Upcoming Events

Day Out With Thomas
Day Out With Thomas - Purchase DOWT Tickets HERE.
Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 27, 2019
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Event opens at 9:00 AM
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 9AM
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 9AM
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 9AM
Sunday, October 27, 2019 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.
Day Out With Thomas
Day Out With Thomas - Purchase DOWT Tickets HERE.
Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 27, 2019
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Event opens at 9:00 AM
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 9AM
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 9AM
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 9AM
Sunday, October 27, 2019 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.
Day Out With Thomas
Day Out With Thomas - Purchase DOWT Tickets HERE.
Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 27, 2019
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Event opens at 9:00 AM
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 9AM
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 9AM
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 9AM
Sunday, October 27, 2019 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.
Day Out With Thomas
Day Out With Thomas - Purchase DOWT Tickets HERE.
Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 27, 2019
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Event opens at 9:00 AM
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 9AM
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 9AM
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 9AM
Sunday, October 27, 2019 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.
Plains Express Train Ride
Saturday, November 2 - Saturday, November 23, 2019
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10AM
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10AM
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: 7 hours, 0 minutes)
Sumter Special Train Ride
Friday, November 8, 2019 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: 8 hours, 25 minutes)
Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Saturday, November 16, 2019 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: 7 hours, 45 minutes)
Plains Express Train Ride
Saturday, November 2 - Saturday, November 23, 2019
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10AM
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10AM
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: 7 hours, 0 minutes)
Christmas In Plains Special Train Ride
Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 3PM
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: 2:30pm / Departure: 3:30pm
(Total trip: 7 hours, 15 minutes)
Candy Express Train Ride
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Friday, December 6 - Friday, December 20, 2019
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10AM
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10AM
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 10AM
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10AM
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 10AM
Hop aboard with Santa as we travel from Georgia Veterans State Park 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: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 6 hours, 45 minutes)
Candy Express Train Ride
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Friday, December 6 - Friday, December 20, 2019
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10AM
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10AM
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 10AM
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10AM
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 10AM
Hop aboard with Santa as we travel from Georgia Veterans State Park 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: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 6 hours, 45 minutes)
Candy Express Train Ride
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Friday, December 6 - Friday, December 20, 2019
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10AM
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10AM
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 10AM
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10AM
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 10AM
Hop aboard with Santa as we travel from Georgia Veterans State Park 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: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 6 hours, 45 minutes)
North Pole Express
Friday, December 13, 2019 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!

Downtown Cordele's "Winter Wonderland" will feature lots of activities for the kids including bouncy houses and a REAL snow slide!

Boarding: 6:00pm / Departure: 6:30pm
(Total trip: 3 hours, 0 minutes)
Candy Express Train Ride
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Friday, December 6 - Friday, December 20, 2019
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10AM
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10AM
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 10AM
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10AM
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 10AM
Hop aboard with Santa as we travel from Georgia Veterans State Park 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: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 6 hours, 45 minutes)
Candy Express Train Ride
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Friday, December 6 - Friday, December 20, 2019
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10AM
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10AM
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 10AM
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10AM
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 10AM
Hop aboard with Santa as we travel from Georgia Veterans State Park 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: 9:30am / Departure: 10:00am
(Total trip: 6 hours, 45 minutes)
Breakfast With Santa (#1)
Breakfast With Santa
Saturday, December 21, 2019 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 21, 2019 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 21, 2019 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)
TBA - To Be Announced Train Ride
Friday, February 14 - Saturday, April 11, 2020
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 9:30AM
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 9:30AM
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 9:30AM
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 9:30AM
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 9:30AM
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 9:30AM
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 9:30AM
Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 9:30AM
Details Coming Soon!
TBA - To Be Announced Train Ride
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 9:30AM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Details Coming Soon!
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