Please don't let the title scare you away from this excursion. This excursion does not portray itself to be a movie set or a staged facade . (although there is a movie set included for free) we will get to that further in the review.
Our ride began in the center of Dillsboro, NC. Arrive early to explore Dillsboro prior to departure.
I purchased our tix in advance in March and not knowing what the weather was going to be like in April, we chose the climate controlled cars instead of the open cars. $12.00 p/person upgrade.
We spent most of our ride in the open car because the weather was beautiful. So take your chances when booking in advance. :)
This rail system was a true freight line prior to it becoming obsolete then being taken over by the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.
This excursion follows the tuckaseegee River on one side and the side of a mountain through portions of the ride, through winding fields, panaramic mountain views, over three bridges, and a tunnel that leaves you in total darkness for one full minute..
(This would be a good time to throw momma from the train lol)
You will pass the train and bus accident scene from the movie The Fugitive with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. They have left the scene intact where it was filmed. One Take was all they got.
It may have been the timing of our trip but we had beautiful views from both sides of the train and some not so beautiful views of homeowners backyards. Most of the homeowners' did come out and wave to the passing train. This ride includes a 1.5 hour layover in the town of Bryson. A very nice little town worthy of exploring for more than the alotted time. The Depot again is situated in the center of town with all of the restaurants, ice cream shop, and real estate agents. Your ticket includes admission to the toy train museum..A must see for any age.
The conductor was very well spoken and VERY prompt (he sounds a lot like Hank Hill from King of the Hill)...you will want to pay verrrry close attention to your time in Bryson or you will walk 16 miles back to Dillsboro or camp out in Bryson for a week :) which didn't sound so bad.
Upon your arrival back in Dillsboro, they have rolled up the sidewalks near the depot except for the gift shop and the mercantile.
If you are in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge and have run out of things to do and need some relaxation. An approx. 30 mile drive over the mountain; which will take you about an hour. That drive in itself is awesome and breathtaking especially the curves into NC.
Let the pics speak for themselves.