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Great Train ride

We ride the train at least once a year this time we traveled to Plains. I suggest you eat lunch as... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bainbridge, Georgia
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Very enjoyable 35 mi/hr train ride to Americus and Plains on the Americus Car. Tips for on... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ride the train at least once a year this time we traveled to Plains. I suggest you eat lunch as soon as possible when you arrive. If you miss lunch the concession car is well supplied with food. The cars are well maintained and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very enjoyable 35 mi/hr train ride to Americus and Plains on the Americus Car. Tips for on train: 1. Bring a light jacket or sweater it can get cool w/the air cond and the fan. 2. bring your own healthy snacks like bananas, apples, granola...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Frances4343
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun, casual day trip. The train is original. Not fancy but functional. We love to stop in Americus for lunch at 1800 on lay over and then on to Plains for peanut butter swirl ice cream. There is a snack bar on train with sodas,...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed September 8, 2019

Very nice trip, would love to do it again. Short trip but nice. I went with a group of seniors and we all enjoyed the trip.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank bcressman
Reviewed May 18, 2019

We spent a week in Georgia in our RV and on our last day decided to take the train ride from the Veterans State Park to Archery via Leslie, Americus and Plains. This was a 7 hour pilgrimage, so not for the faint hearted, or...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 15, 2019

The people on the train were very nice and full of information for everyone. The ride itself is a little slow but we went to get away and relax so it was fine. We went to Plains and they give you 1 1/2 hours to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank gypsyrose6
Reviewed April 1, 2019

We took the Sumpter Special Train trip to Plains, hometown of Pres. Jimmy Carter, with our Senior Adult group from church. It was a nice, leisurely trip on the train with great views over Lake Blackshear and farm land in the countryside. Nice side trip...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Cary H
Reviewed December 17, 2018

We took our two-year-old and one-year-old here for a Christmas surprise. It was absolutely wonderful. It’s about a two-hour train trip one way. You pass through Pecan groves, cotton groves, and several small towns. Everyone had easy access to at least one window (and usually...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank DrMichaelM
Reviewed November 28, 2018

Took 30 seniors and chaperones on this trip. Staff was very accommodating to the seniors with mobility issues. The train conductor was awesome! One of our travelers is a special needs young lady. He was very gracious and spoke kindly to her and gave her...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Michelle W
Reviewed November 11, 2018

The staff is SUPER friendly, they answer any questions you have about the train or the area. They train goes 35 miles an hour, so it's not crazy fast, the train goes over lake black bear, and have super pretty views. The food is hot...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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November 6, 2018|
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Response from Frances4343 | Reviewed this property |
You can do a search on google or binq for Sams Shortline Excursion Train and then click on images - that will show you how the seats look for each car but it won't say what car it is but you can tell from the website's... More
July 11, 2017|
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Response from rayl557 | Reviewed this property |
Not to the boy hood home but they have a train in October last two week ends of October it's Thomas the train
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February 22, 2017|
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