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Historic railroad to hold annual 'Touch-A-Train' event

SAM Shortline will hold its fourth annual "Touch-A-Train" event in Cordele this Saturday. / Mary Green

Adventure-seekers of all ages will have a chance to go back in time and get up close and personal with a piece of American history this weekend.

The SAM Shortline in Cordele is holding its annual Touch-A-Train event this Saturday to mark National Train Day, which commemorates when the last spike was placed for the first transcontinental railroad back in 1869.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georgia Veterans State Park in Cordele.

Guests can board the train, talk with its conductor and engineer and interact with other vehicles, like police cars and fire engines. There will also be other activities, including an archery exhibit and an appearance by Thomas the Train.

Gate admission is $2, while a train ride over Lake Blackshear is an extra $5 more.

“This is the way vintage train travel was back in the 40s, 50s, on up until about the 60s, so it’s a unique way of seeing how people used to travel from town to town before the Interstate Highway System and things like that,” SAM Shortline Manager Terry Miller said.

If you can’t make it out this weekend, the SAM Shortline will start its summer schedule in two weekends, when they’ll run full-day excursions on both Fridays and Saturdays throughout the season.

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