SAM Shortline Excursion Train

Supported by a local Friends chapter, the SAM Shortline Train offers a unique experience. The rebirth of passenger trains on the old SAM mainline provides the citizens of Georgia as well as visitors to the state a rare opportunity to travel back in time and experience the romance and excitement of train travel. Rather than read about the region’s historic sites or view traditional exhibits about them in museums, passengers are surrounded by the places themselves as they roll across Crisp and Sumter Counties, stopping at towns which have contributed so much not only to our state’s great history, but also to our nation’s.

Special Story - SAM Excursion Train Awarded National Grant

The Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, the non-profit that supports the SAM Shortline Excursion Train, has been awarded a grant from the John Emery Rail Heritage Trust.

The grant of $12,000 was one of 22 awarded by the Trust. SAM manager Chris Lockwood says the funds will be used to repair and improve two coaches. “We need to upgrade the Leslie, our concession car, and the Americus, our table car,” he explains. Budd built both vintage coaches in the 1940s. According to Lockwood, although the grant won’...

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