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Explore the Great Smoky Mountains and Fontana Lake on the Diesel Powered…

Explore the Great Smoky Mountains and Fontana Lake on the Diesel Powered Locomotives

Diesel Powered Train Rides

Explore the Smoky Mountain on the Diesel Train

Bryson City, NC, is home to the historic Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, with its diesel locomotives sure to instill a feeling of nostalgia and excite the child at heart with gentle excursions through the Smoky Mountains.Their fleet of locomotives GP9’s , GP7, GP30 and GP38-3 are the backbone of ourthe railroad. Each locomotive has the power to pull their full passenger trains through these beautiful mountains, arriving right on time! Enjoy one of their scenic excursions with one of these bad boys leading the way! For steam-powered train rides, click here.

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Nantahala Gorge Train Excursion

Take a train ride along side the beautiful Nantahala River on the Nantahala Gorge Excursion! Departing from Bryson City, this 4½ hour roundtrip excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala River Gorge and back again arriving at our…

Tuckasegee River Train Excursion

Enjoy a relaxing ride through quiet countryside on your way to small town life in western North Carolina on the Tuckasegee River Excursion. Departing from Bryson City, this 4 hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and back…

Train Special Events

Carolina Shine Moonshine Experience

“Shine and Dine” on the railway! We cordially invite you to hop on board The Carolina Shine, GSMR’s All-Adult First Class Moonshine Car! We will be proudly serving handcrafted, triple-distilled, craft moonshine. Some of the smoothest…

Smoky Mountain Beer Run

Join us for a delightful adults-only specialty train excursion, known as the Smoky Mountain Beer Run! This unique journey offers great music, delicious beer, tasty food, and unforgettable memories. Departing from our Bryson City Depot, the…

Uncorked - A Rail and Wine Experience

Passengers will enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride in our First Class cars with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge…

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is a 1¼ hour round-trip passenger excursion that comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North…

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Museums

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