Great Smoky Mountains Railroad celebrates 25 years

Mar 27, 2013

Bryson City — 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, 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 on March 29-30 for the PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express™.  Passengers will join Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown, and our Easter Bunnies for old-fashioned Easter fun. Festivities during the layover include crafts, coloring sheets, temporary tattoos, live music, and snacks with Snoopy and more. Go on an Easter egg hunt for special prizes and, of course, lots of candy. Bring your camera to capture all these memorable moments.

Tickets* start at $51 per adult, $29 per child 2 through 12, and infants 23 months and under ride free in a heated Coach Class car. Upgrade to Crown Class and enjoy large picture windows and a souvenir tumbler with free refills for $66 per adult, $38 per child 2 through 12, and $10 per infant 23 months and under. Treat everyone to First Class! With assigned seating, enjoy a delicious meal, souvenir tumbler with free refills, and a special gift for $94 per adult, $54 per child 2 through 12, and $20 per infant 23 months and under.

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 July 19 through Aug. 4 is 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 Sept. 14-15. 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 the inaugural Masquerade Ball the evening of Oct. 31. All aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™!  This holiday favorite returns Nov. 8 through Dec. 29 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. Visit for the latest events and scheduling.