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Cordele - Historic SAM Shortline Railroad

105 East 9th Avenue

Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage cars, you'll enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South.  The SAM Shortline stops in quaint towns filled with fun attractions, restaurants and shopping. The rails traversed by SAM Shortline's passenger trains are part of the Heart of Georgia Railroad. The name "SAM Shortline" derives from the original railroad's name, the Savannah, Americus and Montgomery, and from the name of the line's founder, Colonel Samuel Hugh Hawkins.


Audrey Dickens

Friday, March 9, 2018
DEFINITELY recommend the Hawkins Car! A nice, luxurious ride with lunch included. Our "guide" that was in our car was very informative about what we were passing and seeing. The ladies in the concession car were super helpful and nice. The conductor was very nice and kind to all the adults and kids when he came through the car and spoke with each family. The town of Plains was a great stop with a hometown feel and such an admiration for Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter. Will be doing this excursion again. We started at the station in Veterans Park and traveled across Lake Blackshear...a lovely, scenic journey!!

John Newell

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Took the trip today had a blast. The trip was relaxing, train was clean and the all the staff was great. We especially enjoyed Thomas who was our host for our car.

Ryan Burke

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
If you like trains or fun thing for the whole family this could be your ticket. Run by volunteers who clearly like what they do. Brought back many childhood memories of when I rode trains regularly. Authentic train experience. Had a great time!

Monica D

Friday, July 28, 2017
We went on the peanut Express with myself my sister and our combined for children. We had an awesome time. We sat in the Americus car had a great View. The staff went above and beyond to make sure that we had a good time even having an extra deck of cards that they lent to us to keep our 5 6 7 and 8 year old entertained. A special shout-out to miss opal. The telephone Museum was pretty cool. And the peanut ice cream in Plains Georgia was amazing!! We also found a few hidden treasures; a baseball field right behind the restaurant we stopped at and a picnic table right next to the police station that was covered by a gazebo and had an antique Coca-Cola machine out front. The towns were nostalgic and the ride was good.

Laura Brian

Sunday, March 4, 2018
All the people working are friendly. Makes us feel like family.

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