Blue Ridge Scenic Railway excursion to benefit Southern Museum

(Photo by Todd DeFeo)

BLUE RIDGE, Ga., March 17, 2015 — A Blue Ridge Scenic Railway excursion this month will raise money for the Kennesaw Museum Foundation in support of the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.

The excursion will leave from downtown Blue Ridge at 11 a.m. on March 28 and travel north along the Toccoa River, winding through the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Passengers can shop and dine during a two-hour layover in the twin border towns of McCaysville, Ga., and Copperhill, Tenn., before the one-hour return trip to Blue Ridge.

“Partnering with the Southern Museum to benefit its education mission is the perfect fit,” said Wilds Pierce, president of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and owner of the Georgia Northeastern Railroad. “We’re excited to team up with the museum to help educate the next generation of railroad fans about the role railroads played in our region’s, state’s and country’s history.”

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway offers excursions seasonally, operating a consist of vintage railroad rolling stock over a portion of the Louisville & Nashville’s former Hook and Eye line that connected Marietta, Ga., and Etowah, Tenn. Excursion trains depart from 241 Depot Street in downtown Blue Ridge.

“What better way to support the Southern Museum than by taking a train ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway?” asked Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation. “The Southern Museum is dedicated to preserving and retelling the story of railroads, and the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway offers the rare opportunity to travel via vintage railroad equipment while taking in the beautiful scenery of North Georgia.”

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