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Watauga Valley to offer rail excursion

The Watauga Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will offer its Summer 2010 Rail Excursion through the Scenic Hiwassee River Gorge in East Tennessee.
Excursion date is set for Saturday, July 17. The excursion will feature a ride on the rails through the river gorge as the railroad tracks travel along the Hiwassee River. The trip will be a 50-mile, 3 ½ hour round-trip excursion to the famous “Hiwassee Loop.”
The train is general seating and features comfortable cushioned seats with large windows.
The trip will begin in downtown Johnson City at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 17 at the State of Franklin Parking Lot, where passengers will board a motor coach to Etowah. Passengers will also be picked up at Century 21 parking lot at 2040 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy., Greeneville, at 7:45 a.m.
Lunch will be on your own before boarding the train at 12:45 p.m. with the train departing at 1:15 p.m. and arriving back in Etowah at 4:15 p.m. The motor coach will depart Etowah at 4:30 p.m. with expected arrival back into Greeneville at 7:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. into Johnson City.
Ticket cost is $80 per person. Meals are not included. Ticket includes train ride, and motorcoach to and from Etowah.
To order tickets, enclose your check or money order (cash or credit cards not accepted) along with the number of tickets. Send check to: Summer 2008 Rail Excursion, Watauga Valley Chapter NRHS, P.O. Box 432 Johnson City, TN 37605. You can also go online where there is a printable order at – click on excursion trips. Mark on your order form whether you are loading in Johnson City or Greeneville, For questions about the trip, e-mail [email protected] or call the chapter ticket office at 753-5797.