Upcoming Events

Murder Mystery Dinner Train
Murder Mystery Dinner Train (Cordele, GA)
Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 5:15PM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Join Cordele Main Street and the Historic SAM Shortline for a special evening train as we try to solve the murder mystery "Southern Ways and Means". All tickets include dinner at the Downtown Cordele Depot. Cash bar will be available to all passengers. Seating in the Americus & Hawkins cars include two drink tickets and snack mix on the tables. Proceeds to benefit the Cordele Railroad Museum and the Historic SAM Shortline Railroad. Boarding: 4:45pm / Departure: 5:15pm (Total trip: 3 hours, 40 minutes)
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 9:30AM
Downtown Cordele Depot
Cordele, GA
Travel from our Downtown Cordele Depot to President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, The Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop the retail stores on Main Street and sample peanut butter treats.

Boarding: 8:45am / Departure: 9:15am
(Total trip: 7 hours, 20 minutes)
Peanut Express Train Ride
Friday, September 7, 2018 at 10AM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park to visit the amazing Georgia Rural Telephone Museum in Leslie. Afterwards, we'll head to President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, The Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop the retail stores on Main Street and sample peanut butter treats.

Boarding: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 6 hours, 15 minutes)
Sumter Special Train Ride
Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10AM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park Depot to Historic Americus, Georgia to explore the beautiful downtown area, including the Windsor Hotel and Rylander Theater.

Next, you'll visit President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, The Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop the retail stores on Main Street and sample peanut butter treats.

Boarding: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 7 hours, 0 minutes)
Plains Peanut Festival Special Train Ride
Plains Peanut Festival Special
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 8:45AM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park to experience the Annual Plains Peanut Festival. We will arrive just in time to watch the parade. Afterwards you can enjoy the other festival activities.

Boarding: 8:15am / Departure: 8:45am
(Total trip: 6 hours, 15 minutes)

Shuttle Train Rides (Additional Fee) are available while at Plains Peanut Festival to President Carter's Boyhood Farm. Tickets can only be purchased at event.
$10 coach seats
$15 premium seats
Plains Express Train Ride
Friday, September 28, 2018 at 10AM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park Depot to President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, The Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop the retail stores on Main Street and sample peanut butter treats.

Boarding: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 5 hours, 45 minutes)
Sumter Special Train Ride
Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10AM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park Depot to Historic Americus, Georgia to explore the beautiful downtown area, including the Windsor Hotel and Rylander Theater.

Next, you'll visit President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, The Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop the retail stores on Main Street and sample peanut butter treats.

Boarding: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 7 hours, 0 minutes)
Peanut Express Train Ride
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10AM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park to visit the amazing Georgia Rural Telephone Museum in Leslie. Afterwards, we'll head to President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, The Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop the retail stores on Main Street and sample peanut butter treats.

Boarding: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 6 hours, 15 minutes)
Day Out With Thomas
Day Out With Thomas - Purchase DOWT Tickets HERE.
Friday, October 19 - Sunday, October 28, 2018
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Event opens at 9:00 AM
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9AM
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 9AM
Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 9AM
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9AM
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 9AM
Day Out With Thomas™ offers an opportunity for children and their families to take a 25 minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and much more!

Train departure times are at 10:00 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am, 12:45 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:15 pm & 3:00 pm.
Watermelon Express Train Ride
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 9:15AM
Downtown Cordele Depot
Cordele, GA
Travel from our Downtown Cordele Depot to President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, The Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop the retail stores on Main Street and sample peanut butter treats.

Boarding: 8:45am / Departure: 9:15am
(Total trip: 7 hours, 20 minutes)
Sumter Special Train Ride
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10AM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park Depot to Historic Americus, Georgia to explore the beautiful downtown area, including the Windsor Hotel and Rylander Theater.

Next, you'll visit President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, The Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop the retail stores on Main Street and sample peanut butter treats.

Boarding: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 7 hours, 0 minutes)
Peanut Express Train Ride
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10AM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park to visit the amazing Georgia Rural Telephone Museum in Leslie. Afterwards, we'll head to President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, The Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop the retail stores on Main Street and sample peanut butter treats.

Boarding: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 6 hours, 15 minutes)
Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10AM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats.

Boarding: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 6 hours, 50 minutes)
Christmas In Plains Special Train Ride
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 3:45PM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Enjoy a relaxing evening on SAM Shortline as we travel to Plains in time for all the lights in Plains to glow brightly. President and Rosalyn Carter will throw the switch to light up the town. There will be Christmas music and activities to put you in the spirit of Christmas. Special plans are in store as we have word that SANTA will be joining us on our excursion. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase while on board (Americus & Hawkins car passengers only).
Coach cars are alcohol-free.

Boarding: 3:15pm / Departure: 3:45pm
(Total trip: 6 hours, 15 minutes)
North Pole Express
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 6:30PM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Join SAM Shortline for special Christmas train ride from our Georgia Veterans State Park Depot to our Downtown Cordele Depot to visit with Santa!

We will have plenty of activities for the kids as well as artisan vendors in the Jingle Bell Market.

Boarding: 6:00pm / Departure: 6:30pm
(Total trip: 2 hours, 30 minutes)
Mistletoe Express Train Ride
Friday, December 21, 2018 at 9:30AM
Downtown Cordele Depot
Cordele, GA
Hop aboard with Santa as we travel from our Downtown Cordele Depot to President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia. Our elves will pass out free candy canes and we'll enjoy Christmas music along the way. Explore the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum, the train depot Campaign Headquarters, The Billy Carter Service Station & Museum, shop the retail stores on Main Street and sample peanut butter treats.

Boarding: 9:00am / Departure: 9:30am
(Total trip: 6 hours, 40 minutes)
Breakfast With Santa (#1)
Breakfast With Santa
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 8:15AM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Climb aboard the train for a special trip to the Lake Blackshear trestle, where you will enjoy Chick-Fil-A minis and other special Christmas treats with the Jolly Ol’ Elf.

Boarding: 8:00am / Departure: 8:15am

8:00 AM Boarding begins
8:15 AM Depart Georgia Vetereans State Park Depot
8:20 AM Park on trestle to eat breakfast
8:50 AM Train ride for 45 minutes
9:35 AM Arrive Georgia Veterans State Park Depot
(Total trip: 1 hour, 20 minutes)
Breakfast With Santa (#2)
Breakfast With Santa
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10:15AM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Climb aboard the train for a special trip to the Lake Blackshear trestle, where you will enjoy Chick-Fil-A minis and other special Christmas treats with the Jolly Ol’ Elf.

Boarding: 10:00am / Departure: 10:15am

10:00 AM Boarding begins
10:15 AM Depart Georgia Vetereans State Park Depot
10:20 AM Park on trestle to eat breakfast
10:50 AM Train ride for 45 minutes
11:35 AM Arrive Georgia Veterans State Park Depot
(Total trip: 1 hour, 20 minutes)
Breakfast With Santa (#3)
Breakfast With Santa
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 12:15PM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Climb aboard the train for a special trip to the Lake Blackshear trestle, where you will enjoy Chick-Fil-A minis and other special Christmas treats with the Jolly Ol’ Elf.

Boarding: 12:00pm / Departure: 12:15pm

12:00 PM Boarding begins
12:15 PM Depart Georgia Vetereans State Park Depot
12:20 PM Park on trestle to eat breakfast
12:50 PM Train ride for 45 minutes
1:35 PM Arrive Georgia Veterans State Park Depot
(Total trip: 1 hour, 20 minutes)