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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.


Lindsay Paez

Thursday, June 14, 2018
3 year old loved it! He's obsessed with trains and this whole day was a thrill for him. Honestly surprised he stayed happy and enthusiastic for the majority of the trip. Only problem was the overall cleanliness of the car we were in (with the red seats). The window had grime/goo that I wiped up so my kids hands didn't get gross. The rain made the stop in Plains a bit of a disappointment but we enjoyed the shops we visited.

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!!

Ashley Branch

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
We rode from the Veterans State Park to Plains and Archery. Wonderfully relaxing ride, plenty of time at the stops, and the workers and volunteers on the train were super friendly. A wonderful way to make new memories doing something different.

jenn crist

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
I only stopped in to get information because of family coming to visit. Seems like it would be a nice family excursion and the woman I spoke with was very informative about not only Sam's Shortline, but other attractions in the area.

Leslie Mullins

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Great ride on nice train. Relaxing. Not really a scenic route though.

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