We took our first ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad this afternoon and what a ride. Remember that we are in the MOUNTAINS so the rail bed has to go around the higher mountains and through the smaller ones. All this and not have a grade of more than 6%. Our conductor today told me that the GSMR has some of the steepest grades in the country, one that is 5.58%.
We didn’t notice the grades but the switch back turns were really something. It was really hard to get good pictures of this since we were in mostly heavy woods and lots and lots of rocks.
Tomorrows ride in the cab will have provide better pictures and some good video. If i can figure out how to insert them you will get to enjoy. For now here are some photos.
This is the locomotive i will be riding in tomorrow. It is a GP-5 (1500hp) but repowered to a GP-9 giving it 1750 HP.
After we returned to Bryson City we went to the Smoky Mountain Train Museum. I think i may have found a good layout to model our future one at the Historic Onley Station.
It’s only 25 ft by 45 ft. Of course that will take up the entire station plus 10 ft. Might have to rethink this a bit. More tomorrow from the cab.