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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway train and Blue Ridge depot

Running from Blue Ridge to McCaysville in the north Georgia mountains, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway has been in operation since 1998. Much of its 13-mile route follows the picturesque Toccoa River which flows from Blue Ridge Lake into Tennessee where it changes its name to the Ocoee River.

The rail line was constructed by the Marietta & North Railroad in 1890. In 1896 it became the Atlanta, Knoxville & Northern Railway and in 1902, the Louisville & Nashville. L&N was folded into CSX in the 1980s. In the 1990s, Georgia DOT purchased the line and leased it to Georgia Northeastern Railroad.

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Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad railcar at Blue Ridge depot

Trains depart from the Blue Ridge depot, constructed in 1905-06 by L&N.

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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway locomotive

No. 7529 is an EMD GP10, that is, a General Purpose (GP) Unit, model 10, built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors.

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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway train on spring day

No. 7529 on an April 2015 trip.

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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway no. 4631

No. 4631 on an April 2015 trip.

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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway website.

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