1. Tammy Nichols

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    We rode the GSMR Silver Meteor on the Nantahala Gorge trip. This was a beautiful trip in October and the car was very comfortable. We were served lunch and had the choice to purchase cocktails. However, we thought train made a loop. Instead, we rode to the Nantahala Outdoor Center where we had an hour to explore and then returned to Bryson City the same way we came. That would not be bad if we all switched seats so that we got two different views of the trip. Instead, we saw the same thing twice….that made for a long ride. Next time we will combine the train trip with an excursion like ziplining or rafting. This will only require us to be on the train for a couple of hours. It was still a great trip and we met some really nice people while enjoying the fall foliage.

  2. Hubert Kennedy

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    What a rip off… First off, they state that kids are free all summer but if you don’t mention that when you are booking you will pay full price for kids. When you pick up your tickets at the station and mention that you had a kid and why did they charge you if they ride free they state that they will not honor the kids free because you didn’t mention that when you booked. You would think that when you tell them the ages of the passengers that they would say that your 11 year old will get to ride free…but no they don’t!!!! Very dissapointed in their sales strategy. Also the staff were rude and not real friendly and I don’t think that seeing old dilapidated mobil homes is what you call great mountain views. Will never ride again and definatly DO NOT recommend anyone waisting their money and time.

  3. Scott Tucker

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    Bought tickets for my husband’s birthday and even though it rained, he had a wonderful time. We felt that it was reasonable, the food was better than we expected. The waitress was informative and very nice. The town of Dillsboro was small and we enjoyed shopping around and meeting very friendly people. When we got back on the train for the ride back, we got our dessert and it was delicious. The conductor also had some very interesting information about the railway and the town of Bryson City. We bout the $10 guide that you can purchase either when you buy your ticket or when you attend the snack car. It has a lot on interesting facts that make it a great souvenir. If you are still on the fence, go ahead and do it once. We will be back for sure.

  4. Jan Thomas

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    I took the Nantahala Gorge Excursion, and chose the Premium Open Air car (Adults only) called the Nantahala car. It was a little more expensive than some of the other cars, but came with a server to refill drinks, and a hot lunch delivered to us (instead of having to queue-up at the food car.) We were served bbq, cole slaw, and a bag of bbq chips, and apple pie for desert. Our server was wonderful. It was a hot day, so I was glad we were in an open air car. The ambiance was wonderful, with the bluegrass banjo player coming to our car and playing songs, and the wonderful scenery. I took a lot of photos of the scenery, and met some nice people.I think you will really enjoy this train ride.

  5. Suzy James

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    Great experience and wonderful scenery, the train’s staff were very entertaining too..Our young daughter enjoyed it too.