"Destination Georgia" -----SAM Shortline and Day Out with Thomas 2008


"SAM Shortline"

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SAM Shortline Excursion Train


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SAM Shortline Excursion Train offers an exciting, budget-friendly experience for the entire family.  While aboard SAM Shortline, passengers are given the unique opportunity to travel back through time along the old Savannah-Americus-Montgomery mainline. On its regular excursions, SAM travels west over beautiful Lake Blackshear and through several delightfully quaint South Georgia communities.

With its main depot in Cordele, Georgia, SAM is centrally located and only a couple hours drive from almost anywhere in the state. Our all-day, round-trip excursions are a wonderful day trip opportunity for the family.

SAM Shortline Destinations:

Georgia Veterans State Park, Leslie, Americus, Plains, and Archery, Georgia

SAM Shortline Fares:

Coach Seating -

Adult $25.50; Seniors 62+/ Military $22.50/ Children (3-12) $15.50

Premium Seating -

Adult $33.50; Children (3-12) $21.50

All children under 3 ride at no cost.


Day Out With Thomas 2008: The Great Discovery Tour



More information available by contacting SAM Shortline


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Classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, is set to roll into Georgia Veterans State Park for the Day Out With Thomas 2008: The Great Discovery Tour.  This fun-filled event offers preschoolers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & FriendsTM series. The tour, now in its 13th year, will make stops in more than 45 US cities and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers in 2008.    

WHO:             Thomas the Tank Engine


  • A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
  • An opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of The Railway
  • Activities for the whole family, including arts & crafts, storytelling, video viewing, live music,hay bale maze, mini-golf, face painting, and much more!

WHEN:          October 17, 18, 19 & 24, 25, 26, 2008

TIME:           Every hour on the hour, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:        SAM Shortline Excursion Train depot at Georgia Veterans State Park

                        2459 U.S. Hwy. 280 West, Cordele, Georgia



Tickets for Day Out With Thomas 2008: The Great Discovery are on sale now and available by calling

Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting www.ticketweb.com/thomas or www.SAMShortline.com

Ticket prices are $18 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply).

For more information and directions contact SAM Shortline Excursion Train at 1-877-GA-RAILS

(1-877-427-2457) or www.SAMShortline.com.  For information on Thomas & Friends, visit www.thomasandfriends.com