Upcoming Events

Presidential Flyer Train Ride
Friday, June 29, 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: 7 hours, 15 minutes)
Plains, Trains & Fireworks
Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 5:30PM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park Depot to President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia for an evening of entertainment, food, games, kids activities and of course, FIREWORKS!

Boarding: 5:00 pm / Departure: 5:30 pm
(Total trip: 6 hours, 29 minutes)
BBQ & Fireworks Train Ride
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 8PM
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
BBQ & Fireworks Train Ride
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park Depot and enjoy a barbeque dinner with a view of beautiful Lake Blackshear. After a train ride through the Sumter County countryside, we return to the Lake Blackshear trestle to watch the huge fireworks show at Georgia Veterans State Park.

Boarding: 7:30pm / Departure: 8:00pm
(Total trip: 2 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.
$7 coach seats
$13 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)
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, July 7 - Saturday, November 3, 2018
Downtown Cordele Depot
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 9:30AM
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 9:30AM
Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 9:30AM
Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 9:30AM
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 9:30AM
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: 9:00am / Departure: 9:30am
(Total trip: 6 hours, 15 minutes)
Sumter Special Train Ride
Friday, July 20 - Friday, November 9, 2018
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Friday, July 20, 2018 at 10AM
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10AM
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, July 13 - Friday, November 16, 2018
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Friday, July 13, 2018 at 10AM
Friday, July 27, 2018 at 10AM
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 10AM
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10AM
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, July 14 - Saturday, November 17, 2018
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 10AM
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 10AM
Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10AM
Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 10AM
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10AM
Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10AM
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10AM
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)
Candy Express Express Train Ride
Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Friday, November 30 - Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Friday, November 30, 2018 at 10AM
Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10AM
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 10AM
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10AM
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 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: 5 hours, 15 minutes)
Mistletoe Express Train Ride
Saturday, November 24 - Friday, December 21, 2018
Downtown Cordele Depot
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 9:30AM
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 9:30AM
Friday, December 21, 2018 at 9:30AM
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
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 8:15AM
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10:15AM
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 12:15PM
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
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 8:15AM
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10:15AM
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 12:15PM
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
Georgia Veterans State Park
Cordele, GA
To buy tickets, select one of the ride times below.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 8:15AM
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10:15AM
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 12:15PM
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)