With the turntable being man powered, they allow passengers to get involved & give them the chance to turn the engine themselves.
Putting on a good show cresting the Ferguson grade. 1702 bring's it's train into the outskirts of Bryson City. This is one of my favorite spot's to get the train for obvious reason's.
The fireman signals to the engineer on 1702 to reverse onto a cut of cabooses in the Bryson City yard while GP9 1755 awaits for another day on the Tuckasegee River.
GSMR 1751 and 711 climb their way up the short Ferguson Hill just outside of Bryson City with the return of the weekly Tuckasegee River excursion.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad No. 1702 climbs Ferguson Hill headed west to Bryson City, North Carolina. The locomotive is pulling the final of two annual steam-powered Polar Express excursions. L... (more)
1702's fireman takes a break as former Southern Pacific GP9 1755 aka "The Polar Engine" backs to couple up to the Polar Express consist. 1702 will then proceed back to Dillsboro tender-f... (more)
GSMR 777 and 1751 lead an eastbound Tuckasegee River excursion up the 3% Ferguson Hill with a 18 car consist and steam locomotive in tow.
North Carolina's last currently operating steam locomotive rests in the afternoon sun before heading tender-first east to Dillsboro where she'll be stored until late December.
GSMR GP7 777 arrives in Bryson City with Great Smoky Mountain Railroad's newest piece of rolling stock- a former CSX coach from Florida. They'll install some seats and she'll be put immediately to... (more)
GP9 1751 and former Sante Fe GP30 2467 tie up the mainline in the Bryson City yard switching out the Nantahala Gorge consist as storm moves in. As soon as the pair clear up the main, 1702 will hea... (more)
The 1702 slowly eases its way through the cut running along US 19 as the crew gets itself ready for the next uphill climb.
1702 climbs the at least 2% (could be 3+; I don't know what it is through here) grade up the horseshoe curve just west of Bryson City. The diesels on the rear of the train are having to do much of... (more)
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad 1702 crosses the Tuckasegee River shortly after departing Bryson City. The fireman is laying on the No. 4 Fuel Oil in preparation for the climb out of town.
Passengers have huddled around the depot and the engine as they get their pictures and admire the engine before they board the train.