fully updated with a car-wide sound system that ensures no single story detail will be missed.

History books are not needed while “tracking your way through time” as your guide will be famous 19th Century Poet, Writer, and Great Smoky Mountains inhabitant Horace Kephart.

All throughout your journey Kephart will guide you along the rails weaving in the history and tails that make the Smoky Mountains great! Hear stories about the haunted Cowee Tunnel, the construction of the Fontana Dam, life in early Western North Carolina, and the gone but not forgotten towns that once thrived in the hollers of the Smoky Mountains.

Join us this season for the Great American Rails-N-Tales Narration Car experience – one history lesson you will never forget!

The Narration Car begins May 26 and will be offered on both Nantahala Gorge and Tuckasegee River Excursions. See the schedule for departures. Tickets will be selling fast so make sure to claim your spot today!


Diesel $63.00 ($68.00 October) $39.00 ($42.00 October) Complimentary
Steam $69.00 ($74.00 October) $43.00 ($44.00 October) Complimentary
Locomotive Adult (21+) Child (2-12) Infant (0-23 Months)

How to Purchase

You can purchase your tickets online. Just look for Narration Car on the date and time noted on the schedule.

Or, call our reservations department at (800) 872-4681 to have a reservationist help you.

No matter how you purchase tickets, your tickets will be waiting for you at will call.

Where To Go

All departures are from the Bryson City Depot in Bryson City, NC.

Entrance to the parking lot is located at:

45 Mitchell St
Bryson City, NC 28713

Parking is $6 per vehicle or $7 per RV.

Plan on arriving at least 1 hour prior to your departure.


We're still working on the 2020 schedule. Check back soon!

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 $6.00 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 $7.00 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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