Experience an adventurous passenger train excursion in southwest Georgia on the Sam Shortline Excursion Train.
Even though we enjoyed our ride during the Christmas season, The Sam Shortline runs year round with a variety of different excursions to choose from.
The Sam Shortline is an impressive and entertaining day trip train ride. The adventure begins at Veterans State Park in Cordele Ga.
Along the journey of the hour and a half ride you will experience the rural Georgia countryside. There are majestic farm fields, pecan and peach tree orchards. Our trip was during the cotton crop season. The cotton fields are beautiful in full bloom just before harvest begins in late fall or early winter.
Visit Plains, Ga. Home of President Jimmy Carter
The ride took us across Lake Blackshear with an hour stop in Plains, Ga. Plains is the home of President Jimmy Carter. The locals pull out all the stops to entertain the passengers from the Sam Shortline during their visit to Plains. We were there for the Christmas Excursion ride so we enjoyed the Christmas decorations in Plains. All of the downtown shops were open and in walking distance from the train depot.
There was a giant firepot in the downtown park, with a nice big fire for roasting the provided marshmallows! We enjoyed such a warm and welcome spirit on our tour of Plains. Some of the downtown businesses post the schedule for dates that President Carter will be teaching Sunday School. We were told that he sometimes shows up to greet visitor s from the Sam Shortline.
The Sam Shortline has many adventurous train rides throughout the year. The passenger cars are 1949 vintage. Well informed Volunteers accommodate the passengers during the ride. There is a commissary car with limited food and beverages available for purchase as well as souvenirs. Once the ride begins the Conductor makes announcements including encouraging passengers to walk between cars and explore the train. It is perfectly safe to walk between cars as there is not an open space between the cars. There are volunteers posted at each car door to assist with the transition as well.
Thomas the Train makes an appearance in the fall. We were told this is a very popular excursion so get your tickets early!
Some of the excursions on the calendar include; Valentines Excursion, Peanut Express, Americus Adventure, Conductor’s Favorites as well as several more. In early fall, Sam become Thomas the Train! You can view the entire schedule here.
Our trip on the Sam Shortline during the Christmas season was so much fun. I can’t believe we waited to so long to do this!
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