From GreenevilleSun.com and The Greeneville Neighbor News
BRYSON CITY, N.C. – Every year, railroad enthusiasts and history buffs from around America gather in Bryson City for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s RailFest.
This year, the 11th Annual RailFest will be Sept. 15-16. The festival will include a taste of railroading, food, memorabilia, storytelling, dance, music, special excursions and events that happen only once a year.
The Bryson City Depot will showcase two steam engines: LeHigh Valley Coal Company #126 and “The Little Engine that Could™.”
“These two engines will be partnering up to provide special Caboose train rides
throughout the weekend,” said an event spokesman.
Trains will leave Bryson City on Saturday at 12:15 and 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:45 p.m.
To ride the Murphy Branch Line, tickets begin at $35 for adults and $17.50 for children 12 and under.
“A small selection of historical Motorcars will be featured,” the spokesman said. “These track cars were formerly used on railroads to inspect track and carry track gangs and their tools to work zones.’
The now privately-owned Motorcars are used to ride on short line railroads nationwide. Rides on the unique cars will be available during RailFest.
RailFest will also include an authentic Mountain Craft Fair, featuring nearly 30 area crafters and artists displaying and selling their handmade crafts, pottery and artwork.