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Plains excursion train turns back time

September 9, 2002

Americus --  In three weeks the excursion train linking Cordele and President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains will make its inaugural run. 

Monday  morning, workers were busy building the train platform for passengers unloading in downtown Plains. The first run for the Plains excursion train will be September 28th as part of their Peanut Festival. The train will leave Cordele at 10:00, traveling to Leslie, Americus, and Plains on its South Georgia tour.

Interest in the new train tour has been strong. Plains Visitor Center Manager Penny Smith said "It's another product that we have here for the tourists, and tourism is the second largest industry in the state of Georgia. We feel it will be a big boost to us here in South Georgia."

President Carter himself will ride the train on it's first regularly scheduled run October 26th. The SAM Shortline  train excursion will then run every Friday and Saturday. If you would like to make reservations for the train, you can call 1-800-864-7275.

posted by jimw@WALB.com