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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Last year I donated a dollar a day to the local PBS television station WUNC-TV here in the Raleigh/Durham area and as a part of the drive I got some free gifts from the Scenic Railroads television show as well as 4 free tickets to ride on the excursion train at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (GSMRR) in Bryson City, NC. So in September we planned a trip to the Smoky's for the Thanksgiving Holidays. We arrived at the GSMRR Friday morning around 8:45am in preparation for our 10:30am departure. Check-in was at 9:15am, so this gave us some time to walk around and capture some images, once we checked in and got our tickets at the depot counter we enjoyed a visit at the train museum and shop. Here are photos from the GSMRR trip. Click on the thumbnails for a larger view.
GSMRR Bryson City Depot GP9 #1755 GP9 #1755

GSMRR Bryson City Depot

GP9 #1755

GP9 #1755

Ryan posing with GP9 #1755 GP9 #1755 wheel set At the Natahala Outdoor Center

Ryan posing with GP9 #1755

GP9 #1755 wheel set

At the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)

Caboose Generator Car GP9 #711 Ben and GP9 #711

Caboose Generator Car

GP9 #711

Ben and GP9 #711

GP9 #711 GP9 #711 Polar Express Ticket Display

GP9 #711

GP9 #711

Polar Express Ticket Display

Since we had about an hour to burn before the departure we toured the GSMRR train shop and museum and we really had a great time visiting both. The shop sells a lot of t-shirts, fleece pull-over's, hats, signs, Thomas The Tank Engine stuff, cards and collectibles. But it also has a large inventory of Lionel, HO and N scale equipment in addition to a large balsa wood collection. Behind the Bryson City Depot is the Smoky Mountain Trains museum and gift shop. This place has over 7,000 pieces of Lionelâ„¢ engines, cars, and track side accessories lining the walls full of display cases filled to the gills, and also has two complete layout displays. Admission to the museum is free with paid tickets to a GSMRR excursion. Here are some photos from inside the museum. Click on the thumbnails for a larger view.
Ben & Ryan at Museum Entrance Southern Passenger on Layout Cute Billboard

Ben & Ryan at Museum Entrance

Southern Passenger on Layout

Benchwork Billboard

Buddy L Outdoor Railway Loco Southern Woodside Boxcar Southern Square Window Caboose

Buddy L Outdoor Railway Loco

Southern Woodside Boxcar

Southern Square Window Caboose

Container Yard Layout and Southern Passenger Passenger Station

Container Yard

Layout and Southern Passenger

Passenger Station

Southern Passenger on Curve Southern Passenger on Curve One of Many Display Cases

Southern Passenger on Curve

Southern Passenger on Curve

One of Many Display Cases

Smaller Layout Action Monique and Ben at the Museum Southern Tank Car

Smaller Layout Action

Monique and Ben at the Museum

Southern Tank Car

Penn RR Flat Car with Load Sante Fe De-Construction Burlington Route GP-7

Penn RR Flat Car with Load

Sante Fe De-Construction

Burlington Route GP-7

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