The train cars are nice and fairly comfortable. It was a hot and humid day and we enjoyed the breezes once we got going. I was very glad not to be in one of the cars that had a lavatory, the sickly sweet smell of lavatory liquid was pretty gross in that car. We were assigned seats in one of the open air cars and I much preferred that environment. The dining car was a snack bar with a fairly limited selection of items. Hint - go to the coffeeshop/smoothie shop located across the tracks from the ticket office after your ride. Not sure if you could carry open drinks on board.
The views from the train include a lot of trees. After all, this is Georgia/Tennesse hill country. The views along the river are lovely and include some ancient fish traps from the American Indians that used to populate this area. There are some other historic sites along the way. It's rather hard to hear the conductor relaying information about them though.
It's pretty and a relaxing way to spend some hours, especially with older relatives who wouldn't do as well on hikes. Another note, there's a guy with a golf cart that will ferry less able passengers back to their cars. Our aunt greatly appreciated that friendly service.
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