The Carolinas are blessed with plenty of places to see and ride a train, both narrow and standard gauge. We are working with the owners and managers of these trains, arranging special events and opportunites for Convention Attendees to enjoy.
Whatever direction you are coming from to Hickory, there is a train to ride available for you. All of these operations are within a four hour drive of Hickory, NC. Those coming from the North also have Cass Scenic and other trips available to you, within five hours of Hickory. Specially arranged events are:
Mon/Tue, Sept. 5/6, 2011 (Pre-Convention)
The Convention Committee has made special arrangements with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (owned by the same company who owns the Durango & Silverton Railroad) in Bryson City, North Carolina, for a special deal on a train trip over their railroad. The discount is $10 off per seat for their First Class accommodations on the Nantahala Gorge train for Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2011, and Tuesday September 6th.
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 (Pre-Convention)
Motorcoach trip from Hickory, NC thru "Tweetsie" Country to the famous Doe River Gorge. At the gorge, ride a narrow gauge train (diesel) through the gorge and its tunnels and bridges. (Extra fare)
Thursday, Sept 8, 2011
A very special afternoon at world-famous Tweetsie Railroad, the state's oldest theme park. Ride behind double-headed narrow gauge steam and visit ET&WNC #12 and WP&Y #190. Trip is included with vendor and attendee registration.
Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
Join us at Palmetto Brick in Wallace, SC for a special tour and demonstration operaton of a real-live gasoline narrow gauge "critter operation," complete with link and pin couplers!
Saturday, Sept 10, 2011
Visit the North Carolina Transportation Museum in nearby Spencer, NC. The NCTM has some of the finest vintage steam facilities remaining in the United States, as well as being home to ET&WNC #15, the famous "Triple Combine."
Afterwards, visit Denton Steam Park for a 1.5 mile ride behind a standard gauge 0-4-0 and take in all of the vintage steam equipment, including an operable Erie steam shovel. (Extra Fare)
We are going all out to make this first National Narrow Gauge Convention in the Southeast a memorable event. No matter what scale we model, everyone enjoys seeing the real thing, especially in operation. We are steam fans as well, and enjoy great scenery both on our model railroad and from a full sized train.