The Great Smoky Mountains train offers scenic train rides through the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is an exciting trip with 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 15 bridges. Various choices of excursions range from half day to full day round trips. In addition you may choose from steam or diesel engines, ride gourmet dinner trains, mystery theatre dinner trains, rafting combinations, and Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers various seating options, trips and pricing.
The railroad operates over the western leg of the ?Murphy Branch? which is a former branch line of the Southern Railway. Aside from running tourist excursions year round, the railroad also carries freight between Dillsboro and Andrews. The American Heritage Railways owns the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad which is also the parent company of the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Texas State Railroad.
Guests on-board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys and through river gorges in a spectacular region near The Great Smoky Mountains. This section of Western North Carolina offers a wide array of ever changing vegetation and fantastic landscapes.
Ride a train and raft a river all in one day. Passengers taking the Nantahala Gorge Excursion can also get to whitewater raft the full length of the popular Nantahala River. The perfect trip for anyone wanting to experience the full adventure of the mountains.
The railroad has also been featured in movies such as the Fugitive in 1993 starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, in which the wreckage set can still be viewed on eastbound Tuckasegee River Excursions departing from Bryson City; My Fellow Americans in 1996 starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner; and the train scenes of 1998 film Forces of Nature starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock.
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