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Posted - 06/01/2008 :  1:31:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Apparently, this isn't a really long train ride...rather a fairly short ride to McCaysville and Copperhill, a lengthy layover there, and then a fairly short ride back to Blue Ridge.

My daughter, son-in-law, and two grandkids (8&3yoa)are coming up for a few days over July 4. Is this something the kids would enjoy or are they going to be more bored than impressed, particularly with the layover to go shopping or whatever.


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Posted - 04/11/2009 :  2:52:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit IluvGa.'s Homepage  Reply with Quote
Does it cost a lot to ride this train?

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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  10:29:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
IluvGa, here is their web address:

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Posted - 04/13/2009 :  11:13:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mr Bill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm going to ride this next Saturday with various ages of kids and I'll be able to give some impressions based on that afterwards.

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Posted - 04/20/2009 :  10:01:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit bears way's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have taken several sets of people all ages on the train ride, they
all seem to enjoy it.

Kangeroo Farm east of Eiljay is great, all ages enjoy it. Rent a
pontoon on Lake Chatuge, great fun,

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Posted - 04/20/2009 :  12:37:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been on this ride twice. Once several years ago and the other last year. I thought the view along the river wasn't as good as it used to be. The trees have grown and in a lot of places along the ride you can't even see the river. If you go (especially in the summer) be sure to get in an air conditioned train car. You will be a lot more comfortable.

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Posted - 04/20/2009 :  7:04:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit IluvGa.'s Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes I'm going to ride this train too, maybe this year.

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Mr Bill

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Posted - 04/23/2009 :  09:07:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mr Bill's Homepage  Reply with Quote

As indicated earlier, we rode the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway this past weekend. The train ride itself takes an hour each way, although distance wise it doesn't travel far (The distance from Blue Ridge to McCaysville is only about ten miles, although the train takes a more scenic route that adds about three miles). So it's a nice leisurely authentic train ride along the Toccoa River.

Once you get to the the destination point, it's time to disembark and explore the joined towns of McCaysville, GA and Copper Hill, TN.

Most people head to restaurants for lunch once they get off, which means the restaurants get very busy in a short amount of time. It's possible to get a box lunch from BRSR or bring your own lunch and eat in the pavilion right where you disembark. This avoids the restaurant crowds and I think makes for a more enjoyable experience.

Once you're done eating, it's fun to walk around and follow the blue line separating Georgia from Tennessee (conveniently marked in light blue along the roads and sidewalks and even onto some of the buildings). Aside from walking around, there are curio and antique shops to wander through. We didn't wander into anything that captured the young kids' attention and even as adults, it was a little hard to find something to occupy our time.

The train ride definitely gets the youngsters' attention though and the river is pleasant enough to watch from the train. There's some garbled announcements along the way pointing out items of interest like the recreated Cherokee Indian fish trap (shown below).

We followed up the train trip with a cook-out on the grill back at the house. Overall, we enjoyed the train trip and thought it made for a wonderful family outing. If you're looking for something to do as a family for four or five hours (and more if you combine it with a cookout like we did), then Blue Ridge Scenic Railway on a warm Spring or Summer day is an excellent way to go!

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Posted - 04/23/2009 :  5:09:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit swissroger's Homepage  Reply with Quote
great report how it actually is, unfortunaly no steam engine, thanks for the pics!

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Posted - 04/23/2009 :  8:46:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice pics! I feel like i'm almost there.

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