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SAM Shortline Excursion Train, Cordele

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Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage cars, you’ll enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today’s South. The SAM Shortline stops in quaint towns filled with fun attractions, restaurants and shopping.
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  • We have taken our grandchildren on several of their, Thomas the Train events. The children really loved. They have several other excursions during the year both adults and children. The Polar Express ...  more »
  • This was a cute little trip. My husband's family decided to go on this little excursion, and I really did enjoy myself. The snacks on the train were good, and walking around former President Jimmy Car...  more »
  • We rode in the Samual Hawkins car...it was a 1939 train care with leather couches and nice leather cushioned bench seats with tables. I was able to store my walker on board and use my cane to walk two...  more »
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  • Greeting to all at Sam Shortline. Miss all your smiling faces. Even Mr. Terry😀. Best Wishes with Thomas Aventures. There is no other train ride like Sam's. I tell everyone of the one of a kind trips. Should be on every Bucket List to ride many times.🚂
  • My family and I took this little excursion recently. What a delight. We have never been on a real train before. Let me say it was worth it. There is a gentle rocking/undulation during the train’s movement (at least in the coach car, which is where we rode). We stopped at the telephone museum in Leslie GA. In my opinion it is worth the stop. It is a museum. You have to read about the pieces that you are looking at. It is not a guided tour. There is more to it than just old phones. There are a good many antique cars, a few Indian artifacts and some other interests within the museum. IF you do not like walking around and teaching yourself a little history, well then this will not be your cup of tea. Our ride did not stop in Americus. We went on to Plains. Nice downtown area. I did try the homemade peanut butter ice cream. I thought it was great. But my wife wasn’t crazy about it. The return trip does not stop. A few things I learned : I spoke with the conductor and asked how fast the train went. He answer 30 MPH. The concession car prices are reasonable for this type of entertainment. Bottled Cokes $2, popcorn $1. They have hot dogs and sausage dogs and Chick Fil A sandwiches. But the Chick Fil A goes FAST. Depending on your stops, there are other chances to eat in Americus and in Plains. The restrooms are clean. If you are of the male persuasion, be sure to take a wide stance if the train is in motion!! All cars have A/C. I would definitely recommend this trip. We had a blast.
  • I planned this trip as a birthday surprise for my husband. He had been saying for a while that he wanted to ride a train. I turned to Professor Google to find a train ride within the local area. We live in Tallahassee, and this was the best, air-conditioned option for a real train ride in the area. It is about a 2 hour and 30 minute drive from Tallahassee. We took the Plains Express ride on July 29th. I paid for VIP tickets (Hawkins car) because I liked the idea of lounge seating, and I wasn't sure if they had lots of kids riding in the summer. The train was pretty empty when we rode, and there was only one other couple in VIP. That's bad for business, but great if you want a more intimate experience. We both don't really like crowds. The train ride itself was enjoyable. The car was comfortable, and the fact that there wasn't a whole lot of people made it even more so. I really enjoyed the ride. It is a little bumpier than a car ride, but I didn't mind. It wasn't a whole lot to see, but for a first train ride we really enjoyed ourselves. Best parts were the university and riding over Lake Blackshear. The gentleman in our car was really nice, had a great sense of humor, and seemed to really enjoy telling us about all the sights. It was about an hour and thirty minutes to get to Plains. Once you get there you are on your own. You can walk on your own or stay on the train. I really liked the fact that you could get back on the train whenever you wanted to -- It was blazing hot outside. There isn't a lot to see in Plains; however I didn't find the layover to be too long. We walked down to see Jimmy Carter's house (not worth it!), got some peanut ice cream (SO worth it!) and went to the museum at his old school (worth it). After we got back on the train, we headed back to the commissary car. The VIP tickets allowed us a free Chick-fil-A sandwich or hot dog, a drink, and chips. We asked for nachos instead because we are vegetarian. They were really flexible in accommodating us, which was nice. This is really a family friendly activity. Kids enjoy it as well as the elderly. I am already preparing to take a parents on the train -- both of their birthdays are coming up -- and I am hoping that this attraction is still around when I have kids of my own.
  • Fun trip for old and young alike. Terry and crew work hard for SAM.
  • Our great grandma's 90th birthday celebration was a wonderful adventure today on the SAM Shortline excursion train. She was thrilled to spend the day with 15 family members who drove to Cordele from Atlanta and Tallahassee. Personal attention from staff and wheelchair lift assistance were gracious, warm and caring. The kids loved their first real train ride as much as she enjoyed probably her last one. All aboard! Take your family on this wonderful trip in beautiful South Georgia.