So where is Andrews???? About 35 West of Bryson City. On a railroad with a speed limit of just 15 it was a long trip, BUT a very scenic trip. Maybe that is why it was called a “Photo Excursion.” You may remember back last May when we rode the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and i rode in the cab with Engineer Dale…. well Dale was our engineer again today and gave us a wonderful smooth ride. Part of the trip involved climbing a mountain which has a 5% grade. (The max grade on a railroad is 6%.) We stopped twice and got off to photo and video the train coming through. The videos will get posted after i edit them. For now here are some stills of the trip.
Most of the turns on the GSMR are really tight. One has a 5 mph speed limit due to limited sight distance (about 100 ft).
These are a few of the barns seen along the way.
These are house boats on Lake Fontana. They are permanently anchored and moored. The owners get to them by boat. If you are wondering what happens when you flush,,,, well you call for the ‘pump-out boat’. This is part of the fees a houseboat owner would pay yearly. Not advised for sleepwalkers though!!!!